By Jenny Narron | Grants & Communications Coordinator
We were able to raise $383,907 toward our 2018 goal of $400,000! Our top walker, Daniel Borgen, alone raised $12,611!
The walk had another successful year as thousands gathered at the Fields Park in Portland's Pearl District. There were games, music, bubbles, and balloons to kick off the festivities. CAP's Executive Directer, Tyler TerMeer, shared sentiments with the audience. City Councilman, Nick Fish, also spoke to the crowd about the importance of stigma reduction and vigilant focus on HIV in our changing world.
All in all, though the walk didn't hit its financial goal, we really consider this year to be a success. More people and teams showed up for the walk than in previous years. The sun was shining. Our walkers dismantled the efforts of a hateful group of protesters. Everyone left in good spirits!
For over 30 years the city’s finest have gathered to celebrate life, reduce HIV stigma, and remember those lost to HIV at the Portland AIDS Walk. Cascade AIDS Project has always led this event, the largest and most visible AIDS fundraising even in the Pacific Northwest. The 2.5 mile walk through downtown Portland draws over 3,000 participants each year. Through our community’s support, AIDS Walk Portland raises $400,000 to support the HIV/AIDS work of CAP and our community partners.
An estimated 1.1 million Americans currently live with HIV, with one in seven not knowing they carry the virus. In Oregon over 7,000 individuals are HIV-positive, with over nearly 70% of them living in the Portland metropolitan area. We walk AIDS Walk Portland for these individuals and their affected families and friends.
Save the Date for AIDS Walk Portland 2018 *** SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8th**. Again this year at Fields Park in downtown Portland, Oregon.
We want to see you and your family there as we kick off the largest HIV/AIDS-specific walk in Portland. Start recruiting your team members now and plan for a morning of fun.
AIDS Walk is a way for YOU to help raise money for CAP and Prism Health. You can pull together family and friends to form a 10 person team. Each one of you can set a fundraising goal - I like to set my goal at $500. THEN comes the fun part. Each team member challenges family and friends to donate. Some team members like to hold fundraiser bbqs or trivia nights.
You can raise money as an individuals too!
And the best part is CAP provides a website platform on which to collect money. It is super easy.
On the day of walk, everyone gathers for a family friendly morning of game and the walk itself. Last year we had a bouncy house AND elected officials. Does it get any better.
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