Close to 200 members of the Long Beach community gathered on Saturday night Feb. 2, 2013 at The Grand Event Center in Long Beach to honor local Long Beach physician and long time AIDS activist Bill Maletz, MD. The event was also a fundraiser benefitting The Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Center, The C.A.R.E. Program at St. Mary Medical Center, The AIDS Food Store and The Women with HIV and AIDS Program At BHS.
For over 23 years while in private practice in Long Beach, Maletz has cared for more than 500 HIV infected individuals and had raised more than $250,000 for local HIV and AIDS Services organizations locally.
He has also given of his time and expertise over the years as well, volunteering with the Center’s AIDS testing program from 1989 – 1995, and serving on the Center’s Board of Directors from 2000 – 2002. In addition he has also volunteered for the Long Beach Early Intervention AIDS Program, The Orange County AIDS Response Program and chaired The Memorial IPA Task Force on AIDS.
” After all he has done for the LGBT community as well as those infected and affected with HIV and AIDS, it’s only fitting that we honor him tonight as he retires from private practice to deal with a series of necessary back surgeries” said Ron Sylvester, member of the event committee.
In addition to remarks from Maletz’s good friend Geary Brewer, the evening also consisted of the presentation of citations and commendations from Congressman Alan Lowenthal, State Senator Ricardo Lara, Assembly member Bonnie Lowenthal, L.A . County Supervisor Don Knabe, Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and Signal Hill Mayor Tina Hansen.
“It was an honor being recognized tonight.” said Dr. Maletz. ”I am especially pleased that we were able to raise contributions for such worthy charities.”