On September 10, at The Fields Park, we're set for another amazing AIDS Walk Portland. As always, the money we raise will go toward Cascade AIDS Project's mission of preventing HIV infections, supporting and empowering people living with or affected by HIV, and eliminating HIV-related stigma and health disparities.
This year's walk is especially important, as we're opening health clinic in the winter of 2017 focusing on the needs of the LGBTQ community. The clinic will be a safe an affirming place where, for example, a trans man can get a pap smear or a lesbian couple can go for family planning--and not feel judged.
But the walk's not all serious! Form a team and have some fun. Maybe your team will wear T shirts from your business, or maybe you'll form a themed team, like Andrew Shayde's The Mighty Monster team, where everyone will dress as a different mythical beast.
Where else but at AIDS Walk Portland can you help banish HIV while having a great time? Please join us!
AIDS Walk Portland 2016 is September 10, 2016. While that might seem far away, it's not!
More than 40 teams have already signed up for the big day and begun fundraising. Businesses, churches, and groups of friends have chosen themes, starting enrolling members, and even holding events to raise money for their teams.
AIDS Walk Portland is not only Cascade AIDS Project's largest fundraiser, it's efficiently run so that costs are very low and more than 90% of the money raised goes straight to support our mission of preventing HIV infections, supporting and empowering people living with or affected by HIV, and eliminating HIV-related stigma and health disparities.
Meanwhile, at CAP we've been putting the pieces in place for a fabulous AIDS Walk, including doing everything from securing permits to hiring MCs and entertainers.
What team will you join? Or maybe you'll create one of your own. We're looking forward to see you on September 10th and finding out!
Thank you, everyone, for an amazing AIDS Walk 2015!
We're in the planning stages for this year's AIDS Walk, which will be held in Fields Park in September 2016. Many people are surprised to learn that planning a one-day event takes all year. We'll give you a peek into our planning process:
Registration set up: www.aidswalkportland.org needs updated each year, and we work on improving its functionality to make it easier for you to register and to get and track donations. Plus, we add fabulous photos of last year's teams.
The venue: Then, there's securing the myriad permits needed to hold an event attracting more than 20,000 people. Not only do we need to get a permit for Fields Park, we need to get clearance for the walk's entire route and police to block traffic and Trimet buses and trains as necessary. Plus, there are sound systems, portapotties, and tents to rent.
Sponsors: All year round we solicit sponsors to host AIDS Walk Portland. We've been lucky to have some amazing sponsors that offer ongoing support, including Chevron, Nike, OHSU, The Standard, and more.
Lead-up events: We hold a handful of pre-walk events to get people charged up for AIDS Walk.
That's just a tiny bit of what happens to put on AIDS Walk Portland. We hope to see you this fall at the event!