On December 7, 2014, the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) raised awareness about minority health-care shortcomings and the prevalence of HIV/AIDS among African American and Latino American populations during “The Red Ribbon Affair” GALA Awards Dinner at Taglyan Complex. The event, which coincided with the organization’s 79th anniversary, featured a “Girls On Fire” fundraiser fashion show to benefit the NCNW’s social and educational programs, and also honored Tony Award-winning actress, author, and activist Sheryl Lee Ralph for her tireless efforts to support HIV/AIDs research and disease prevention education. Reverend Cecil ”Chip” Murray, Michael Weinstein E.D., and AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and Community Outreach Specialist Sonia Hooper were also recognized at “The Red Ribbon Affair.”
Since its founding in 1935, The National Council of Negro Women has served as a staunch advocate for African American females and Women of Color by creating and impacting meaningful educational programs for women and their families in communities who are challenged by lack of resources and finances; according to the NCWC, African Americans and Latino Americans are disportionately affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, as well as multiple other curable diseases and conditions. To combat this growing problem, The NCWC annually provides services, activities, and aid to nearly 4 million women through 39 national affiliate organizations and more than 240 sections.