Saturday, February 27, 2010

Maxine Frere Receives Pocketbook Honors Award for Courageous Love, Life and Enduring Commitment

Maxine Frere Receives Pocketbook Honors Award for Courageous Love, Life and Enduring Commitment

Harlem HIV/AIDS activist Maxine Frere to receive The Pocketbook Honors in recognition of more than 20 years of service to children of the AIDS epidemic. This award ceremony is part of the on-stage production of The Pocketbook Monologues making its New York City premiere on June 28, 2008. Two amazing performances will be held featuring Kim Coles, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Jacque Reid, Toni Belafonte, Sheron Smith and creator Sharon K. McGhee.

New York, NY (PRWEB) June 20, 2008

On her 61st birthday, HIV/AIDS activist Maxine Frere will receive The Pocketbook Honors in New York City. The award will be presented on June 28 in a ceremony following a special performance of The Pocketbook Monologues. This is the first year that the award will be given.

The Pocketbook Honors is bestowed to community leaders who have exhibited a commitment to promoting awareness and prevention of HIV/AIDS, with an emphasis on African-American women's sexuality, intimacy and responsibility. Honorees may be recognized for program implementation, creativity in outreach methods, philosophy, mission longevity and/or systemic solutions or alliances.

"Maxine Frere has been a pillar of hope for children and families facing HIV/AIDS," says Sharon K. McGhee, creator of The Pocketbook Monologues. "Her tireless dedication to this cause is exemplary and it's our supreme delight to present her with The Pocketbook Honors this year."

A native of Harlem, New York, Maxine Frere worked as a stock girl and then a buyer's assistant for Lord & Taylor prior to pursuing a career as a registered professional nurse. Upon graduating from the Harlem Hospital School of Nursing, she touched the lives of countless children and in the mid 1980s began what would become a lifelong mission - caring for children infected by HIV/AIDS. Much of the earlier part of her career was spent helping families prepare for death. But now, due to medical advancements, awareness and other champions of hope like Frere, she's able to help children and families facing HIV/AIDS to prepare for life. Whether helping a family plan for college or standing beside one of her "kids" at their wedding, her commitment to education, health, resilience and hope resonates throughout her community.

Now at the age of 61, Maxine Frere's mission is as strong and vibrant as ever. She frequently talks to schools and churches offering much needed support, advice and encouragement to children and parents. She conducts educational programs on HIV/AIDS at her home church First A. M.E. Church: Bethel and has plans to pursue her Masters Degree in Health Education.

This year the Pocketbook Honors will be presented to Maxine Frere, Rev. J. Stanley Justice and Rev. Lynda Rassman in conjunction with the New York City premiere of The Pocketbook Monologues. The award winning cast of the on-stage production includes creator Sharon K. McGhee, Kim Coles, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Jacque Reid, and Harlem's own Coin Purse, Taylor Jenkins. This entertaining celebration will take place at the Helen Mills Theatre. Tickets are $35.00 for General Admission and $75.00 for VIP Seating, which also includes an autographed copy of The Pocketbook Monologues. 'Meet & Greet' Private Celebrity Reception tickets are also available. R. A.P. H.A. Foundation Inc., The Muse New York, and Magnificent Women Organization are supporters of this exciting event.

For more information about the show, or to purchase tickets, visit www. tpbmnyc. com.