For the third year, Cascade AIDS Project will be hosting the AIDS Walk Bar Challenge. This is a friendly competition between local bars and restaurants to encourage team creation, fund raising and attendance at the Walk itself. Each venue is led by a Team Captain who supports employee fundraising efforts, provides encouragement and drives use of social media to spread the word about AIDS Walk Portland 2012.
The Bar Challenge 2012 team which raises the most funds will play host to the AIDS Walk Portland Awards Ceremony. The next year, they will also be recognized as an AIDS Walk Sponsor as well as being the starting line for a bar crawl taking supporters to most, if not all, of the participating Bar Challenge venues.
Hobo's Restaurant was the Bar Challenge winner in 2011. Their 59 team members succeeded in raising $16,126.00 for CAP to prevent HIV infections, support and empower people affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, and eliminate HIV/AIDS-related stigma.
We look forward to another fun rivalry between friends and business owners to generate excitement around AIDS Walk Portland on September 23, 2012!
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Sure, AIDS Walk Portland 2012 doesn't take place until Sunday, September 23, 2012, but Cascade AIDS Project is deep into making sure it's a stellar event.
Last year's AIDS Walk route through downtown and the Pearl District was such a success that we'll be following the same route this year. We're lining up entertainment and food for the kickoff in Pioneer Square. And a slate of sponsors have already committed for AIDS Walk Portland: Nike, The Standard, Fred Meyer, Family Care, Alpha Broadcasting 95.5, NW Natural, Hobo's, and Departure.
Most importantly, AIDS Walk registration is now open! Start pulling together your team now. Lots of people are choosing themes (remember the team dressed as super heroes last year?) and setting fundraising goals. You can register at www.aidswalkportland.org.
As the walk draws nearer, we'll have more to report. Stay tuned.
Thank you so much, everyone who participated in AIDS Walk Portland 2012! Thanks to you, we drew over 10,000 people to the walk and raised $475,000, surpassing our goal by an astounding $75,000! We owe it all to the people who walked, raised money, and spread the word to their friends, coworkers, and family. We are grateful, too, to the scores of volunteers who helped set up the walk, run registration, act as sentinels along the walk's route, and more.
What makes this year particularly special is that we are beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel in the fight against HIV and AIDS. The National Institutes of Health released a report showing that people who are HIV positive and take their medication have reduced the likelihood that they'll transmit the virus to their sexual partners by 96%. This means that we can virtually stop HIV in its tracks if we can test everyone and get those who are HIV positive on medication.
The funds you helped us raise at AIDS Walk will go a long way toward getting the word out about the need to know your HIV status. We'll continue to offer free, rapid HIV tests at Pivot in downtown Portland for gay and bisexual men, and we'll offer rapid HIV tests in our office to anyone who requests one, for a suggested donation. (No one will be turned away, however.) Those who test positive will quickly be linked with any physical and emotional support they require. It only takes half an hour, and not even a blood draw, to know your HIV status. As always, we'll keep spreading the word about how to protect ourselves and those we love from HIV, and we'll work to remove the stigma from discussing it.
Again, thank you for making this the best AIDS Walk yet!