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Save the Date: Coast-to-Coast AIDS Walks in Florida & California Set for May 20th




 

Business Wire - February 08, 2012

For the first time ever, Florida AIDS Walk and the California Music Festival & AIDS Walk will take place simultaneously; Both will include a full afternoon of family-fun, food and music Thousands are expected to participate in the Walks to raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS treatment, testing, outreach and support services on both coasts FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. & LOS ANGELES - AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, is proud to announce that it will present coast-to-coast AIDS walks in Florida and California this year on Sunday, May 20th. The Florida AIDS Walk [http://takeaction.aidshealth.org/site/PageNavigator/FAW_Homepage] in Ft. Lauderdale not only has a new date, but will also premiere a new route that begins and ends at a location along the Fort Lauderdale beach. The California Music Festival & AIDS Walk in Los Angeles will once again take place in Griffith Park and the Greek Theatre and will include a full afternoon of family-fun and free carnival games and rides, great performers on the world famous stage and a bevy of food trucks to satisfy every taste.

Presented by AHF Pharmacy, Florida AIDS Walk 2012 is dedicated to raising awareness of the fact that more that 100,000 Floridians are living with HIV/AIDS, and to generating as much financial support as possible to provide the lifesaving care and services that they need. Additionally, funds raised will go toward the expansion of HIV prevention and testing efforts in Florida's Broward and Miami Dade counties. This year's Walk will benefit an expanded list of organizations as the team strives to have an even greater impact on the community. Also new this year: Florida AIDS Walk 2012 will include a food and music festival on the beach. More information can be found on the website at www.floridaAIDSWalk.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/floridaAIDSWalk and Twitter @FloridaAIDSWalk.

"Florida AIDS Walk has grown in size and success year over year," said Mark Martin, AHF's Regional Director, Community Relations & Development and the lead organizer of the Florida AIDS Walk. "In years past, participants have asked for a different, shorter route, and for something entertaining to do after the Walk to celebrate their hard work � and we've listened! This year's Walk will take place along the Fort Lauderdale beach, and will culminate in a food and music festival that the whole community will enjoy. This new event is our way of saying �thank you' to our participants for their dedication and generosity in the fight against HIV/AIDS, as well as an opportunity to raise the bar for a whole new era of Florida AIDS Walk fundraising." The California Music Festival & AIDS Walk is set for Sunday, May 20th from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and, like the inaugural event in 2010, will include a day of free carnival games and rides, great performers in the park and plenty of food trucks to kick the party off in style in landmark Griffith Park. The Walk is dedicated to raising awareness that more than 200,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS in California and to raise funds for local AIDS service organizations including: AIDS Service Center, Bienestar, Charles Drew Mobile Testing, In The Meantime, Magic Johnson Foundation and Whittier Rio Hondo AIDS Project. More information can be found on the website: www.walkeatdance.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/californiaAIDSWalk and on Twitter at @caAIDSwalk.

"2012 is AHF's 25th anniversary, the Greek Theatre's 80th and our media sponsor K-EARTH 101 radio's 40th, so together we are pulling out all the stops to guarantee a mega-superstar concert that follows the festival and Walk. Plus, the legendary Magic Johnson will serve as host," said Dana Miller, AHF's Executive Producer, Events and the lead organizer of the California Music Festival & AIDS Walk. "We promise to reward participants' commitment with a full afternoon of fun and entertainment�all for a great cause: to raise HIV/AIDS awareness and funds for local beneficiaries who provide lifesaving services to the community all year long." According to the Florida Department of Health's most recent HIV/AIDS fact sheet[http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.doh.state.fl.us%2Fdisease_ctrl%2Faids%2FDocs%2FHIV_Epidemic_Snapshot_FL_2010.pdf&esheet=50162357&lan=en-US&anchor=fact+sheet&index=15&md5=aa5a40cd3f89fb9a3ddb64404e048990], through 2010 the total number of people living with HIV and AIDS in Florida increase 5.3% for a total of 97,978. According to the California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS' most recent fact sheet[http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdph.ca.gov%2Fprograms%2Faids%2FDocuments%2FSSSemiAnnualRptJun2011.pdf&esheet=50162357&lan=en-US&anchor=fact+sheet&index=16&md5=86ba0f7c215d7d7068b382dcb8e6c36c] (including data through June 30, 2011), there are 160,760 people living with AIDS and 43,501 people living with HIV in California. The number in both states is likely higher as it is estimated that nationwide 20% of people who are HIV-positive are unaware they are infected.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and services to more than 124,000 individuals in 26 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean the Asia/Pacific region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare.

Contacts AIDS Healthcare Foundation Lori Yeghiayan Telephone: 323-308-1834 Mobile: 323-377-4312 lori.yeghiayan@aidshealth.org or Ged Kenslea Telephone: 323-308-1833 Mobile: 323-791-5526 gedk@aidshealth.org



 


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