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Teams are forming, fundraising for AIDS Walk & Run San Diego

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The Center

Teams are forming – and fundraising – for the 27th annual AIDS Walk/Run San Diego. The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016.

Teams play a crucial role in the success of AIDS Walk, and last year helped raise approximately 70% of the event’s total. 

“AIDS Walk teams not only make a difference for HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs in San Diego, but it’s also a great way to build community,” said Ian Johnson, director of events for The San Diego LGBT Community Center, which produces the event. “It’s a great time with great people for a great cause.”

Teams can range in size from two to more than 1,000 walkers. Those teams that register 10 or more walkers/runners or raise $1,000 or more by 8am on Monday, Sept. 19, will receive the legendary yellow shoe placard featuring the team name. These teams will also get a special “Team Meeting Station” on the day of the event. 

Team members can participate in either the 5K Walk or the 5K Run. Registration is open at HERE

Team Leaders are especially vital, and AIDS Walk will provide all the resources to help them achieve success. Team Leader workshops are a great way to meet other Team Leaders, learn about online fundraising and team recruitment. Register for a Team Leadership workshop by calling (619) 692-2077, ext. 247 or e-mail teams@aidswalksd.org. Team Leader workshops will take place at The Center, 3909 Centre St. on the following dates:

•    Wednesday, Aug. 3 -- 8-9am

•    Thursday, Aug. 11 -- 6-7pm

•    Saturday, Aug. 13 -- 10-11am

•    Wednesday, Aug.17 -- 8-9am

•    Thursday, Aug. 25 -- 6-7pm

Each year, AIDS Walk/Run raises funds for local HIV/AIDS service organizations, honors those lost to the disease and helps raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS in our community. It is the largest HIV/AIDS fundraiser in San Diego County.

More information is available HERE or by contacting Johnson at aidswalk@thecentersd.org or (619) 692-2077, ext. 247.

About AIDS Walk San Diego

AIDS Walk San Diego is San Diego's largest one-day HIV/AIDS fundraiser and the biggest non-governmental financial provider for HIV/AIDS in San Diego County. Local HIV/AIDS service agencies -- serving thousands of clients -- rely on funds raised at the annual AIDS Walk to help provide essential prevention and care programs to thousands of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS. Established as AIDS Walk San Diego in 1989, this event took place for two years prior as the Walk for Life.

About The Center

The San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center, Inc. (The Center) is the nation's second oldest and one of the largest LGBT community centers. Functioning as the San Diego LGBT community's anchor organization, The Center is led by a 14-member board of directors, employs more than 50 paid staff and utilizes more than 1,000 community volunteers to achieve its twin goals of promoting LGBT health and human rights. The Center provides direct program services to the many different facets of the LGBT community, including youth, seniors, families, the LGBT Latin@ community members and their families, and those struggling with HIV. Last year, The Center provided more than 61,000 service visits to San Diego community members, and through its events, activities and advocacy, touched the lives of thousands more.