An Evening with Greg Louganis and Jeanne White-Grinder”
At the International Swimming Hall of Fame
The Golden Homecoming Organizing Committee Letter (pdf)
Registration Form (pdf)
WHAT: A fundraising event that offers a preview of the unveiling of a new exhibit, featuring the “Golden Homecoming” of the 1988 Olympic Gold medal given to Ryan White, by Olympic diving great Greg Louganis. This medal, along with Greg’s 4 other Olympic medals will be the center-piece of an exhibit designed to educate the public about HIV/AIDS and keep alive the legacies of both Greg Louganis and Ryan White. Light hor’s dourves and refreshments will be served.
WHO: Greg Louganis and Mrs. Jeanne White-Grinder
WHEN: Sunday, September 13, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.
WHERE: International Swimming Hall of Fame, One Hall of Fame Drive (one block south of Las Olas on A1A), Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
COST: Sponsorships (Gold $5,000; Silver $2,500 & bronze $1,000); Patrons $500; individuals $100. All sponsorships and donations are tax deductible to the full extent provided by law.
Announcing a fundraising event that will provide attendees with a preview of a new International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) exhibit and the chance to meet Olympic diving great Greg Louganis and HIV/AIDS activist Jeanne White- Grinder, the mother of Ryan White. The event will take place at the International Swimming Hall of Fame, One Hall of Fame Drive, in Fort Lauderdale, on Sunday evening, September 13, 2009, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. The proceeds of the event will benefit equally, ISHOF and three other Broward County 501 (c) 3, not-for-profit organizations: The Broward House, The Stonewall Library and The Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center.
The centerpiece of the exhibit will be the 5 Olympic medals, 4 gold and 1 silver, won by Louganis at three Olympic Games, 1976, 1984 and 1988. The “Golden Homecoming” theme for the event derives its name from the return of the 1988 Olympic gold medal Greg gave to Ryan White, by Ryan’s mother, Jeanne White-Grinder, for this exhibit. Both Louganis and White-Grinder will be in attendance at the unveiling.
The exhibit will not only feature Greg’s medals and diving career, but also the friendship he developed with Ryan White, one of the first children and one of the first hemophiliacs to come down with AIDS, and their roles as HIV/AIDS activists. Although Ryan passed away in 1990, his legacy lives on in many ways. The Ryan White CARE Act, extended by President Bush on September 30, 2006, is a federal program established shortly after his death, which funds services for over 500,000 people with HIV/AIDS each year.
Attendees to the event on Sunday will be invited to attend the “invitation only” public opening of the exhibit on Monday, September 14th, at 10 A.M. In addition to Louganis and White-Grinder, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Broward Vice-Mayor Ken Keechl and Fort Lauderdale Mayor, Jack Seiler are among the public officials who will open the curtain on this new exhibit at one of Ft. Lauderdale’s oldest museums. About Greg Louganis
Greg Louganis is more than just an Olympic Champion - he stands out as an exceptional human being who has led an extraordinary life. He exhibited sheer grace and a winning style as the world's greatest diver, but beyond the professional accolades, Greg Louganis continues to contribute to the world of water sports and other personal endeavors. About Jeanne White-Grinder
Jeanne’s son Ryan White was diagnosed with AIDS on December 17, 1984, when he was 13 years old. It was a time when there was no education and hardly any information on AIDS and Ryan and his family faced rejection and hostility within their community. Jeanne White-Grinder stood by her son during his ordeal and his fight to stay alive and today is a nationally known advocate for people living with the HIV/AIDS virus. About ISHOF
The International Hall of Fame, established in 1965, is a not-for-profit educational organization located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Its mission is to promote the benefits and importance of swimming as a key to fitness, good health, quality of life, and the water safety of all adults and children.
About The Stonewall Library
The Stonewall Library is a publicly accessible cultural and educational resource that preserves, interprets, and shares the heritage of the LGBT community. Through collections, programs, and services, they honor and explore the past while seeking to engage, inspire, and inform the next generation. About Broward House
Broward House offers both assisted living and independent family living, medical respite, case management, client advocacy, HIV testing and counseling, street outreach, a variety of education and prevention programs, chemical dependency treatment, mental health therapy, and support groups for people affected by the HIV/AIDS virus. About Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center
The Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Inc. (CDTC) is a nationally recognized "Center of Excellence," providing the local community with five comprehensive programs: primary and specialty medical care, research, early intervention, HIV/AIDS and home-based interventions.