Thousands of walkers will emerge on Central Park this weekend to raise money and awareness for AIDS research and treatment.
According to the AIDS Walk website:
“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 2008 alone, 45,000 participants, many of whom were members of 2,450 corporate and community teams, raised a record sum of over $7 million for Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) and 50 other local AIDS service organizations.”
Money raised at Sunday’s event will benefit the Gay Men’s Health Center. For more information: gmhc.org/health. Before the walk has even started, they’ve raised over $2 million.
there’s a huge pro-gay marriage rally planned for Sunday following the AIDS Walk in New York.
The Love, Peace & Marriage Equality rally will take place at 5pm at 44th and 6th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen.
Organizers say that they’re expecting some serious star power including
Four time Tony-winning actress Audra McDonald, Tony winner Cynthia Nixon, Cheyenne Jackson and the cast of the Tony-nominated revival of Hair.
Sunday’s rally is to counter an anti-gay marriage protest taking place at Governor David Paterson’s midtown offices.