This year AIDS Walk NY marked its 30th anniversary. The Walk benefts GMHC and more than 40 tri-state area AIDs service organizations.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo kicked off the Walk at the event’s opening ceremony, where in front of 34,000 people he discussed the plan to end the AIDS epidemic in New York. He received the “Hero Award” from the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) for the initiative to end the epidemic by 2020. Here is an excerpt from his acceptance speech.
"New York has always been the progressive capital. New Yorkers always said, 'let us lead and learn from what we do.' And New York has always said, 'we stand for equality and we stand for acceptance and we stand for nonjudgmentalism, and we believe that we can come together in one community and accept and celebrate our differences. And that makes us stronger as a people. And that is the best of this state and it is the best of this nation.' And we are going to show the nation that we are committed to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2020 and we challenge every state to join us in this crusade."
We at the local would lie to say thanks to everybody who participated in, donated to, and supported AIDS Walk NY. Our team raised $1,765.00 for the Walk. So far the Walk raised $4.8 million and counting. The fundraising deadline is June 12 so if you have any outstanding donations or want to continue to raise funds please do. Unfortunately donations cannot be made online any longer and must be mailed in.
The address is:
AIDS Walk New York
P.O. Box 7607
New York, NY 10116
**Please remember to include Team #4960 on the check(s).