CHICAGO, IL ( November 27, 2017 ) — Center on Halsted is kicking off the holiday season with the 7th annual Santa Speedo Run in Boystown at 2:00pm this Saturday, December 2, 2017. More than 200 Speedo-clad Santas dressed in holiday cheer will merrily sing "Jingle Balls" before they take to the streets and bravely run one-mile in the cold, through the heart of Boystown Chicago, as 1000 revelers cheer them on to cross the finish line!
The annual Santa Speedo Run raises money and awareness for Center on Halsted programs that serve the LGBTQ community of Chicagoland. The 2017 Santa Speedo Run Boystown is supporting Center on Halsted HIV/AIDS "Get to Zero" program, a collaborative initiative that is part of the "Getting to Zero" campaign with the Chicago Department of Public Health, Illinois Department of Public Health and 10 community organizations and hospitals. The goal of the "Get to Zero" initiative is to eliminate new HIV infections and ensure that all people living with HIV receive treatment in Illinois by 2027.
Santa says, "Come join us to…Get Your Santa On, Get Your Speedo On, and Get to Zero!"
* Sidetrack is 21+ w/ valid ID.
ABOUT CENTER ON HALSTED
Center on Halsted is the most comprehensive community center in the Midwestern United States dedicated to building and strengthening the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer ( LGBTQ ) community. Impacting the lives of approximately 45,000 LGBTQ individuals a year, more than 1,400 community members of all ages walk through the doors every day to participate in the diverse public programs and social services. Center on Halsted offers youth and senior programming, behavior health services, HIV testing, anti-violence work, and educational programming including cooking and GED classes. For every dollar donated to Center on Halsted, nearly 75¢ are spent directly on providing these community programs and services. Additionally, thousands of individuals join us in basketball, volleyball, hockey, performance, art, and music. Center on Halsted is located in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview Neighborhood. For more information, visit www.centeronhalsted.org or follow us on Facebook andTwitter.
Sidetrack, Chicago's Original Video Bar, has been welcoming the community and the world for more than 35 years with a unique video mix of pop, rock, comedy, show tunes and retro favorites. Sidetrack is 21+ w/ valid ID. More information at www.sidetrackchicago.com