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February 6, 2017

SAGE Presents Miami Couple with Pioneer Award for Outstanding Service to the LGBT Community

Shed Boren and Jose Valdes-Fauli have served those affected by HIV and AIDS for 25 years

[Miami, FL] On Saturday, February 11, 2017, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) will host its 5th Annual SAGE & Friends Miami event at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida. At the event, Shed Boren and Jose Valdes-Fauli will receive the SAGE Pioneer Award for their deep commitment to serving those affected by HIV and AIDS, and for giving voice to the fight for LGBT equality.

Twenty-five years ago, just as the AIDS crisis was decimating the gay community, Shed was hired by Mercy Hospital to find innovative ways to help those living with the virus. He started Mercy’s AIDS Institute, a network of providers that, under Shed’s leadership, became one of the largest in the country serving the insured and uninsured alike. The program at Mercy was one of the first private clinical settings to integrate research and development with direct care, treatment and services. Shed was supported in this effort by Jose, a bank president serving on the hospital’s board of directors, and they began a lasting partnership soon after.

Jose, having served as president of four South Florida banks, also served on the board of Health Crisis Network, Mercy Hospital, Art in Public Places, the Cultural Affairs Council, Florida International University, and was president of both the Florida Grand Opera and the Bass Museum. Shed continued his fight against AIDS at Mercy until 2003, and built deep partnerships across the HIV and AIDS service providers community and the LGBT movement. He later founded Sister Emmanuel Hospital and most recently served as the CEO of Camillus Health Concern and Camillus House. More recently, Shed served as producer and executive producer of the Emmy Award winning documentary, “The Day it Snowed in Miami,” which chronicled the evolution of LGBT equality in Miami from the trying days of Anita Bryant to the present.

WHAT: 5th Annual SAGE & Friends: Miami

WHO: Award Recipients, Shed Boren and Jose Valdes-Fauli

WHERE: The Biltmore Hotel’s Alhambra Room, 1210 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, FL

WHEN: Saturday, February 11, 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

SPONSORSHIP: Sponsorships can be purchased online at

CONTACT: For more information about the event or to attend as press, please contact Jerry Chasen, Director of Planned Giving, at

SAGE is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people. SAGE also offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competence training through SAGECare. With staff located across the country, SAGE coordinates a growing network of affiliates across the country. Learn more at

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