Thursday, September 28, 2006

AIDS Walk 2006

This Sunday, help Oklahoma raise money for AIDS' research, education and prevention.
Below is part of an article from Hard News Online about the AIDS walk's purpose and usefulness. I will be volunteering at the event, from 11am to 4pm doing registration and other things. If you would like a ride (to the show!), write or call me, or if you want to volunteer contact Please support the event with either your presence, your money, or your time. Registration starts at 12:30 pm and kick off is at 2pm. The event will be held at the Myriad Bontanical Gardens and will walk one mile through Bricktown. Sorry, no pets allowed (city ordinance).

Bravo Network's Kayne Gillaspie to lead 2006 Oklahoma City AIDS Walk
This Sunday, during the annual Oklahoma City AIDS Walk, hundreds of walkers will take steps toward helping those in the community who are living with HIV and AIDS. The event, now in its eighth year, has raised more that $250,000 for area agencies.

The walkers will be joined this year by fashion guru Kayne Gillaspie of Bravo's "Project Runway," who is serving as grand marshal for the walk. Festivities, which include entertainment, food and a chance to win round-trip airfare for two, are set to begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Myriad Gardens. Walkers will hit the streets at 2 p.m. and return for the closing celebration at 3 p.m.

Organizers hope to raise $50,000 at this year's event.

"We have gotten really close to that goal in the past, but we have never quite made it. This year we really would like to hit our target," said AIDS Walk President Linda Larason. "The walkers generate the largest percentage of the funds we are able to raise. We do have some corporate sponsors and others who help with in-kind donations. But our walkers really provide most of the support."

According to Larason, the walk recently became a self-sufficient organization, and the group now grants all the money generated during the walk directly to local agencies. She also said that the walk is not only important as a fund-raising event but also as an awareness event.

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