John Demsey, Sen. Clinton and Carine Jocelyn of the Haitian Women’s program.

<STRONG> MAC AIDS Foundation Issues Grants</STRONG><BR><BR>NEW YORK — John Demsey knows the power of lipstick.<BR><BR>On Sunday, the busy president of MAC Cosmetics, newly named head of the Estée Lauder brand and chairman of the MAC...

 MAC AIDS Foundation Issues Grants

NEW YORK — John Demsey knows the power of lipstick.

On Sunday, the busy president of MAC Cosmetics, newly named head of the Estée Lauder brand and chairman of the MAC AIDS Fund joined Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D., N.Y.) to present four $25,000 checks from the MAC AIDS Fund to local AIDS service organizations. The presentations took place at the fifth annual African-American Heritage Celebration at the Harlem Children’s Zone on 125th Street and Madison Avenue here.

Demsey said that the MAC AIDS Fund, which started with “a $14 lipstick,” Viva Glam, has raised $42 million for AIDS/HIV-related causes over the past 11 years, and $10 million in the last year alone. Recipients of the $25,000 grants were Iris House, an organization created for women with AIDS/HIV, in support of its women’s social services program; North General Hospital, in support of its new 28-unit living facility for homeless individuals with HIV/AIDS; the Caribbean Women’s Health Association, for its AIDS education and case management program, and the Haitian Women’s Program, to fund its two-year HIV prevention and education project in Brooklyn.

Introducing Demsey to a crowded auditorium, Sen. Clinton spoke about problems afflicting the African-American community, and how African-American women in particular have been “hard hit” by the AIDS epidemic — she noted that they account for 59 percent of all women living with AIDS or HIV.

“We have made a lot of progress, but we’re seeing a little bit of backsliding,” she said. “We have to change our attitudes as well as provide education and raise visibility, and we’re very honored to partner with John Demsey — the impact of this visionary leader extends far beyond cosmetics.”

“At MAC, we have a saying that every day is World AIDS Day,” said Demsey. “I’m seeing a collective ability to make a difference in spite of all odds, and that’s really what the MAC AIDS Fund is all about.”

Sen. Clinton felt particularly inspired by the fund’s initiative: “I’m going to run out and buy a lot more lipstick,” she said.

This story first appeared in the February 8, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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