AIDS Walk Portland is Sunday, September 23! We've raised almost $200,000 so far, but we have a ways to go before we reach our goal of $450,000. I know we can do it!
All funds raised go to support Cascade AIDS Project's mission of preventing HIV infections, supporting and empowering people affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, and eliminating HIV/AIDS-related stigma. A portion of the proceeds will support our partner agencies, as well. Those agencies are Our House, Quest, the HIV Day Center, Partnership Project, and Esther's Pantry.
The National Institutes of Health recently released a study showing that HIV-positive people who adhere to their treatment are 96% less likely to transmit HIV to their sexual partners. This "treatment as prevention" finding proves the important of finding people who are HIV positive and getting them into treatment as soon as possible. To this end, Cascade AIDS Project continues to expand its HIV testing, counseling, and referral program with the goal of having everyone know his or her HIV status, and for those who are positive to receive the medication they need.
We can only accomplish this goal with the help of everyone who walks, donates, and raises funds for AIDS Walk. We won't quit until the epidemic is over. We hope to see you among the 10,000 people who gather on Sunday, September 23, for AIDS Walk Portland.
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.