Thank you all for making Night of a Thousand Stars such a success. Because of you and over 600 others, we we’re able to raise over $95,000 to support NAP’s critical services as we lead the community to the end of HIV and AIDS.
Every year, Nebraska AIDS Project recognizes a community member who has gone above and beyond in the fight against HIV and AIDS in our community. This year’s Shining Star Award winner is Marian Fey. It has been an honor and privilege to know and work with Marian. Her work advocating for comprehensive sex education has made a huge difference for the students of Omaha Public Schools and, especially, the fight against HIV and AIDS.
Nebraska AIDS Project was founded in a time of great uncertainty – at a time when the President refused to even utter the word “AIDS”. No one knew how things would play out, but courageous people knew that, in the face of impossible odds, they had to do something. It’s because of those people that we have places like NAP today. They made what seemed impossible possible.
Marian Fey recognized that we needed to do better for our students. Thirty year old sex education standards do not meet the needs of our young people today. With sky high STI rates and rampant misinformation surrounding sex education, Marian championed the effort for not just change, but long overdue justice.
Marian, thank you for all you have done to update those 30 year old standards in the face of such negative opposition. You’re light shined bright and our community is better for it. We are honored to have you as our Shining Star of 2016.