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AIDS Walk SF in the News

Posted by jewsnextdor on July 16, 2008

Team Jews’ Next Dor is gearing up for AIDS Walk SF this Sunday, July 20, 2008. Thanks to everyone who’s sponsored our walkers, you can still do so on our team page. Or join us Sunday morning, at Golden Gate Park, Sharon Meadow. Check in as a walker at 9am then join us at our team table.

Here’s a bit about this year’s walk that was in the recent news.

Reuters: AIDS Walk San Francisco Takes Big Green Step Forward

KRON 4: AIDS Walk San Francisco Boosts Number of Teams and Benefiting Agencies

From Reuters

AIDS Walk San Francisco Takes Big Green Step Forward

San Francisco's Largest AIDS Fundraising Event Goes GREEN with Online
Communications, Recycling and Awareness

SAN FRANCISCO, July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The San Francisco AIDS Foundation
and AIDS Walk San Francisco announced today key initiatives to 'Green' the HIV
fundraising event that is already a San Francisco institution. The initiatives
include the introduction of Green Walkers, composting, and enhanced recycling.
    "With the Foundation's focus on the overall health of our community, as
well as our commitment to preventing new HIV infections, 'greening' AIDS Walk
made great sense," said Mark Cloutier, Chief Executive Officer of the San
Francisco AIDS Foundation. "Every person who participates will walk towards a
future where people and our shared environment are both healthier."
    The Green Walker program recognizes those participants who opt-out of
printed/mailed materials. This not only saves precious resources, but reduces
costs, yielding more fundraising dollars for HIV/AIDS services. Online
fundraising has been growing in recent years, but tying it to the environment
is something new. On the morning of AIDS Walk San Francisco, Green Walkers
will be recognized by a green-ribbon participant button and will be able to
use a streamlined Green Walker sign-in and awards area.
    "As one of the largest, most visible and most diverse public events in San
Francisco, and as a leader among fundraising events of any kind world-wide, we
recognize the importance of preserving the environment while working to
eradicate HIV/AIDS," said Craig R. Miller, President of MZA Events and
Producer of AIDS Walk San Francisco.
    AIDS Walk San Francisco was already working to strengthen its 'green'
framework as the City of San Francisco announced its new waste reduction
policies. "My administration remains dedicated to maintaining San Francisco's
place as one of America's greenest cities," said Mayor Gavin Newsom. "This
means moving beyond mere goals into meaningful action as exampled by AIDS Walk
San Francisco's Green Walker Program. I commend AIDS Walk San Francisco for
its invaluable contribution toward San Francisco's commitment to a 75 percent
recycling rate by 2010." This year, AIDS Walk San Francisco hopes to use
recycling and compost receptacles and an electronic 'green' sign-in to reduce
80 percent of waste.
    "We continue to see that our most successful participants are using our
web-based fundraising tools to expand their outreach and raise more money,"
said Serafina Palandech, AIDS Walk San Francisco Event Director. "With the
Green Walker Program, we can both encourage fundraising and help the
environment."
    The 2008 AIDS Walk San Francisco, to be held Sunday, July 20th, traverses
Golden Gate Park on a 10K (6.2 mile) route. Organizers are looking to consume
less and recycle more as they support the walkers on their journey. "From
product selection, to packing, to distribution, to disposal, we provide more
than 150,000 servings of donated food and beverage," said Colin A. Weil, MZA's
Chief Operating Officer. "We're working with our in-kind sponsors, including
PepsiCo, Safeway and Green Growers, to deliver product via low-resource
utilization methods. Zipcar, a new sponsor this year, promotes a car-sharing
lifestyle rather than owning or renting vehicles. Zipcar has provided many of
the vehicles AIDS Walk will use this year."
    Keeping the Golden Gate Park route pristine will be no easy task, but with
the support of in-kind donors such as the Conservation Corps and Norcal Waste
Systems, the prospect is an exciting one. "AIDS Walk has the opportunity to be
a green leader for events in San Francisco," said Donnie Olivera, Special
Events Coordinator at Conservation Corps. "That's why this event is so great,
for its ability to involve so many people in this sea-change. When an event
like this succeeds, big ideas stick."
    About AIDS Walk San Francisco: Since 1987, AIDS Walk San Francisco has
raised nearly $65 million for HIV programs and services in the Bay Area, and
has grown into one of the largest AIDS fundraising event in the world. In 2007
alone, 25,000 participants, many of whom were members of 800 corporate and
community teams, raised a record sum of more than $4.6 million for the San
Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) and 42 other Bay Area AIDS service
organizations. For more information, visit www.aidswalk.net.

From KRON 4

AIDS Walk San Francisco Boosts Number of Teams and Benefiting Agencies

Enthusiasm for event grows in the face of widespread budget cuts for Bay Area HIV/AIDS service organizations.

SAN FRANCISCO, July 2 /PRNewswire/ — The San Francisco AIDS Foundation and AIDS Walk San Francisco announced today that the number of Bay Area HIV/AIDS service organizations benefiting from the 22nd annual AIDS Walk in Golden Gate Park, July 20th, will expand from 42 to more than 50, and the Community Partnership Program (CPP) teams will nearly double from 15 to 28.

“AIDS Walk San Francisco has never been so important,” said Mark Cloutier, Chief Executive Officer of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. He cited the fact that more people in the Bay Area are living with HIV than ever before, including nearly 19,000 in San Francisco alone. Nonetheless, almost all local AIDS service organizations are facing cuts in government funding at all levels.

Last year, AIDS Walk San Francisco’s more than 25,000 participants raised a record $4.6 million in support of the Foundation and other Bay Area HIV/AIDS service organizations. The CPP Program was launched in 2005 as a means of increasing the reach of AIDS Walk proceeds throughout the Bay Area counties. The program has been growing each year.

“The San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s continued expansion of the CPP program is a testament to the agency’s leadership and proof of its mission,” said Craig R. Miller, President of MZA Events and Founder and Producer of AIDS Walk San Francisco. “With budget cuts looming and a challenging economy, expanding the scope of the AIDS Walk and sharing the fundraising engine forged through 22 years of success is a great opportunity for the entire Bay Area HIV/AIDS community.”

“This year, walkers can support more of these deserving agencies than ever. And by joining a Community Partnership Program team, participants can protect the services they care about most,” Cloutier said. “CPP makes their walk even more meaningful.”

Besides the CPP teams who walk and raise money directly for their agencies, each year SFAF makes direct grants through the Horizons Foundation to HIV/AIDS service organizations, many who do not have fundraising teams.

Last year, the Oakland-based Women Organized to Respond to Life Threatening Disease (WORLD) more than matched its $15,000 AIDS Walk grant with Community Partnership Program team fundraising.

“The CPP has been an enormous opportunity for our organization to increase our fundraising capacity,” said Maura Riordan, WORLD’s Executive Director. “We have been able to let our community of supporters know that 100 percent of money pledged to eligible walkers comes directly to WORLD. I don’t know of any other event that allows us to maximize our earnings in this way. Since the CPP program has been in place, we have quadrupled our pledges.”

Other CPP teams include San Francisco’s Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center, San Jose’s Billy DeFrank Community Center, Oakland’s Flowers Heritage Foundation, the Bay Area’s AIDS Legal Referral Panel, Get Screened Oakland, Shanti, Project Inform, Project Open Hand, and the Black Coalition on AIDS.

Lyon-Martin Health Services Executive Director Teri McGinnis noted that, because of her agency’s new team, the number of Lyon-Martin friends and supporters registering for AIDS Walk 2008 has already more than doubled since 2007.

“AIDS Walk San Francisco does so much more than provide essential funds,” Cloutier said. “The Walk provides hope at such a critical moment in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Together, we can — in fact we must — reduce and one day end new HIV infections.”

About AIDS Walk San Francisco: Since 1987, AIDS Walk San Francisco has raised nearly $65 million for HIV programs and services in the Bay Area, and has grown into one of the largest AIDS fundraising event in the world.

About San Francisco AIDS Foundation: The San Francisco AIDS Foundation provides leadership to prevent new HIV infections. Linking community experience with science, the Foundation develops ground-breaking prevention programs and bold policy initiatives to promote health and create sustainable progress against HIV. Established in 1982, the Foundation refuses to accept that HIV transmission is inevitable. For more information, visit www.sfaf.org.

About MZA Events: AIDS Walk San Francisco was founded in 1987 by Craig R. Miller and his organization of activists, MZA Events. Miller is the originator of the AIDS Walk fundraising model and has raised more than $300 million for leading AIDS charities nationwide. Miller and MZA have produced this landmark event every summer for the past 21 years. For more information, visit www.mzaevents.com.

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One Response to “AIDS Walk SF in the News”

  1. […] AIDS Walk SF in the NewsSan Francisco's Largest AIDS Fundraising Event Goes GREEN with Online Communications, Recycling and Awareness SAN FRANCISCO, July 7 /PRNewswire/ — The San Francisco AIDS Foundation and AIDS Walk San Francisco announced today key … […]

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