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Ramsell Holding Corporation Founder Sylester Flowers Honored by "Get Screened Oakland" for HIV/AIDS Community Service"Second Annual Ceremony held at Oakland City Hall on World AIDS Day"
Oakland, CA, December 9, 2008 - Ramsell Holding Corporation founder Sylester Flowers was honored by "Get Screened Oakland" on World AIDS Day – December 1, 2008, for his commitment to serving those in the community infected with the HIV/AIDS virus. The theme of the event: "Remember Them: Champions for Humanity," unites figures and faces of global humanitarians. "Get Screened Oakland" is a year-old, city-wide program aimed at ensuring that Oakland residents ages 13 to 64 get tested for HIV.
"What "Get Screened Oakland" is doing in the community is commendable and should be a model for large metropolitan cities across the country. HIV/AIDS does not discriminate – Identifying those patients that are infected is the first step," says Eric Flowers, CEO of Ramsell Holding Corporation. "Advancements in HIV/AIDS antiretroviral (ARV) therapy has allowed those battling the virus to live stronger, longer, and healthier."
"It has been a real pleasure to serve the residents of Oakland the last 40 years – starting in 1964 with my first pharmacy – The Apothecary, in East Oakland. I am extremely honored for the recognition," said Sylester Flowers, Founder of Ramsell Holding Corporation. "My mother had instilled in me the importance of giving back to the community that has served me well, and today I have accomplished my mothers dream by creating the Flowers Heritage Foundation whose purpose is to serve the most fragile amongst us. Ramsell Holding Corporation and its subsidiaries provide the Flowers Heritage Foundation administrative and financial support so that 100% of all donor dollars can go directly to indigent programs."
"Sylester's compassionate demeanor is a real blessing to the community and his uncanny commitment to making a difference is an inspiration to the people of Oakland," added Marsha Martin, Director of "Get Screened Oakland". "If you know Sylester, you'd appreciate his humble upbringing and the values instilled by his mother. He truly is a ‘Champion for Humanity'."
The Flowers Heritage Foundation allocates 100% of donor dollars to help improve and/or save the lives of the medically indigent population with HIV/AIDS. The foundation aims to identify gaps in healthcare services and systems and treat health disparities with effective public health solutions. The Flowers Heritage Foundation is always accepting contributions to support future programs. Interested parties may make a tax deductible donation by visiting the Flowers Heritage Foundation website at: http://www.flowersheritagefoundation.org.
About Ramsell Holding Corporation
Ramsell Holding Corporation is the parent company to three healthcare related businesses, as well as an information technology company and a real estate management and investment business. The Ramsell family of companies is committed to serving the underserved and improving the lives of the most fragile among us. Every business in the Ramsell family donates a percentage of profits to the Flowers Heritage Foundation to address the needs of overlooked populations.
More information on Ramsell Holding Corporation is available at www.ramsellcorp.com.
About The Flowers Heritage Foundation
The Flowers Heritage Foundation (FHF) is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) dedicated to providing solutions for public health issues affecting the underserved and improving the lives of the most fragile among us. Our current priority is to make a significant difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS. We educate and increase awareness around HIV/AIDS as a public health dilemma.
More information on The Flowers Heritage Foundation is available at www.flowersheritagefoundation.org
About "Get Screened Oakland"
Get Screened Oakland is a new public-private partnership in public health under the direction of Oakland Mayor Ronald V. Dellums. As a strategic response to Oakland's HIV epidemic, the partnership is designed to increase the number of Oakland residents who know their HIV status.
Get Screened Oakland works with community-based agencies, hospitals, clinics, physician groups, and managed care organizations to determine the most effective and efficient strategy for implementing routine HIV screening for their clients.
More information on "Get Screened Oakland is available at www.getscreenedoakland.org.