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AIDS Walk San Francisco and AIDS Walk New York Combine Forces Virtually to Create "AIDS Walk: Live at Home" on Sunday, July 19

6.21.2020

Media Contacts: 

PRC:
Leigh Anne Carney, Landis Communications Inc. I prc@landispr.com l 415-713-0713

GMHC:
Poul Olson I 646-784-2533I PoulO@gmhc.org

Krishna Stone I 917-774-3621 I KrishnaS@gmhc.org

AIDS WALK NEW YORK
Victoria Varela, Varela Media I VictoriaVarela@VarelaMedia.com

AIDS Walk San Francisco and AIDS Walk New York Combine Forces Virtually to Create "AIDS Walk: Live at Home" on Sunday, July 19

In partnership with iHeartMedia, coast-to-coast events to stream live beginning at 10 a.m. ET/PT; scheduled performances and appearances by:
Bette Midler, Gloria Estefan, Vanessa Williams, Laura Linney, Matt Bomer, Alex Newell, Elvis Duran, stars from "Queer Eye" and more.

To Raise Funds for PRC and GMHC and Their Vital Services for People Affected by HIV, COVID-19, and Other Challenges

SAN FRANCISCO and NEW YORK (June 22, 2020)--United by a common cause and undaunted by the COVID-19 pandemic, AIDS Walk San Francisco and AIDS Walk New York today announced their first-ever collaboration: AIDS Walk: Live at Home, a 90-minute, livestreamed virtual event on Sunday, July 19 to raise money that benefits San Francisco's PRC and New York's GMHC: two nonprofit organizations providing vital services for people affected by HIV/AIDS, COVID-19 and other challenges. Those looking to participate may register for free and raise funds or donate directly at aidswalk.net. 

AIDS Walk: Live at Home will feature performances and appearances by a broad list of talent, including: award-winning icon, Bette Midler; Grammy-winning global superstar, Gloria Estefan; Golden Globe winner, Matt Bomer; entertainment icon, Vanessa Williams; Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner, Laura Linney; Tony Award winner, Alan Cumming; Skylar Astin (Zoe's Extraordinary Playlist); Tan France (Queer Eye); Bobby Berk (Queer Eye); Karamo Brown (Queer Eye); Peter Gallagher (Grace and Frankie, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist); Ross Mathews (RuPaul's Drag Race); Alex Newell (Zoe's Extraordinary Playlist); Elvis Duran (iHeartMedia on-air personality); Mae Whitman (Good Girls); and stars from RuPaul's Drag Race, including Nina West, Jackie Cox, Latrice Royale, Willam, Chi Chi DeVayne, Alexis Michelle, The Vixen and Ginger Minj. 

In addition to being live-streamed on aidswalk.net, PRCSF.org and GMHC.org, AIDS Walk: Live at Home also will be broadcast on ABC7/KGO-TV in San Francisco. Presented in partnership with iHeartMedia, the event will feature iHeartMedia on-air personality, Elvis Duran and will be streamed live on iHeartRadio's YouTube channel. Additionally, iHeart's Z100 in New York and KIOI, KMEL and KYLD in San Francisco will support the event with multiple radio promotions in the days and weeks leading up to July 19. 

Featuring voices from both cities, AIDS Walk: Live at Home will harness the strength and individual character of two landmark events and the communities that embrace them year after year. 

"From the Bronx to the Bay Area, this creative joint effort will unite our distinct yet like-minded communities of supporters from across multiple regions. At the same time, supporters from other locations across the country - particularly with cities that do not have their own AIDS Walks - will be able to join in on the fun," said Brett Andrews, CEO of PRC, Kelsey Louie, CEO of GMHC and Craig R. Miller, founder of both events in a joint statement. 

New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo issued this statement of support: "GMHC's staff and volunteers are doing heroic work in the midst of the pandemic-delivering life-saving services to thousands of people threatened by both HIV and COVID-19. This critical organization needs our support and I encourage all New Yorkers to participate in this year's virtual AIDS Walk."

"Stemming from the uncertainty surrounding the current healthcare crisis, we collectively decided to bring teams together virtually to create a new vision for the Bay Area's largest, single-day AIDS-related fundraiser," said Andrews. "Now marking our 33rd year, we're really excited about AIDS Walk: Live at Home which will raise awareness and funds that support HIV care and prevention services, as well as mental health, substance use, housing and other important social programs."

"When the COVID-19 pandemic struck New York City, we moved quickly to adapt our services to meet head on the new environment and its challenges for people living with HIV," said Louie. "With people sheltering at home, we are bringing GMHC's services directly to the doorsteps of thousands. We've delivered more than 30,000 meals thus far. We are meeting the skyrocketing need for mental health services and legal services, substance use counseling, and HIV home testing. Videoconferencing and other technologies have been harnessed to provide help with supportive housing, financial management, and so much more, so that our clients' vital resources continue uninterrupted." 

"For those of us who were part of the early years of the AIDS epidemic, the plight of our country right now is at once unprecedented and strangely familiar," said Miller. "Over the past 34 years, we have always stood, walked and marched with all who oppose police brutality and the racist, sexist, homophobic and transphobic disparities that persist in the criminal justice and healthcare systems of America. Protecting people who have been singled out, harassed, scapegoated and underserved is what we do. It is our legacy and it remains our commitment."

CALENDAR EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

WHAT: AIDS Walk: Live at Home

WHEN: Sunday, July 19, 2020

10am ET at ny.aidswalk.net and gmhc.org
10am PT at sf.aidswalk.net and prcsf.org

And on ABC7/KGO-TV in San Francisco 

WHO: The virtual event benefits PRC, GMHC and more than 45 other AIDS service organizations that provide HIV/AIDS care, prevention services, and advocacy throughout both the tri-state area and the Bay Area.

RSVP FOR MEDIA: For interviews or to RSVP for AIDS Walk: Live at Home, please contact Leigh Anne Varney at prc@landispr.com or (415) 713-0713 (San Francisco inquiries), or Krishna Stone at krishnas@gmhc.org or (917) 774-3621 (New York inquiries).

MORE: For registration information or to donate to AIDS Walk: Live at Home, please visit aidswalk.net. There is no registration fee. 

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About PRC (formerly Positive Resource Center)
A San Francisco-based nonprofit, PRC helps people affected by HIV/AIDS, substance use or mental health issues better realize opportunities by providing integrated legal, social and health services that address the broad range of social risk factors that impact wellness and limit potential. In 2017, PRC merged with AIDS Emergency Fund, an emergency financial assistance provider for low-income residents disabled by HIV/AIDS, and Baker Places, an agency that provides a comprehensive array of residential treatment services to people with mental health, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS-related issues. Combined, the three organizations operate as PRC, represent a combined 115-year history of service and serve approximately 5,400 clients annually. For more information, please visit www.prcsf.org.

 

About AIDS Walk San Francisco
Since 1987, AIDS Walk San Francisco (AWSF) has raised more than $90 million for lifesaving HIV prevention, testing, and care programs and services, and has grown into the largest AIDS fundraising event in California. PRC, for the first time, is the event's lead beneficiary. AWSF has become a Bay Area tradition, bringing together tens of thousands of participants and volunteers; hundreds of corporate, community, and friends & family teams; as well as hundreds of thousands of donors from the Bay Area and across the country. For more information, to sign up, or to donate, please visit sf.aidswalk.net.

About GMHC (formerly Gay Men's Health Crisis) 
The world's first HIV/AIDS service organization provides comprehensive services to 10,000 people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and COVID-19. Programs include testing, prevention, nutrition, legal, supportive housing, mental health, and substance use services. GMHC also advocates for stronger public policies at the local, state, and federal levels with the goal of ending HIV/AIDS. For more information, visit www.gmhc.org

About AIDS WALK New York 
AIDS Walk New York (AWNY) is the largest single-day AIDS fundraising event in the world. In its 35 years, the event has inspired nearly 890,000 people to walk and millions more to donate, raising nearly $155 million to combat HIV and AIDS. The funds raised remain a vital lifeline sustaining the prevention, care, and advocacy programs GMHC provides for the thousands of people and families affected by HIV/AIDS in the tri-state area. The proceeds also benefit several HIV/AIDS service organizations that are able to participate as teams and raise funds through the Community Partnership Program (CPP). For more information, to sign up, or to donate, please visit ny.aidswalk.net.

About MZA Events 
AIDS Walk New York and AIDS Walk San Francisco were founded, in 1986 and 1987 respectively, by Craig R. Miller and his organization of activists, MZA Events. Miller and MZA have produced hundreds of public service campaigns and fundraising events, generating more than $400 million for major AIDS organizations throughout the country. For more information, please visit http://www.mzaevents.com/.

About iHeartMedia New York 
iHeartMedia (NASDAQ: IHRT) is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month - and with its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. The company's leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms, including more than 850 live broadcast stations in over 160 markets nationwide; through its iHeartRadio digital service available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices; through its influencers; social; branded iconic live music events; other digital products and newsletters; and podcasts as the #1 commercial podcast publisher. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics, targeting and attribution for its marketing partners with its SmartAudio product, using data from its massive consumer base. Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.

About ABC7/KGO-TV
KGO-TV, Channel 7, is an ABC owned-and-operated television station serving the San Francisco Bay Area. The station is owned by the ABC Owned Television Stations subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. ABC7 has been the AIDS Walk San Francisco broadcast television sponsor for more than thirty years. KGO news anchor, Dan Ashley, is a committed supporter, and has served as the event's host for more than twenty years. 

Sponsors:

AIDS Walk San Francisco's Presenting Sponsor is Gilead; its Principal Sponsors are Chevron and Quest Diagnostics. 

AIDS Walk New York's Presenting Sponsor is ViiV Healthcare; its Premier Sponsors are Delta and Gilead; and its Principal Sponsors are Barclays, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Fiona and Stanley Druckenmiller, PepsiCo, Select Health VNSNY Choice, and the Keith Haring Foundation, Inc. 

Media sponsors are: KGO TV (ABC - San Francisco), YouTube and iHeartMedia and the San Francisco Chronicle.