Center to Host Screening of Award-Winning Documentary and Panel Discussion on HIV/AIDS in the District

Washington, D.C. – August 4, 2014 – The Center for Nonprofit Advancement will hold a screening of the film Even Me and a panel discussion on Thursday, September 25, at Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC), presented by Kaiser Permanente.

Even Me is an award-winning documentary that confronts the overwhelming crisis of HIV/AIDS among individuals age 50 and over. Defying the myth that HIV/AIDS is a gay or young person’s disease, this revealing documentary depicts the devastating impact of this epidemic on the heterosexual, older adult population and communities of color.

The short film has won awards including Winner, Best Short Film at the Florence Short Film Showcase 2013 and Accolade Competition Winner, and has been named an Official Selection at film festivals including the Cleveland International Film Festival, the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival and more. Filmmaker Megan Ebor received her Master’s in Social Welfare from the University of California Los Angeles. After working in the field of aging nearly 15 years, her recent work engages social documentation as a means to expose the issues faced by the clients she has encountered as a senior advocate, care manager, and Long-Term Care Ombudsman. Even Me is her first short documentary.

The event will be attended by 300 nonprofit, philanthropic, corporate, and government leaders (including Mayor Gray and Mayoral candidates Councilmembers Bowser and Catania, and Carol Schwartz). A panel discussion on the rising rates of HIV/AIDS cases in the District will follow the screening, featuring Ebor and LaWanda Gresham, one of the individuals featured in the film.

According to the D.C. Department of Health, residents between 40 and 59 have the highest rates of HIV cases, and black women account for the majority (92.2%) of living HIV cases in DC. In addition, older Americans are more likely to be diagnosed with HIV late in the course of their disease, resulting in a late start to treatment and/or higher incidence of infection to their immune system (doh.dc.gov).

“The Center for Nonprofit Advancement reaches and engages over 20,000 nonprofit, philanthropic, corporate and government leaders,” said Glen O’Gilvie, CEO. “We believe leveraging our collective strength to increase awareness about the growing impact HIV/AIDS is having on individuals age 50 and over is appropriate and timely.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Center’s 35 Campaign, a fundraising campaign to enhance the organization’s educational offerings in honor of its 35th anniversary, and Damien Ministries. Damien Ministries is a long-time Center member and leader serving individuals affected by HIV/AIDS.

Learn more about the event and register now.

About the Center for Nonprofit Advancement
For over 35 years, the Center has strengthened, promoted and represented the Greater Washington nonprofit sector in partnership with nearly 1,000 organizations (our members). We connect our members to tools and resources to help them meet their missions. Center members are a diverse group of large and small nonprofits serving communities in Greater Washington, across the nation and around the world. Our members depend on us for training and technical assistance, networking and best practices, advocacy and high quality health insurance and management assistance services.