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Community Research Initiative of New England (CRI) Announces Frank Ribaudo as Recipient of the 2016 Dr. Cal Cohen Founder’s Award

 Community Research Initiative of New England (CRI) will be hosting its 13th annual Summer Party in Provincetown on July 23, 2016, at The Red Inn. Julie Marston, CRI Executive Director, is pleased to announce that at this year’s Summer Party, CRI will honor Frank Ribaudo as the recipient of the Dr. Cal Cohen Founder’s Award. The award—named in honor of CRI’s co-founder, longtime research director, and internationally known clinical investigator—recognizes the awardee’s steadfast support of CRI’s HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) clinical research and commitment to the community.

Frank Ribaudo is the founder of Club Café, which has served as the heart of Boston’s LGBTQ scene for over 30 years. Throughout this time, Mr. Ribaudo has committed himself to social service, community activism, and philanthropy to help end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. As one of the co-founders of the Harbor to the Bay AIDS Benefit Bike Ride, he has helped raise over $4 million for Massachusetts HIV/AIDS service organizations, including CRI.

A longtime CRI board member, Mr. Ribaudo now serves on the CRI Leadership Council, where he provides guidance, support, and encouragement for CRI’s important work.

For over 25 years, CRI has been a leader in HIV clinical research, producing critical data that has contributed to the FDA approval of nearly all of the currently available HIV treatments and forever changed the direction of HIV/AIDS treatment around the world. CRI’s current programming work focuses on HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C clinical research, outreach, and treatment education, as well as ensuring access to lifesaving HIV medications and health insurance coverage for those in need through the HIV Drug Assistance Program (HDAP).

“As a longtime friend of Frank Ribaudo, I cannot think of a person more deserving of the Dr. Cal Cohen Founder’s Award,” said CRI Board Chair Dr. Scott Silvia. “He is truly one of the strongest, committed, and generous advocates I have known – not only for CRI’s research, but for the HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ communities as a whole. This award not only represents Frank, it represents loved ones lost and honors friends and family who are thriving thanks to his support.”


About Community Research Initiative: Community Research Initiative (CRI) is an independent, nonprofit, community-based organization in New England dedicated to HIV and hepatitis C clinical research, treatment education, and financial assistance for approved HIV drug treatments and health insurance coverage. For more information, please visit


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