The Community Cares Project will present their first annual leadership awards on Saturday, August 26th, from 7 to 11:30 pm at Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown – Inner Harbor (101 West Fayette Street ). The event will honor the work of eight LGBTQ leaders in the fields of HIV prevention and treatment, community organizing, education and the arts.

“The ceremony is a special occasion for us,” said Cody Dyer, head of Community Cares. “As a new organization, we’ll not only be honoring our awardees but also celebrating our one-year anniversary. As we move forward with beginning to innovate new and dynamic events to the community, we’re also seeking new partners interested in making an impact in the LGBTQ community, and welcome them to contact us.”

The awards ceremony occurs in conjunction with the Brotherhood in Advocacy Leadership Development retreat. The ceremony will begin with a cash bar cocktail hour at 7 pm with dinner at 8. Evening wear or black-tie attire is recommended.

Hosting will be Milan Christopher from Love and Hip Hop Hollywood, and the keynote speaker is Earl Fowlkes, head of the Center for Black Equity.

Tickets are only available in advance by August 20th at No tickets will be sold at the door.

The 2017 Community Cares Leadership Award Recipients are Jamal Hailey of the University of Maryland’s Star Track program, Kairo Brown of Meet 4 a Cause, Monique Carter of GirlsUnited, Bernard Fog of GQ for Cancer, Rashad Corey of the I Survived Movement, Bryanna Jenkins of Baltimore Trans Alliance, Mercedes McIntyre of Urban Freedom magazine, and Trebra Taylor of the House of Blahnik

From August 24th to 27th, the Community Cares Project hosts their men’s retreat – Brotherhood in Advocacy, Leadership and Development Retreat – with slots for 40 men, ages 21 to 35, from Baltimore and surroundings areas. Foci include developing innovative solutions to the HIV epidemic and improving their community organizing and advocacy skills.

Topics on the agenda include PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) and TasP (Treatment as Prevention), community mobilization best practices, and the importance of activism and advocacy in HIV prevention and treatment.

For more info, visit and learn about the Community Cares Project at or call 443-750-5513.