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Health for All Blue Diamond Ball scheduled to celebrate Obama’s Inauguration

UPDATE: Dr. Paul Farmer, Dr. Jim Kim, jazz singer and UN Goodwill Ambassador Dee Dee Bridgewater are confirmed to be in attendance. That is quite a lineup.

This is a requested post (the info was sent to me to post). For those who are looking for more events during the blockbuster inauguration weekend/week and for those with some serious cash (serious at least for my blood), this certainly will be an interesting event:

WASHINGTON, DC January 9, 2009 – Event Emissary, a DC-based event planning company, and The Vineeta Foundation, a health and human rights organization, announced today that  in celebration of Barack Obama’s Inauguration, the Health for All Blue Diamond Ball will be held January 20, 2009 at the Smithsonian Institution’s Natural History Museum, home of the Hope Diamond.  American and international health-makers will gather to refocus attention on health as a human right as specified in the 60-year old United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Today in the United States, 45 million people don’t have medical insurance.  Around the world, billions are deprived of the basic human right to health. In December, asked its three-million members “What is the most important issue for the nation?” The survey concluded that Universal healthcare was the number one choice ahead of the war in Iraq and the economy.

The presidency of Barack Obama is a historic opportunity for reforming the health care system in the United States and strengthening support for health worldwide.  The Health for All Blue Diamond Ball supports Obama’s vision of change and will secure a prominent place for health on the presidential and legislative agenda by gathering powerful constituencies that passionately believe that health care is a human right.

Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee Jackson Browne and GRAMMY-winner Graham Nash—both also members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—will headline the event. In addition to their enduring legacies as two of the most literate and respected singer-songwriters in contemporary music, Browne and Nash are both known for the social, environmental and political activism they have championed for almost four decades. In 1979, they collaborated on organizing an all-star series of concerts for MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy); in 2004, they both participated in the Vote For Change tour. With the Health For All Blue Diamond Ball, they continue their tradition of raising their voices in support of people across the United States and around the world.

Radia Daoussi, President of The Vineeta Foundation, explains, “A true transformation of the health care system in the United States has never been such an urgent priority.  The presidency of Barack Obama offers an historic opportunity for reforming the health care system in the United States and strengthening support for health worldwide”.

Daoussi continued, “In addition to fabulous entertainment, our program will feature many speakers committed to health for all such as: US Congressman John Conyers, Michel Sidibe Executive Director of UNAIDS, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director NIAID, NIH; Helene Gayle, President of CARE, Georges Benjamin, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association (APHA), Donna Smith, Community Organizer, California Nurses Association; Dr. Oliver Fein, President, Physicians for a National Health Program, Dean Mike Klag of the Johns  Hopkins School of Public Health, and Dr. Renee Jenkins Immediate Past President American Association of Pediatricians will address ballgoers.”

The Health for All Blue Diamond Ball (

Jenna Mack, Event Emissary


Written by Aman

January 16, 2009 at 11:48 am

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