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30th Annual AIDS Walk New York

World's Largest HIV/AIDS Fundraising Event
5.14.2015
GMHC AIDS Walk
 
 
For Immediate Release
May 13, 2015 

CONTACTS: 
Anthony Hayes I GMHC I 646-591-4893 I 917.601.0410 I AnthonyH@GMHC.org
Ben Fordham I AIDS Walk New York I 212.807.9255 I 213.590.6918 I benf@aidswalk.net

 

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WHAT:
30th annual AIDS Walk New York (AWNY)

WHEN:
Sunday, May 17, 2015

7:30 a.m.
MEDIA CHECK-IN
(at Loeb Boathouse Central Park): Please contact Anthony Hayes for press credentials.

9:00 a.m.
AEROBIC WARM-UP AND OPENING CEREMONY
(at the stage next to Sheep Meadow)

10:00 a.m.
AIDS WALK BEGINS: Walkers step out onto the route through Central Park and the Upper West Side. 

12:00 p.m.
POST-WALK CONCERT (at stage)

3:00 p.m.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF FUNDRAISING TOTAL (at stage)

WHO: 
More than 30,000 participants are expected to attend. The landmark event benefits GMHC and 40 other local AIDS service organizations that provide HIV/AIDS care, prevention services, and advocacy throughout the tri-state area and beyond.

 

Confirmed celebrity guests include: Tyne Daly (It Shoulda Been You), David Hyde Pierce (Director, It Shoulda Been You) Nick Wechsler (Revenge), Kit Williamson (Mad Men), Bellamy Young (Scandal), and CBS-2 News Anchor Dana Tyler.

Special musical performances by: Montego Glover (It Shoulda Been You), singing "True Colors," and Tony Award winner Victoria Clark (Gigi), singing "You'll Never Walk Alone."

Elected and other high-level government officials expected to attend include: Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, Douglas Brooks; United States Representatives Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, and Charles B. Rangel; New York State Senators Liz Krueger and José Peralta; New York State Assemblymembers Herman D. Farrell and Richard N. Gottfried; New York City Council Members Corey Johnson and Ben Kallos; New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer; and New York City Public AdvocateLetitia James.

Kelsey Louie, CEO of GMHC, and Craig R. Miller, Founder/Senior Organizer of AIDS Walk New York, will also address the crowd.

The AIDS Walk Post-Walk Concert will feature Leon and the Peoples and The British Dependency.

WHERE:
General Entrance to the event is on 59th and 5th Avenue.
Venue map: https://goo.gl/WDsCQc 

All media, including satellite vans and trucks, please enter Central Park at 5th Avenue and 72nd Street and follow the East Drive north to the parking lot of Loeb Boathouse Central Park. Posted signs will direct you to the Media Check-In table, which will be located in the Boathouse parking lot.  Parking is available near Media Check-In; however, you must call Anthony Hayes (see number above) in advance to make any arrangements for parking or live feeds.  

  • Best availability for photos and interviews: Backstage immediately following Opening Ceremony
  • Best aerial overhead shot: 10:15-10:45 a.m. over west side of Central Park adjacent to West 67th Street

MORE:
Walk registration and donation information: For information about participating in or making a contribution to AIDS Walk New York, please call 212.807.9255 (WALK) or visit http://ny.aidswalk.net/

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About GMHC
Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is the nation's leading provider of HIV/AIDS care, prevention services and advocacy, serving nearly 9,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in New York City, the epidemic's largest U.S. epicenter. As the world's first HIV and AIDS service organization, GMHC is an expert in providing services that every person affected by the epidemic deserves. GMHC is on the front lines caring for people who are both HIV negative and positive, including: testing, nutrition, legal, mental health and education services. GMHC also advocates for stronger public policies at the local, state and federal level with the goal of ending AIDS as an epidemic in New York State by 2020. Most recently, GMHC and other HIV/AIDS organizations successfully persuaded the federal government to recommend widespread use of PrEP, a new daily treatment that is over 90% effective in preventing HIV infection. For more information, visit www.gmhc.org.

About AIDS Walk New York
Since 1986, AIDS Walk New York has raised more than $139 million for HIV programs and services in the tri-state area, and has grown into the largest AIDS fundraising event in the world. In 2014 alone, 30,000 participants, many of whom were members of more than 2,600 corporate and community teams, raised nearly $5 million for GMHC and 40 other tri-state area AIDS service organizations. For more information, please visit aidswalk.net/newyork.

About MZA Events
AIDS Walk New York was founded in 1986 by Craig R. Miller and his organization of activists, MZA Events. Miller is the AIDS Walk originator and has produced hundreds of public service campaigns and fundraising events, generating more than $380 million for major AIDS organizations throughout the country. For more information, please visit mzaevents.com

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