Houston (FEB 12) Houston Mayor Annise Parker will proclaim February 12, 2010 as Children’s AIDS Day in the City of Houston, announced Rod Castle, CEO and Co-founder of The Osito Foundation.

The proclamation honors the United Healthcare Children’s AIDS Day. The day-long event, presented by Lockton, Inc., will be held at Rice University on Friday, Feb. 12.

In addition to the proclamation, Parker will make a presentation on the “State of The City of Houston; Regarding HIV/AIDS & Houston’s Role as a Worldwide Healthcare Leader” at 2 p.m. Additional elected officials who are supporting the Children’s AIDS Day include Gov. Rick Perry, his wife Anita Perry, as well as Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Sen. John Cornyn and Congresswomen Sheila Jackson Lee.

The conference is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Rice University campus in Hamman Hall located at 6100 Main Street, Entrance 21 off Rice Blvd. The event will be emceed by local PBS television host Ernie Manouse and will include a display of participating exhibitors in the halls adjacent to the main conference venue.

The inaugural conference will launch the Children’s AIDS Network (C.A.N), a comprehensive children’s HIV/AIDS resource organization that disseminates current information to professionals providing care for impacted children and their families. In addition, attendees will receive the first issue of the Children’s AIDS Network Magazine.

“We are thrilled to have the support of our elected officials and excited about the momentous occasion to increase the awareness and education surrounding the impact of HIV/AIDS on families and children,” said Castle.

Additional conference speakers will include AIDS Foundation Houston CEO Kelly McCann; and Director of International Adoption at Texas Children’s Health Center Heidi Schwarzwald, MD. In addition, there will be nationally and internationally recognized experts in the fields of medicine, psychology, law social services, government, entertainment, activism issues. The speakers will share relevant commentary on industry related topics and trends.

Children’s AIDS Day is open to the public and the organization is requesting a minimum $10 tax deductible donation or a new teddy bear for The Osito Foundation as admission.

The title sponsor for Children’s AIDS Day is United Healthcare. Lockton, Inc. is the presenting sponsor. Additional sponsors include Texas Children’s Hospital, AIDS Foundation Houston, Cade Michals Entertainment Group, Harris County Hospital District Foundation, Katine & Nechman L.L.P., Legacy Community Health Services, PBS, RE/MAX CityView, Rene Gonzales Online, and The Padgett Group.

For information on sponsorship, contact: Rod Castle, The Osito Foundation, Children’s AIDS Network, at 281-795-5210.For more information on The Osito Foundation and Children’s AIDS Day, please visit

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