Congresswoman Donna Shalala has been chosen to serve as master of ceremonies of Care Resource’s 31stannual AIDS Walk Miami 5K walk-a-thon fundraiser on Sunday, April 28, at Soundscape Park, 500 17th St., Miami Beach.
Registration, check-in and opening ceremonies begin at 8 a.m. The walk begins at 9 a.m. The post-walk celebration begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at noon. During the post-walk ceremony, a community health fair with a variety of activities including free wellness screenings, HIV testing, carnival games, giveaways and dozens of booths with information about available medical and support resources is available for attendees.
AIDS Walk Miami is South Florida’s oldest fundraising event in making an impact in the fight against HIV/AIDS. It funds supportive services at Care Resource designed to stabilize and empower clients living with or affected by HIV, including guiding clients through referral and monitoring programs, connecting them with HIV specialists in various fields of medicine/prevention education and providing vouchers for transportation, food, rent and utility assistance.
Shalala represents Florida’s 27thCongressional District and served as the United States secretary of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton, as well as the president of the University of Miami and the president of the Clinton Foundation.
“It is an honor to serve as the master of ceremonies for AIDS Walk Miami,” Shalala said. “Advances in treatment and new prevention strategies have now made ‘Getting to Zero’ - zero new infections, zero deaths, zero stigma - an achievable goal! Getting to zero still requires the efforts of everybody. Let’s make an impact together.”
AIDS Walk Miami follows a course through Lincoln Road Mall, the South Beach residential neighborhood, the Washington Avenue business district, Lummus Park’s serpentine pathway along Ocean Drive and the Ocean boardwalk. The Walk begins and ends at Soundscape Park located at 17th Street between Washington and Drexel Avenues. AIDS Walk Miami is a pet-friendly event. Pet-friendly registration tables are located just outside the entrance of the New World Symphony.
Parking is available at the city parking garages and on surface streets and lots in the immediate vicinity. The three garages closest to the event are: New World Center garage located at Pennsylvania Avenue and Lincoln Lane North, City Hall garage located just behind City Hall at 1755 Meridian and the 17th Street Garage located at 640 17th Street.
Those interested in participating in a fundraising capacity are encouraged to go to AIDS Walk Miami’s website for directions and suggestions on how to build a team or fundraise as a solo walker. AIDS Walk Miami requires a minimum registration fee of $25 for each participant.
Participants are eligible for awards and prizes for exceptional fundraising efforts. If you are not able to attend the actual event, you can still raise money for the organization by becoming a “sleep walker.” Sleep walkers pay a $25 registration fee and are able to use all of the fundraising tools on the AIDS Walk website and are eligible to receive the same benefits as a general walker. Sleep walkers must raise a minimum of $75 no later than April 26 in order to receive a commemorative T-shirt by mail.
For more information, go to AIDSwalkmiami.org.
Sunday, April 28,
8 a.m. – Registration and opening ceremonies
9 a.m. – Walk begins
Soundscape Park, 500 17th St., Miami Beach