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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
FLORIDA: Chaka Khan to Headline 2013 Florida AIDS Walk
Staff Writer
March 18, 2013
Fort Mill Times (03.18.13) Aids Weekly Plus

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is hosting the Florida AIDS Walk and Music Festival on March 24th to benefit South Florida nonprofit organizations. The annual fundraising 5K walk provides funds that allow nonprofit agencies to serve persons living with HIV in South Florida. According to Michael Weinstein, President of AHF, Florida still ranks third in HIV/AIDS infections; therefore, the need to raise awareness and funds to fight the disease must be a high priority. The walk, which begins and ends at Fort Lauderdale’s South Beach Park, will be hosted by HIV activist Sheryl Lee Ralph, star of stage and screen, and will be followed by live performers including pop icon Chaka Khan. It is sponsored by AHF Pharmacy, a national chain whose proceeds fund AHF’s global work providing HIV/AIDS treatment, testing, and advocacy in 28 countries. Supporting sponsors include Wells Fargo, LabCorp, Starbucks, Target, and local South Florida media outlets. The beneficiaries include AHF; Broward House; Latinos Salud; Sunserve; Minority Development and Empowerment, Inc.; and the Pride Center at EqualityPark as well as new local beneficiaries, such as The Village and the League Against AIDS. These organizations keep all the money they raise by sponsoring teams of walkers in addition to receiving a monetary gift to help support their programs serving people living with HIV in South Florida. For more information, contact Mark Martin (954) 318-4337, mobile (954) 383-8007, or e-mail; or Kyveli Diener (323) 308-1821 Ext 1805, mobile (310) 779-4796, or e-mail kyveli.diener