PRNewswire - January 5, 2012
IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AIDS Services Foundation
Orange County (ASF) announced today that the Disneyland Resort
will once again serve as the venue for AIDS Walk Orange County.
The 26th annual walk takes place Sunday, May 6.
Five thousand supporters are expected to attend and enjoy the
magical route through Disneyland park, Disney California
Adventure park and Downtown Disney. The walk is scheduled to
begin at 7:00 a.m.
"ASF is thrilled and humbled to be returning to the Disneyland
Resort for AIDS Walk 2012. We received such amazing feedback
about the location from last year's walkers and volunteers. And
the experience for our clients in attendance was emotionally
overwhelming," said Philip Yaeger, executive director of ASF.
"One of our clients remarked, while standing among a crowd of
thousands on Main Street, USA, at Disneyland, that he now knew he
was not alone in his fight against AIDS."
The Disneyland Resort, which agreed to host the 25th AIDS Walk
last year, has been a corporate sponsor of the event since 2000.
That support has included Disney VoluntEARS who have participated
as walkers and provided volunteer assistance.
"We raised nearly 25 percent more for AIDS Walk in 2011 because
the event was held at the Disneyland Resort," commented Chris
Bragg, event organizer and ASF director of events, "We're certain
that the experience for all of our walkers will be even better
First held in 1987 at Mason Park in Irvine, the walk has taken
place in various locations and raised over $14 million in
donations to help provide services for people affected by
HIV/AIDS in Orange County. ASF organizes the event with proceeds
shared among several nonprofit agencies that provide services to
people living in Orange County that are impacted by the disease.
Among the agencies expected to benefit from the 2012 event are:
AEGiS; The Center Orange County; Laguna Beach Community Clinic;
Mercy House; Orange County Cornerstone Outreach; Public Law
Center; Shanti Orange County; Straight Talk Clinic, Inc.; and
AIDS Services Foundation Orange County.
ASF is a nonprofit organization founded in 1985. Annually, the
agency assists more than 1,600 men, women and children affected
by HIV/AIDS. Among the services ASF provides are food,
transportation, housing, emergency financial assistance, mental
health counseling, HIV testing, and HIV prevention and education
programs. To learn more about ASF go to www.ocasf.org. For more
information about AIDS Walk visit www.aidswalkorangecounty.org.
Media Contact: Marc Montminy, ASF | 949-809-8766 |
SOURCE AIDS Services Foundation Orange County
Web Site: http://www.aidswalkorangecounty.org