PHOTOS: Tampa Bay AIDS Walk had a tremendous turnout for its EPIC event

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Tampa Bay’s 14th annual AIDS Walk & 5k was held Dec. 9 at the Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, benefiting Empath Partners in Care, or EPIC.

In its 14 years, the event has drawn thousands of walkers and runners, with even more donating crucial funds to raise over $1 million to combat HIV/AIDS.

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AIDS Walk Sarasota-Manatee 2017

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On Saturday, December 2, 2017, Community AIDS Network (CAN) will host its annual AIDS Walk Sarasota-Manatee to raise awareness and funds for HIV. Several hundred people are expected to participate in the annual AIDS Walk. This year’s walk celebrates the many people in Florida and beyond who have fought and will continue to fight the spread of HIV.

 

AIDS Walk Sarasota-Manatee will begin at 8 a.m. in beautiful J.D. Hamel Park in downtown Sarasota, continue over the Ringling Bridge, and lead back to the park for shared testimonials, free food, and raffle prizes.  The cost to walk is only $10 and participants can register through midnight on November 27, 2017 at www.cccsrq.org/aids-walk-sarasota-manatee-2017  or on the day of the event.

 

CAN will be providing free, confidential rapid HIV tests and education about living with HIV. School teams, local businesses, families, and even friendly pets are all invited to participate in this important community event. Suncoast News Network (SNN) will have a walking team and Anchor, Nicole Sommavilla along with Chief Meteorologist, Justin Mosely will be at the walk to participate in the opening ceremonies.

 

For more information about participation, sponsorship opportunities, and the mission of CAN, please visit www.cccsrq.org/aids-walk-sarasota-manatee-2017 or call Jessly Santiago at (941) 366-0461 ext. 14402. CAN will be offering free booths to vendors at the walk. Call Jessly to make your reservation.

Hope & Help takes Orlando AIDS Walk into twilight

By : Billy Manes
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Hundreds, perhaps thousands (we haven’t confirmed numbers yet, but there were quite a few people) showed up to support the Hope & Help AIDS walk April 15.

The walk, which involves ambulating two laps around downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola, was especially important this year. Following the Pulse shooting last year and the election of a seemingly hostile president in November, it was important to let people know that the LGBTQ community and its allies are still paying attention to the HIV/AIDS issue.

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2016 World AIDS Day events round-up

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The 28th Annual World AIDS Day is Dec. 1. From the early morning hours of that day at the YMCA in Ocala to the not-as-early morning hours of Saturday’s AIDS Walk in St. Pete, the community will be honoring the memories and celebrating the lives of those impacted by HIV/AIDS.

World AIDS Day is held on the first of December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.

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Orlando AIDS Walk raises $121,000 for Hope & Help Center

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The Orlando AIDS Walk marched around Lake Eola for its 20th year to raise money for the Hope & Help Center on March 28.

The two mile walk, a fundraiser for HIV treatment and prevention in Central Florida, brought in more than $121,000 and 1,400 walkers according to Kristine Iverson, director of development and marketing for the Hope and Help Center.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Walk for a cause, cool down poolside

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Sawmill has new royalty
Eight contestants competed for the coveted title of Miss Sawmill 2015 on Aug. 23, but only one could walk away with the crown. Orlando performer Imani Valentino wowed the panel of nine judges and secured the title. First runner-up was Emoni Sanchez and second runner-up was Stephanie Stuart. The night was a fun one with emcees and former Miss Sawmill title holders Sofonda Cox, Dede Taylor and Alexis Mateo sharing duties behind the podium. Valentino will now appear in ads and promotions for the Dade City Campground in LGBT publications and on websites. See more photos from the pageant at WatermarkOnline.com.

LGBT actors get tons of nods
Theatre Tampa Bay recently announced its nominees for its annual awards ceremony, and it reads like a who’s who of LGBT actors, designers, directors and theaters. Out performers Eric Davis (FreeFall Theatre) has eight nominations including one for his starring role in The Normal Heart, Karla Hartley has three, designer and actor Scott Daniel has three and musician Michael Raabe has two, as does actor Matthew McGee. Speaking of The Normal Heart, the drama surrounding the early days of the AIDS epidemic, the production secured seven nominations total, as did The Divine Sister, and Two Trains Running. The theater company with the most nominations is FreeFall, with 43, followed by American Stage with 24. Both theater companies have large contingents of LGBT actors, directors and employees, as well as LGBT-centric plays. The list of nominees goes on for three pages, much too many to list here. See them all at TheatreTampaBay.org. Winners will be announced Oct. 6 at the Palladium Theater in downtown St. Petersburg.

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2014 AIDS Walk raises nearly $150,000

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Orlando – Nearly 1,500 people raised $143,000 at the 2014 Orlando AIDS Walk, benefiting Hope and Help of Central Florida, Inc.

The walkers, wearing colorful T-shirts, braved the gloomy, drizzly weather March 29 to gather around the Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park to watch openly gay Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan welcome attendees to the event.

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AIDS Walk Orlando will showcase diversity March 29

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Orlando – Since 1995, Hope and Help of Central Florida has hit the streets of Downtown Orlando to help raise money and awareness about those affected by HIV/AIDS in the region. This year the AIDS Walk Orlando returns on Saturday, March 29, where participants will walk 1.86 miles starting and ending at the Walt Disney World Amphitheatre at Lake Eola.

Chris Hessler, the events manager for the Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, said one of his favorite parts of the entire day is the initial kickoff of the walk—diverse people from all over the Orlando community come together in support of the HIV/AIDS community.

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Tampa Bay AIDS Walk 2013

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While the 10th annual AIDS Walk Tampa Bay on Sept. 7 was all about celebrating successes in the battle against HIV while raising money for positive clients served by the AIDS Association of Pinellas, it was about honor for Tampa resident Gordon Kendrick.

Kendrick, 62, remembers losing friends daily in the 1980s as the AIDS epidemic swept across the country. While advances in medical care have prevented countless other deaths, the disease is still close to Kendrick’s heart, and he’ll walk for as long as he’s able, he said.

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AIDS Walk returns for 7th year

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Sarasota | Trinity Charities and New College of Florida are cosponsoring the 7th Annual Sarasota/Manatee AIDS Walk on Dec. 1.  Last year’s walk was attended by nearly 500 participants, and organizers expect even greater participation this year. Those interested in walking can sign up online at TrinityCharities.org and can join as an individual walker, as a member of a team, or as a sponsor or donor. Pre-registration is not required, but participants are encouraged to register early and raise funds for the cause. Proceeds from the walk go directly to Trinity Charities and will be used to support their mission to provide support, education, prevention, and intervention for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and for those in temporary crisis.

“The walk is Trinity Charities most important and largest fundraising event of the year,” said Bruce Fournier, Trinity Charities’ Program Coordinator.

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