Connected: Two Women, Two Mothers, Two Leaders

Journalist Diane Sawyer presented EGPAF's 2013 Global Impact Award to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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At the 2013 Global Impact Award Gala Dinner, stars and supporters came out in full force as the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) honored former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for her tireless effort to fight HIV and AIDS worldwide.

The event, which also kicked off EGPAF’s yearlong 25th anniversary celebration, included dramatic readings from Elizabeth Glaser’s autobiography, “In the Absence of Angels” by actresses Julianna Margulies, Gloria Reuben, and Mary Steenburgen. Nigel Barker, world-renowned photographer and host of Oxygen’s “The Face,” emceed the event.

Journalist Diane Sawyer’s humorous and very personal award presentation to her former Wellesley classmate was topped only by Secretary Clinton’s acceptance speech, where she spoke movingly of Elizabeth and the impact that her work continues to have today.

“Through testing and treatment, we can end mother-to-child transmission. We can ensure that no child is born with HIV or dies from AIDS. That was Elizabeth’s dream. It can become the world’s reality,” Clinton said.

Be sure to watch the video below to see who else joined EGPAF as it celebrated 25 years of working toward an AIDS-free future and the enduring legacy of two women who shared the belief that actions, not words, are what save lives.