“We issued the call, and AIDS Walk participants responded by showing up – to help people living with HIV; to help people in need of food, housing, and care; and to help certain elected leaders see what compassion looks like.”GMHC CEO Kelsey Louie
Sunday, May 21st a team of TFC staff and friends joined thousands of New Yorkers in Central Park for the 2017 AIDS Walk. The AIDS Walk is a 6-mile fundraising walk benefiting one of our partner organizations, Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), and dozens of other tri-state area AIDS service organizations. It is the largest single-day AIDS fundraising event in the world. All proceeds raised during the event remain a vital lifeline sustaining the prevention, care, and advocacy programs provided to men, women, and families affected by the disease.
The race started with GMHC CEO Kelsey Louie congratulating participants for walking and raising more than $4.5M. Speakers also included David Hyde Pierce (Frasier), Tommy Dorfman (13 Reasons Why), and AIDS Walk Founder and Senior Organizer, Craig R. Miller who said, “[New Yorkers] refuse to allow healthcare discriminate against people with HIV, diabetes, heart disease, and dozens of other ‘pre-existing conditions’.” The walk concluded with finish line festivities and for fundraising walkers access to the Post-Walk Show hosted by Carson Kressley, headlined by comedian Kathy Griffin, and featuring performances by Darren Criss and Computer Games, Estelle, and stars from RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Thank you to everyone working to eliminate AIDS by joining or donating to our team. If you did not get a chance to walk but still want to help, you can donate here and together we can continue to stop AIDS.