We are super excited to announce our 2013 recipient of the Red Pump Award Tarsha’ Hamilton for her tremendous work in the fight against AIDS. Each year The Red Pump Award is awarded to an exceptional woman leader doing productive and meaningful work for HIV/AIDS education, while making substantial contributions to the community through her individual efforts. Hamilton will be recognized during a special award ceremony during the 5th Annual Red Pump/Red Tie Affair on December 7 in Charlotte, NC.
Hamilton is the perfect personification of what The Red Pump Project is all about– delivering education and promoting awareness with style. Hamilton is a woman with many talents, wearing a wide variety of hats. She is a singer/songwriter born and raised in Cleveland, OH. The church is where her roots lie and it rings loud through her music. She released her first inspirational album, “The McMillian Story” independently in 2008 and has ministered her songs as far as Japan and South Africa. While working on her sophomore album Hamilton experienced the devastating loss of her brother Michael to AIDS. It wasn’t the first family member she’d lost to the disease. Both her mother and father succumbed to HIV/AIDS several years before. In 2009, she decided to break her silence and become an advocate on bringing light to the effects of HIV/AIDS in the African-American and faith-based communities, being a voice for those infected and affected by the disease. Hamilton continues her work as an advocate for families affected and infected with HIV/AIDS and has partnered with a Charlotte based non-profit, M.B.S., on opening a facility in 2014 called “The Trinity House” that will provide free services for families living in greater Charlotte infected/affected by HIV/AIDS. This is where her sorrow truly turns into joy.
If you will be in Charlotte this weekend, come by and help us honor Tarsha’ for using her talents to help others in a major way. Tickets are still available at http://2013redpumpredtieaffair.eventbrite.com (can’t make it, donations are welcomed!). You can also get tickets at the door! Looking forward to seeing you there. ROCK THE RED PUMP!!!!!