Cascade AIDS Project's AIDS Walk Portland

by Cascade AIDS Project (CAP)
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AIDS Walk billboard
AIDS Walk billboard

We hope you're having an amazing summer! At CAP, we've been busy getting ready for the best AIDS Walk ever. We'll keep this report brief, but we wanted you to know three things:

First, if you haven't registered for AIDS Walk yet, now's the time. AIDS Walk Portland is less than two months away--on Saturday, September 12, at The Fields park, to be precise. Summer has a way of slipping by, so don't forget to drop by www.aidswalkportland.org to sign up for the walk. It only takes a minute.

Next, this year we have some spectacular prizes lined up. Everyone who raises more than $1,000 will not only earn the VIP walker bag full of goodies, but will be entered into a lottery for huge prizes. Raise more than $2,500, and the prizes get even more stupendous.

Finally, know that every dollar raised is spent to prevent HIV infections, support and empower people living with or affected by HIV, and eliminate HIV-related stigma and health disparities. Because of our frugal spending and stellar program results, Charity Navigator has awarded CAP its top rating--a feat not easy to achieve. Last year, we helped more than 2,400 people living with HIV find housing and support services. We administered more than 3,900 rapid HIV tests. Our prevention and education programs touched the lives of nearly 15,000 people, helping them learn how to protect themselves and the people they love.

Thank you so much for supporting CAP. We'll see you at AIDS Walk!

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AIDS Walk 2014
AIDS Walk 2014

People are already registering for AIDS Walk Portland, and teams are planning costumes and raising money! This year's AIDS Walk will be held at The Fields Park in Portland, Oregon, and will take place Saturday, September 12. Since this is Cascade AIDS Project's 30th anniversary, buzz is really building around this year's event. Don't miss it!

We're looking forward to a big boost in registrants for the Walk over Pride Weekend, on Father's Day weekend this June. At our booth on the waterfront, we'll have games and other fun incentives for people to register using the laptops we'll have on hand to make registration a cinch.

In the meantime, we've been accomplishing a lot toward our mission of preventing HIV infections, supporting and empowering people living with and affected by HIV, and eliminating HIV-related stigma and health disparities. We're broadening our work with trans* people, a small community but onedisproportionately impacted by HIV. We're also deepening our ties in the Black community and strengthening our one-on-one assistance to HIV-positive people who also struggle with mental illness and substance abuse. As our fiscal year draws to a close, we'll have a lot of encouraging accomplishments to report.

We're looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, September 12, 2015, at The Fields Park! Don't miss the fun, and--more importantly--don't miss the chance to do your part to end HIV.

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CAP staff celebrate AIDS Walk!
CAP staff celebrate AIDS Walk!

It's hard for us at Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) to believe, but AIDS Walk Portland 2015 is only 8 months out! Thanks to the success of last year's venue, we're holding AIDS Walk again at The Fields Park in Portland's Pearl District. It take place Saturday, September 12, 2015.

Like last year, besides a roomy park to gather for the Walk, see your friends, listen to the program, and cheer the step-off, we'll have a dog park, a beer garden, and food concessions. (With any luck, Mother Nature will comply with the same beautiful weather as last year, although perhaps not quite so toasty.)

It's CAP's 30th anniversary this year, too! We expect a super-charged atmosphere to commemorate just how far we've come in three decades fighting HIV/AIDS. Come join us, and bring the family. We're planning a wonderful, inspiring event!

AIDS Walk Portland 2015
AIDS Walk Portland 2015

Thanks to all of you and your support, AIDS Walk Portland exceeded its goal of raising $450,000 toward its mission of preventing HIV infections, supporting and empowering people affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, and eliminating HIV/AIDS-related stigma. This is hugely meaningful to us at Cascade AIDS Project--both the funds raised, and all the support the 10,000+ walkers showed!

This year, AIDS Walk was at a new location--The Fields Park--and on a new day, a Saturday. It was an amazing day of blue sky and full sun, and Governor Kitzhaber appeared as a surprise guest speaker to rally us all on. The feeling of community and support in the fight against HIV and AIDS was strong, and besides that, people had a really great time!

Again, thank you all so much for supporting Cascade AIDS Project through AIDS Walk Portland 2014. Mark your calendars for AIDS Walk Portland 2015 on Saturday, September 12th. The Fields Park was a hugely successful location, so we're holding it the kick-off there again, to be followed by a 2.5-mile walk through Portland.

See you next year!

Gov. Kitzhaber addresses the crowd
Gov. Kitzhaber addresses the crowd
Huge turnout!
Huge turnout!
Youth fundraising winner, Alazar Manning, and pal
Youth fundraising winner, Alazar Manning, and pal
Happy AIDS Walk Portland team
Happy AIDS Walk Portland team

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It's less than two months until AIDS Walk Portland. (Remember, AIDS Walk is a new location and new date this year: Saturday, September 6th, at The Fields Park, NW 11th and Overton.) At Cascade AIDS Project, we're full steam ahead with plans to shake up the event and make it as fun--and productive--as ever! Here's just a sample of what we have planned:

 

  • Beer Garden at the Finish line donated by Ninkasi
  • Two live bands and a DJ
  • Emcees: Stacey Lynn from Live 95.5 and Matt Johnson from KATU news
  • Children’s activities and a playground
  • Dog park available so bring your well-behaved dogs
  • 2.4-mile walk through The Pearl, downtown, Old Town, and along the river

This will also be your opportunity to meet CAP's new Executive Director, Tyler TerMeer, and to rally to support our mission of preventing HIV infections, supporting and empowering people affected and infected with HIV/AIDS, and eliminating HIV/AIDS-related stigma.

Please come and join us! It will be a fun, heartening day as we join as a community to fight HIV/AIDS. I look forward to our next report, when we'll be able to tell you how much we raised and give you an idea of some of the amazing and effective programs it will support.

Thank you!

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Cascade AIDS Project (CAP)

Location: Portland, OR - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.cascadeaids.org
Project Leader:
Angela Sanders
Grants Coordinator
Portland, OR United States

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