May 16, 2010

May 16, 2010
25th Annual AIDS Walk NYC

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Sunday and I hope you are having a safe and great weekend so far. Today is also the 25th annual AIDS Walk NYC!

It is going to be a great day with Dab the AIDS Bear seeing old friends and making many new ones. Dab the AIDS Bear has been a fixture at the walk for many years.

Schedule of Events for today
8:30 a.m. - Sign-In Opens
9:00 a.m. - Aerobic Warmup
9:15 a.m. - Opening Ceremony
10:00 a.m. - AIDS Walk New York.

As always, the AIDS Walk starts and ends at Central Park. There will be booths for vendors including organizations, entertainment and food which you definitely do not want to miss after the walk. It is also a great time to people watch and take pictures.

And as always, I will be posting a slide show featuring pictures from the AIDS Walk NYC later in the week. So stay tuned for that since I have a special surprise coming with the slide show this year.

Since 1986, AIDS Walk New York has raised more than $105 million for HIV programs and services in the tri-state area, and has grown into the largest AIDS fundraising event in the world.

In 2009 alone, 45,000 participants, many of whom were members of 2,880 corporate and community teams, raised a record sum of over $5.6 million for Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) and 50 other local AIDS service organizations.

GMHC is the world's first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy. Building on decades of dedication and expertise, GMHC understands the reality of HIV/AIDS and empower a healthy life for all. Since before AIDS had a name and until the epidemic is over, GMHC will continue to fight AIDS and love life. Click here for more information about GMHC.

Other benefiting organizations include:

African Services Committee; AIDS Resource Foundation for Children/St. Clare's Home; AIDS Service Center NYC; American Run For the End of AIDS; Angelwish, Inc; APICHA - Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS; Birch Family Camp; Brooklyn AIDS Task Force; Camp Viva; Community Health Action of Staten Island; Episcopal Response to AIDS Exponents Arrive Inc.; Friends House In Rosehill; Friends In Deed; God's Love We Deliver; Hispanic AIDS Forum HIV Law Project; Hudson Pride Connections; International AIDS Prevention Initiative; Iris House; Keep a Child Alive; LGBT Community Center; Liberation in Truth Unity Fellowship; LIFEbeat - The Music Industry Fights AIDS; Love Heals; MaAfrika Tikkun; Miracle House; Mixteca Organization, Inc.; Mpowerment Project - Latinos D; NYHRE; Positive Health Project; Redemption Outreach Int'l Inc.; SMART Inc.; Subayo Foundation for Women & Children; Turning Point; Ubuntu Education Fund; Unity Fellowship/Breaking Ground and Village Care of New York - VCNY.

Dab the AIDS Bear will be walking with Team Invincible - Pat Benatar's Team and Team AGAPE. Giovanni Vitacolonna, Scott Kramer, Raquel Algarin, Angel Rivera, Sean Sullivan and Faustino Fuentes are our Dab the AIDS Bear's Ambassadors of Hope in New York City. So you can have your picture taken with Dab the AIDS Bear with any of the above named people.

So those of you in the NYC area; we look forward to seeing you this morning. Get those walking shoes on and join us in support of people living with HIV and AIDS.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab