Alliance of AIDS Services Honors CBC’s Paul Pope for Extraordinary Contributions

Alliance of AIDS Services Honors CBC’s Paul Pope for Extraordinary Contributions

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Corp’s Paul Pope (center), surrounded by several of his fraternity brothers, proudly displays his Art Sperry Lifetime Achievement Award.

Four years ago Corporate VP of Community Relations Paul Pope met with the Alliance of AIDS Services.   The group told him of the necessity of raising the awareness of HIV in the Triangle and other critical needs of the Alliance.  Pope listened.  In fact, he responded in such a big way that the Alliance of AIDS Services recently honored him with its greatest award.

Pope has once again been honored for his ground-breaking work in the Triangle community.  The Alliance of AIDS Services recently presented Pope with its Art Sperry Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Alliance of AIDS Services made the presentation at its 2nd Annual Red Ribbon Ball on Friday, December 7, 2007, at the North Carolina Museum of History in downtown Raleigh.

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Paul Pope (center) receives the Art Sperry Lifetime Achievement Award at the Alliance of AIDS Services’ 2nd annual Red Ribbon Ball.
Lee & Evelyn Booker
FOX 50’s Evelyn Booker (right) & her husband, Lee, attend the ball to honor Pope as he receives his award.

The Sperry Lifetime Achievement Award is not presented each year, but only in years when the Alliance staff and Board Members believe someone has risen above and beyond. 

Alliance Director of Development & Public Affairs John Paul Womble said, “Paul Pope has done just that.”

The award recognizes an individual who has significantly impacted the Alliance’s work and ability to carry out its mission.  Pope was recognized by Alliance Executive Director Jacquelyn Clymore for his instrumental role in establishing an ongoing partnership between the Alliance and Capitol Broadcasting, and for helping the Alliance reach out to and partner with key organizations in the African-American community.

Valerie Ward & Jill Bullard
ATC’s Valerie Ward (left) & Jill Bullard of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle are thrilled to see Pope get such a well-deserved honor.
Valerie Ward & Ed & Jan Sharp
Corp’s Jan Sharp (r to l) and her husband, Ed, enjoy the festive occasion with ATC’s Valerie Ward.

From that initial meeting a few years ago, a lengthy and deep partnership has grown between CBC and the Alliance for AIDS Services.  Pope spearheaded a three-year (and ongoing) media partnership with CBC stations for the Alliance’s biggest annual events, Works of Heart, Evening with Friends, and AIDSWALK+RIDE.  He has also procured CBC sponsorships for these events.  And he has also helped the group reach into new communities.

“We wanted to honor Paul for his role in this,” said Womble.  “He’s just been an amazing man for us.”

“Paul Pope has been, in so many ways, the ‘gentle giant behind the scenes’ of the Alliance for the past four years,” said Clymore & Womble in their nomination.  “He has shined a light on the agency which has created interest, excitement and awareness. He truly put us on the radar with groups and individuals we have been unable to reach in the past, and assured that HIV is recognized and our work on behalf of HIV positive clients is respected both here in the Triangle and beyond.”

Additional awards were presented, including Red Ribbon Awards recognizing a Healthcare Professional, Community Organization and Faith-based Organization for exemplary service to the HIV/AIDS community in the Triangle.

Thanks to Corp’s Paul Pope for these capcom photos.

 

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