ATLANTA (September 24, 2019) – A diverse array of award-winning recording artists will join AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the world’s largest nonprofit, global health organization addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic, for the 29th annual AIDS Walk & Music Festival in Atlanta, GA. Scheduled for Sunday, September 29, 2019 at Piedmont Park, in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, the annual walk has become one of the region’s most anticipated outdoor, charity fundraising events, with a goal of raising $750,000 dollars to support local HIV/AIDS services.
Scheduled to begin at 11:00 am, Sunday’s event starts with a 5K run and walk, culminating with a concert event featuring a dynamic list of performers including Amara La Negra, rock ‘n’ roll guitarist Grace Gibson, R&B sensation Eric Bellinger, three-time Grammy-nominated, soul-induced artist Raheem DeVaughn and Atlanta’s own Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum artist, Monica. The festival event will also include food trucks, vendors, HIV/AIDS education and awareness resources and rapid, free, confidential HIV testing. Several hundred panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, the world’s largest folk arts exhibition, will also be displayed to honor many individuals that died from AIDS and to serve as a reminder that more research, education and awareness is still needed to address the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Presented by Delta Airlines and AHF Pharmacy, the annual event, formerly known as the Atlanta AIDS Walk & 5K Run, is the Southeast region’s largest community fundraiser and awareness event for HIV/AIDS. Attracting thousands of attendees from across the region, funds raised will benefit 10 deserving AIDS-service organizations in the local Atlanta community. To further support the work of each beneficiary, AHF will match, dollar for dollar, all funds raised by each organization. The benefitting organizations include:
- AID Atlanta
- Aniz, Inc.
- Center for Pan-Asian Community Services
- Jerusalem House
- National AIDS Education and Services for Minorities (NAESM)
- The NAMES Project Foundation
- Project Open Hand
- Positive Impact Health Centers
- Someone Cares
- Thrive SS
To learn more about the event or to register go to aidswalkatlanta.com. Starting at 10:00 am on Sunday, on-site registration will also be available.
WHAT: 29th Annual Atlanta AIDS Walk & Music Festival presented by AHF Pharmacy, Delta Air Lines
WHEN: Sunday, September 29, 2019
|10:00 am||Walker, Runner, Virtual Walker Check-In open|
|11:00 am||Opening-Ceremony Concert & Warm Up|
|11:30 am||5K Run Start|
|11:45 am||AIDS Walk Begins|
|2:00 pm – 4:00 pm||Musical Celebration|
WHERE: The Meadow @ Piedmont Park
WHO: Grammy award-winning artist Monica
Soul-induced artist Raheem DeVaughn
Rock ‘n’ Roll guitarist Grace Gibson
R&B sensation Eric Bellinger
Neo-Soul vocalist Amara La Negra
Representatives from local AIDS service organizations in metro Atlanta
Local metro area dignitaries and elected officials
Thousands of attendees from across the metro area
NOTE TO MEDIA: Media credentials can be obtained on-site at the media check-in table starting at 10am on Sunday, September 29th
HIV/AIDS in Georgia:
According to recent statistics from the Georgia Department of Public Health:
- Georgia ranks #2 among the 50 states in the total number of adolescents and adults diagnosed with HIV;
- Metro Atlanta ranks #1 in the state in the number of new HIV diagnosis; and
- African Americans and Latinos are the most impacted by new HIV diagnosis.
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- Imara Canady, National Director, Communications & Community Engagement, AHF
Phone: 954-952-0258/Email: [email protected]