On Thursday, Sept. 26, Chevron presented “Through the Lens,” a one-night immersive photo exhibit to celebrate 20 years of devoted service by the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) at Texas Children’s Hospital to some of the world’s most vulnerable children and women. The event showcased and honored the amazing work of BIPAI by featuring the stunning photography of Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Smiley Pool.
Through this specially curated exhibit – most of the photos having never been seen before – guests traveled to the very places where BIPAI served children and women for the last 20 years. Guests experienced Pool’s most awe-inspiring images that tell a story of challenge, hope, triumph and connection. Pool also spoke at the conclusion of the event about the exhibit.
BIPAI’s dedication to the world’s sickest patients began in 1996, after Dr. Mark Kline, physician-in-chief at Texas Children’s, returned from a week touring hospitals, clinics and orphanages in Romania where children with HIV/AIDS were dying in droves at a time when new antiretroviral drugs were revolutionizing treatment of the disease in the Western world. It was during that trip that BIPAI’s mission was born.
The event, held at The Revaire, featured a World Market sponsored by AbbVie filled with goods made by the BIPAI Teen Club, which were available for purchase. The globally-inspired cuisine included passed hors d’oeuvres, along with six food stations where empanadas were served to honor Argentina, Romanian garlic sausage was enjoyed, and guests were treated to three variations of ceviche as a tribute to the culture of Columbia.
At the conclusion of this enlightening event, guests heard remarks from Texas Children’s President and CEO Mark A. Wallace who spoke about the history of BIPAI, Dr. Kline’s outstanding accomplishments and introduced special guests. Clay Neff, Chevron’s president of Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production, congratulated BIPAI for the profound impact it’s had over the last 20 years and provided a bit of history about the partnership between Chevron and Texas Children’s. Neff also shared a video about Dr. Kline and the significant impact he’s had on the people who are privileged to work alongside him. During his remarks, Dr. Kline reminded the crowd about the very purpose of the event and BIPAI itself by speaking about patients with HIV treated at Texas Children’s.
Now, 20 years after those first children were treated for HIV/AIDS in Romania, BIPAI provides HIV/AIDS treatment to more than 300,000 children, more than any other organization worldwide. The event raised more than $400,000 toward BIPAI’s mission. For more information about BIPAI, visit www.bipai.org
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