SAN FRANCISCO (Sept. 26, 2012) - The landmark 5th Annual Hep B Free “B A Hero” Gala, calling for the end of all hepatitis in San Francisco will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at the InterContinental Hotel located at 888 Howard St. in the City.
U.S. Representative Mike Honda will be honored for his dedication to Hepatitis B awareness. In 2006, Congressman Honda helped launch the Hep B Free movement when he was publicly tested at the largest ever one-day Hep B screening event. Just this past May, Congressmen Honda set another milestone, co-founding the Congressional Viral Hepatitis Caucus, a bi-partisan effort to reduce the growing viral hepatitis epidemic.
Hon. Mike Honda is screened for hepatitis B at the Asian Heritage Street Celebration in 2006.
Also being honored is Dignity Health, the fifth largest hospital system in the nation and the Founding Hep B Free Super Hero sponsor of the event. Lloyd Dean was the first hospital CEO to meet with Hep B Free and Dignity Health hosted the first Hep B Free planning meeting.
The evening will be an exciting, informative and fun-filled night with this year’s theme: “Don’t Gamble with Your Liver!” Mayor Ed Lee will help kick off festivities and returning co-emcees are: Honorary Hep B Free Chairperson Assemblywoman Fiona Ma and ABC7/KGO-TV News Anchor Alan Wang.
The event will also feature a display highlighting the 1,000 clinicians in the city who have signed the Hep B Free Clinician Honor Roll.
Partners for the event include the SF Hep C Task Force and Hep B Free Bay Area partners: Alameda County, San Mateo County, and Santa Clara County.
The B a Hero Gala
is the biggest night of the year towards raising awareness and funds to end viral hepatitis in America. Proceeds from the event fund AsianWeek Foundation’s participation in Hep B Free activities. In just the last year alone, AsianWeek Foundation has helped organize or participate in 25 outreach and screening activities, held the largest joint Hep B and Hep C screening in the country, and just signed 1,000 clinicians for the SF Hep B Free Clinician Honor Roll, all pledging to screen and vaccinate their at-risk patients.
There will be casino games to go with the Don’t Gamble With Your Liver theme! Guests can play Pai Gow and Black Jack to redeem raffle tickets. 2 chips can be traded in for 1 raffle ticket; prizes in the raffle include round trip South West Airline tickets!