Laser Show Donated to Kick-Off TeachAIDS Inaugural Gala

October 21, 2010

Celebrating a night of achievements, the TeachAIDS Inaugural Gala was kicked-off with a dazzling laser show to celebrate their one-year anniversary as a nonprofit entity. Co-chaired by the Honorable Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (Member of the United States House of Representatives (CA-14)) and the Honorable Senator Joe Simitian (State Senator of the 11th Senate District of California), more than 200 Silicon Valley executives, academics, and heads of NGOs attended the Crown Plaza Hotel Cabana in Palo Alto, California to attend this exclusive evening which captured the achievements and future milestones for the TeachAIDS organization. The laser light show “From Ocean to Stars: A Splash of Color ”, donated by Manick Sorcar, thrilled the audience with its fascinating graphics and magical space effects, which was followed by speeches by Senator Joe Simitian, Professor Clifford Nass of Stanford University, among others. The event was fully sponsored in honor of TeachAIDS’ one-year anniversary.


The laser show (left) was followed by a speech delivered by State Senator Joe Simitian
at the TeachAIDS Inaugural Gala

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Manick Sorcar applauded after the laser show.
On right, Jordan Marxen, Master of Ceremony of TeachAIDS Gala show.

Left to Right: Dr. Piya Sorcar, Founder and CEO of TeachAIDS, Mr. Charles (Chop) Keenan, III, CEO of Keenan Land Company and Manick Sorcar.

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Left to right: Ann Porteus, Professor of Education, Terrence Blaschke, Professor of Medicine and Molecular Pharmacology, Jeannette Blaschke, David Katzenstein, Professor of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine.

Left to Right: Deborah Stipek, Dean of the School of Education at Stanford, Shelley Goldman, Professor or Education and Mechanical ngineering, Ray McDermott, Professor of Education and cultural and Social Anthropology, and Roy Pea, Professor of Education and Computer Science.

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Rebecca Smith, Associate Dean for External Relations at the School of Education with Gary Mukai, Director of the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education

Doug Owens, Professor of Medicine and Health Research Policy with Paul Wise, Professor in Child Health and Health Research Policy.

Founded at the Stanford University School of Education, TeachAIDS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to educate individuals about HIV/AIDS prevention despite social and cultural challenges. TeachAIDS utilizes a rigorous, research-based process to develop medically-accurate, culturally-tailored HIV/AIDS educational animations. Based on original Stanford IRB-approved research, these interactive applications were developed by an interdisciplinary team of experts in the fields of education, communications, public health, and medicine to target young learners. In partnership with international organizations, and incorporating the voices of global celebrities, TeachAIDS disseminates free animated curricula to educators around the world. TeachAIDS materials have been tested with tremendous success in numerous developing regions and are currently used in more than 25 countries, including South Africa, China, Rwanda, Botswana, India and the United States.

The TeachAIDS organization was founded by Dr. Piya Sorcar, Manick Sorcar’s eldest daughter, as part of her graduate work at Stanford University.


TeachAIDS 2010 Inaugural Gala Photo Album


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