Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-04-18
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Thousands participate in AFC's 15th annual AIDS Run and Walk
by Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times
2016-10-01

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


On the rain-soaked morning of Oct. 1 about 2,500 participants gathered for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago's ( AFC ) 15th annual AIDS Run & Walk outside of Soldier Field.

This year's theme was Band Together.

WGN Entertainment Reporter Dean Richards kicked off the opening ceremony ahead of the 5K walk, 5K run and 10K run alongside performances by the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus and Jeff Award-nominee Donica Lynn, and remarks by Hamilton Chicago cast member Joseph Morales ( Alexander Hamilton alternate ) and entertainer Honey West.

Joy Miles of Fitness Formula Clubs led a warmup stretch session for participants.

For the second year in a row, participants were able to pick out a COLORband denoting their status at the event—living with HIV, caretaker or family member of someone with HIV, lost someone to AIDS-related complications, having a vision for an AIDS-free generation, AIDS healthcare provider, a Super Strider, AFC staff member or volunteer. This was the second year the bands were available to wear.

"We're a little disappointed that it's rained but we've been incredibly lucky with the weather in the past," said AFC President and CEO John Peller. "What's amazing is, despite the rain, people are sticking together and completing this event because they made a commitment to their donors and friends and I think that really shows the power of this event as a community-building exercise.

"We've raised $471,531 so far today and most importantly we have 33 Community Direct teams. That's 33 agencies doing work who are directly benefitting from AIDS Run & Walk. For some of the smaller agencies, this critical unrestricted money will be used to help clients with food or transportation or emergency services that they otherwise wouldn't be able to provide."

AFC funnels 90 percent of the money raised at this event to the participating Community Direct teams. Fundraising will be ongoing throughout October.

Performer and activist Delia Kropp hosted the closing ceremony with music provided by DJ Moose.

Part of the NAMES Project Memorial Quilt was set to be on display, however, the rain prevented that from happening.

The CORE Center provided free HIV testing and information about HIV/AIDS prevention including PrEP.

Winners in the 10K race included Sheila Murphy in the women's category, Milo Vieland in the gender-neutral category and Jamie Kelly in the male category. The 5K winners were Kimberly McClain in the women's category, Timothy Carbonara in the gender-neutral category and Mark Scheitler in the male category.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Season of Concern hosts 'Cabaret for Care' 2018-04-18 - Season of Concern's 2018 annual benefit titled Cabaret for Care came to the Goodman Theatre on April 9. The evening had donors enjoying ...


Gay News

HRC releases HIV college guide 2018-04-18 - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation has released a new comprehensive guide for college administrators, staff and students outlining many of ...


Gay News

'Stars on Ice' on April 29, with Adam Rippon 2018-04-18 - Out Olympian Adam Rippon will be among the figure skaters featured when the Stars on Ice tour comes to the Allstate Arena on ...


Gay News

'Bolder Than Out' features variety show, panel discussion 2018-04-11 - As a part of the Coalition for Justice and Respect ( CJR ) sixth annual Bolder Than Out ( BTO ) conference, "Kitchen ...


Gay News

Advocate recounts challenges facing women with HIV 2018-04-11 - Even as technology to prevent and treat HIV infections improves, obstacles continue to impede efforts by providers and advocates to assist women living ...


Gay News

TPAN Welcomes Christopher Clark as New CEO 2018-04-10 - ( Chicago, IL, April 10, 2018 ) — TPAN announces today that it has hired Christopher Clark to serve as the organization's Chief ...


Gay News

HRC Releases New Guide for HIV Prevention, Treatment, Care on Campuses 2018-04-10 - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ...


Gay News

Olympic Figure Skaters, including Adam Rippon, at AllState Arena April 29 2018-04-05 - ( Rosemont, IL ) — Adam Rippon will be among Olympic figure skaters appearing with the Stars on Ice Tour at AllState Arena ...


Gay News

Mayoral wager includes LGBT group 2018-03-30 - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a friendly wager with Ann Arbor, Michigan, Mayor Christopher Taylor on the outcome of the March 31 NCAA ...


Gay News

HIV study analyzes social media-based prevention strategies 2018-03-29 - Researchers from Cook County Health & Hospitals System ( CCHHS ) are investigating how social media can be used as a tool to ...


 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.