AIDS Walk San Francisco Marks 25 Years of Community Activism

What:  AIDS Walk San Francisco

Who:   San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee; Actors Alan Cumming, Judy Kaye, Cloris Leachman, and Michael Urie; California State Senator Mark Leno; San Francisco Supervisors David Chiu, Ross Mirkarimi, and Scott Wiener; San Francisco Treasurer Jose Cisneros; San Francisco AIDS Foundation CEO Neil Giuliano

When:  Sunday, July 17, 2011
              Opening Ceremony: 9:45am
              Walk Begins: 10:30am
              Post-Walk Concert: 12:30pm
              Results Announced: 2:30pm

Where:  Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA, July 11, 2011 – An estimated 25,000 people will gather in Golden Gate Park Sunday, July 17, for the annual AIDS Walk San Francisco (AWSF).  Since 1987, AWSF has raised more than $74 million to fight HIV/AIDS, and organizers expect to deliver millions more on Sunday.

This year marks the 25th year of AIDS Walk San Francisco, and the 30th year since the first reported cases of AIDS in the United States.  AWSF, and its contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS, remain vital to prevent the spread of the disease and ensure people living with HIV get the care they need.  Every day in San Francisco, two more people are infected with HIV.  Alarmingly, rates of new HIV infections are rising among gay and bisexual men, the only risk group for which this is the case. 

The massive fundraising of the AIDS Walk supports the work of San Francisco AIDS Foundation and 48 other important AIDS service organizations across the Bay Area.  Proceeds help the foundation achieve its ambitious goals to reduce new HIV infections by 50% by 2015, ensure all Bay Area residents know their current HIV status, and make certain that all HIV-positive people in the Bay Area receive proper care.

AIDS Walk is on – RAIN or SHINE – Sunday, July 17!

Walker registration information: For information about participating in or making a contribution to AIDS Walk San Francisco, please call 415-615-WALK (9255) or visit


About San Francisco AIDS Foundation: No city experienced epidemic levels of HIV faster than San Francisco.  At San Francisco AIDS Foundation, we work to end the epidemic where it first took hold, and eventually everywhere. Established in 1982, our mission is to radically reduce new HIV infections in San Francisco.  Through education, advocacy and direct services for prevention and care, we are confronting HIV in communities most vulnerable to the disease. We refuse to accept that HIV transmission is inevitable. For more information, visit

About AIDS Walk San Francisco: Since 1987, AIDS Walk San Francisco has raised more than $74 million for lifesaving HIV prevention, testing, and care programs and services, and has grown into the largest AIDS fundraising event in Northern California.  AIDS Walk San Francisco has become a Bay Area tradition, bringing together tens of thousands of participants and volunteers; hundreds of corporate, community, and friends and family teams; and hundreds of thousands of donors from the Bay Area and across the country.  This year’s event benefits San Francisco AIDS Foundation and dozens of other Bay Area AIDS service organizations.  For more information, visit

About MZA Events: AIDS Walk San Francisco was founded in 1987 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 $350 million for the major AIDS organizations throughout the country. For more information, please visit




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