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Dr. Cheryl Newman is our Grand Marshal for 2019!

Dr. Cheryl Newman, 2019 Augusta Pride Grand MarshalA graduate from the Medical College of Georgia as her class’s valedictorian, Dr. Newman was one of the first physicians to care for people that were afflicted with AIDS in the 1980s. Dr. Newman helped create the first protocols that focused on improving health and empathy for those seeking care.

She has been instrumental in Augusta University’s Ryan White Program since its beginnings in 1991 and expansion in 1995, eventually becoming the Medical Director in 2015. The Ryan White Program exists to overcome barriers and ensure access to health care for people living with HIV. She is known for her dedication, expertise, and kindness – empowering her patients to prosper, even when some shunned them.

A researcher as well, Dr. Newman’s efforts conducting clinical trials of antiretroviral therapy have been beneficial to the many who need these life-saving drugs to survive and thrive beyond an HIV diagnosis. Her studies have also included treatments for Hepatitis C and PCP pneumonia - as well as focusing on the disproportionate HIV incidence in women of color.

Her continuing efforts obtaining grant funding and conducting numerous studies over her 30 years as a doctor have greatly improved the lives of many in our community, for which we are grateful. We honor Dr. Newman, who’s juggled raising three children - while caring for many of our loved ones - as Augusta Pride’s 2019 Grand Marshal!

Mayor proclaims June 22 Augusta Pride Day

Mayor proclaims June 22 Augusta Pride Day
Beats on Borad featuring DEV, June 21, Augusta Common
Beats on Borad featuring DEV, June 21, Augusta Common

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DIAMOND Sponsors

Adept Imaging
Club Argos
Augusta Convention & Visitor's Bureau
CSRA Leather Bears
Edge Media Network
Flowers on Broad
Beasley Media/ HD 98.3
Metropolis Entertainment Complex
Kenneth S. Nugent, Attorneys at Law
Project Impact ECHD
Vintage Ooollee
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OPAL Sponsors

Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center of Augusta
Duncan & Brow, Attorneys at Law
Fifth Third Bank
Georgia Equality
Kimberly Clark
X Mart Adult Supercenter
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East Bay Engineering
Epic Health
Wells Fargo
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RUBY Sponsors

Bill Beazley Homes
Clan of the Rising Phoenix
Georgia Military College
James Brown Arena
MCC of Our Redeemer
Sunglass Hut

EMERALD Sponsors

AU Ryan White Outreach
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Friends of Pride


David Stepp
Dennis Winkle


Jeff Pullium & Roy Lewis


Robert King


Takya Browning
Mickey Gonzalez
Rob Swingle
Rita Waller & Denise Hall