San Diego LGBT Community Center to host 29th AIDS Walk & Run Fundraiser

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego LGBT Community Center Saturday will host its 29th annual AIDS Walk and Run fundraising event for San Diego County residents living with HIV.

The four-mile walk and run, which both follow the same route through Balboa Park, both begin and end at the intersection of Normal and Harvey Milk streets in Hillcrest. San Diego City Council members Chris Ward and Georgette Gomez, Assemblyman Todd Gloria and State Sen. Toni Atkins are all expected to attend the opening ceremonies at 6:45 a.m.

The LGBT Community Center announced earlier this month that 14 local HIV and AIDS service organizations will receive funding from the event, including the North County LGBTQ Resource Center, the San Ysidro Health Center and UC San Diego’s HIV Institute. More than 18,000 San Diego residents are living with HIV or AIDS, according to LGBT Community Center Director of Development Ian Johnson.

“This year, we’re pleased to announce that all funding recipient teams have a chance to receive up to $5,000 to match what they raise at AIDS Walk,” Johnson said. “In addition, thanks to an additional special challenge grant, the funding recipient team that raises the most money by Wednesday, October 10 will receive an extra $10,000 grant.”

Registration for attendees begins at 6 a.m. at the start/finish line at the intersection of Normal and Harvey Milk streets. The run begins at 7:20 a.m. and the walk begins at 7:30 a.m. After the walk and run, Uptown Tavern will donate 25 percent of its proceeds to the fundraiser until 2 p.m.

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