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Health Services of North Texas plans banquet

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By Karina Ramirez / Staff Writer

Hearts and Heroes event to honor service, celebrate anniversary

A handmade sculpture that includes a heart in the center and people on each side will honor community members during Health Services of North Texas’ Hearts and Heroes banquet.

“It was made by a University of North Texas student that has worked with us for many years,” said Doreen Rue, CEO of Heath Services of North Texas.

The award was made by Ilan Goddard, a graduate student at the time, who was working on his master’s of fine arts.

Health Services of North Texas will honor another five people at its Hearts and Heroes banquet in October at the University of North Texas Gateway Center.

The event will also help the nonprofit organization celebrate its silver anniversary.

“Basically, it was to honor the people in the community that are working hard, not specifically people that are directly connected to our agency,” Rue said about the banquet’s beginnings. “It is more the nonprofit, the community service individual that are really going out of their way and consistently working to help people.”

Health Services of North Texas, formerly known as AIDS Services of North Texas, began in 1988 with the mission of educating and supporting services for people with HIV and their families.

The nonprofit has reached many milestones. In 1993, AIDS Services of North Texas began providing comprehensive medical care and expanded to five counties with offices in Denton, Plano and Greenville. In 2007, it added guardianship services, and in 2012, it became a federally qualified health center, allowing it to improve its medical services.

The nonprofit now serves nearly 2,500 people who can get different types of medical care.

“We have been around for 25 years,” said Larry Bisno, development director with the nonprofit. “It is phenomenal.”

The following awards will be presented during the banquet on Oct. 5:

* Spirit Award Anne Starnes, retired CEO of Opening Doors International Services.

* Founders Award Dr. Glenna G. Harris, community activist, Pecan Creek Pediatrics Associates.

* Community Leadership Award Pat Sherman, vice president of business development, DATCU.

* Richard Sale III Award Diane Reeve, community activist in Plano, Vision Martial Arts Center.

* Agency of the Year Award United Way of Denton County.

The Richard Sale III Award was named after Richard Sale, the first person who died from AIDS complications in Denton County. His parents, Dr. Richard Sale, his wife, Teel Sale, and local volunteers formed AIDS Services of North Texas, according to the nonprofit’s website.

The banquet will also include a cocktail hour, a silent auction and a live auction.

Event co-chairmen include Denton Mayor Mark Burroughs and Derrell Bulls, Texas Woman’s University retired professor emeritus. Music will be provided by Sara Hickman.

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KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878 and via Twitter at @KarinaFRamirez.