Saturday’s Florida AIDS Walk & Music Festival on Track to Raise $1.5M

In Global Advocacy, Global Featured by Ged Kenslea

AHF’s 14th annual Florida AIDS Walk and Music Festival on March 23rd and set to nearly $1.5 million, will benefit 10 non-profits that provide HIV/AIDS services in South Florida, the nation’s epicenter for HIV. 

Fort Lauderdale (March 22, 2019) Multi Grammy award-winning, reggae artist Shaggy and the Queen of bounce music, Big Freedia will join an array of performers over the spring break holiday for the 2019 Florida AIDS Walk and Music Festival.  Scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, March 23rd at Fort Lauderdale’s South Beach Park, this annual event kicks off with a 5K walk culminating in a day-long music festival to raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS services throughout South Florida, the epicenter of HIV in the U.S. 

WHAT:             2019 Florida AIDS Walk & Music Festival

WHO:               Mayor Dean Trantalis, City of Fort Lauderdale

                        Michael Weinstein, President, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF)

                        Michael Kahane, AHF Southern Bureau Chief

                        Leadership of 10 non-profit benefiting organizations

                        Shaggy, Grammy award-winning artist

                        Big Freedia, award-winning artist

                        Thousands of local attendees

WHEN:             TOMORROW, Saturday, March 23, 2019                      

                        Registration Starts at 9:00am

Walk Starts at 10:00am

                        Concert starts at 11:00am

  • Shaggy performs 12noon – 1:00pm
  • The Struts performs 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Big Freedia performs 4:35pm – 5:35pm

                        Note:  Media avails with the artist will occur immediately following their performance

WHY:               Nationally, South Florida ranks #1 in new HIV diagnoses.  Funds raised from this event annually yield over $1 million and benefit 10 local non-profit organizations that are leading the fight against the local HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Presented by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest non-profit, global HIV/AIDS organization, the annual event attracts thousands of attendees from across the region.  Supported by an array of corporate partners including AHF Pharmacy, a national chain of pharmacies supporting US & global HIV care, and Wells Fargo, the Florida AIDS walk, annually raises over $1 million dollars in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  Now in its14th year, Florida AIDS Walk & Music Festival has become a highly anticipated event aimed at increasing South Florida’s awareness, prevention, and treatment efforts against the spread of HIV. 

Traditionally taking place as a Sunday morning 5K walk and concert, the 2019 event has been expanded to a full-day multi-faceted, music festival experience that will kick-off as walkers return back to the beach.  Joining the line-up with Shaggy and Big Freedia are a diverse array of performers including rock-and-roll sensation, The Struts, Grammy-nominated duo, Coastcity, and South Florida’s own Deep Fried Funk Band.  The event will be hosted by celebrity DJs Tracy Young and Alex Ferbeyre.  

Last year’s 2018 Florida AIDS Walk and Music Festival raised $2M for the local fight against HIV/AIDS. (Photo by Jesus Aranguren/Invision for AIDS Healthcare Foundation/AP Images)

“Given South Florida’s ranking nationally as the epicenter for HIV, we are pleased to present this annual event that both raises awareness about the HIV epidemic and significant dollars to support 10 respected local non-profit organizations that are embedded in the community and working to address this devastating epidemic throughout the region,” stated Michael Kahane, AHF Southern Bureau Chief. “We thank all of the amazing performers, corporate partners, team captains, individuals raising funds and the thousands of attendees, for their support.”

The event helps to remind the community that HIV/AIDS is still impacting our community by increasing the community’s awareness, education, and prevention efforts all with the objective of reducing the spread of HIV.  Organizations benefiting from the 2019 event include:










Registration for the walk & music festival is available at

Other event sponsors include: Cardinal Health, Ameritech Solutions, All In One Electric, Macy’s, TCGRx, Quest Diagnostics, CDW, iHeart Media and South Florida Gay News

HIV/AIDS in Florida:

According to recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

  • Florida ranked 1st among the 50 states in the number of HIV diagnoses;
  • Three Florida cities, made the top 15 cities nationally, when it comes to number of people with HIV. Miami is at the top of the list, with Jacksonville and Orlando at the tenth and 11th spots, respectively; and
  • Miami-Dade and Broward counties ranked top in the nation of new HIV diagnosis.

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