Local AIDS program honors efforts for prevention

By Michelle Costanza

February 8, 2014 Updated Feb 8, 2014 at 2:08 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) The fight against AIDS has fallen off the radar in some communities, but the issue is still very present. More than 200 people are working toward prevention and local efforts were honored and celebrated Friday night.

The Southern Tier AIDS Program, or STAP, held their 30th annual gala and presented two individuals with a Legacy Award, given every five years to those who truly stand out in their commitment to the cause.

Diane Brown and Paul Rushanski were this year's recipients honored for their contributions and focus on STAP's mission.

"These are to the folks who have gone above and beyond both to help STAP, our clients, and to make sure that people in the community know that it's still an issue and we still need to fight that battle" said Executive Director John Berry, of the Southern Tier AIDS Program.

Tompkins County Amateur Radio Association and WBNG were also recognized for the support of STAP.

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