NEW YORK CITY, NY (May 19, 2013) – In 1986 the GMHC, a charity devoted to AIDS research and prevention, launched their first annual fundraising event: A 10K walk through New York City. Today, the event attracts thousands of patrons who walk through much of Central Park. What was once a small event to generate awareness of the AIDS epidemic has evolved into a massive culmination of survivors, supporters and medical professionals.
The Publicis Groupe employee resource network for LGBT employees and their allies, Égalité, participated in this year’s AIDS Walk New York with a team of roughly 100 employees raising money and 40 walking. Collectively they raised $19,420 for GMHC and braved a day-long rain storm during the walk. Égalité and other Publicis employees who participated continued the rich tradition of service held by the Publicis Groupe.
Since 1986 almost 900,000 people have walked, raising an astounding 128 million dollars in support of GMHC, which is now one of the largest AIDS service organizations in existence. The 28th annual AIDS Walk New York brought a massive crowd of 30,000 brave participants to Central Park in the non-stop rain. Dozens of corporate sponsors, hundreds of corporate teams, and tens of thousands of individual walkers collectively raised over 5.5 million dollars and online donations of roughly 4.4 million for the fight against HIV/AIDS.
“At the first AIDS Walk New York, thousands of visionary men and women, some of whom are still working with us today, came together as a community to change the course of the epidemic,” said Craig R. Miller, AIDS Walk New York Founder and Senior Organizer. “Through this effort, we have done just that, and the end of AIDS is now within our grasp. Today’s incredible turnout and fundraising result of $5,504,281 tells me the AIDS Walk New York community of today is as committed as ever to supporting GMHC and to giving rise to a generation free from HIV.”
The AIDS Walk New York is currently the largest AIDS fundraising event in the world. To get involved or donate today click here.
GMHC is a not-for-profit, volunteer-supported, and community-based organization committed to national leadership in the fight against AIDS. We provide prevention and care services to men, women, and families that are living with, or affected by, HIV/AIDS in New York City. We advocate for scientific, evidence-based public health solutions for hundreds of thousands worldwide. For more information, please visit gmhc.org.
About AIDS Walk New York
Since 1986, AIDS Walk New York has raised more than $133 million for HIV programs and services in the tri-state area, and has grown into the largest AIDS fundraising event in the world. In 2013 alone, 30,000 participants, many of whom were members of more than 3,000 corporate and community teams, raised over $5.5 million for GMHC and 40 other tri-state area AIDS service organizations. For more information, please visit aidswalk.net/newyork.
About MZA Events
AIDS Walk New York was founded in 1986 by Craig R. Miller and his organization of activists, MZA Events. Miller is the AIDS Walk originator and has produced hundreds of public service campaigns and fundraising events, generating more than $373 million for major AIDS organizations throughout the country. For more information, please visit mzaevents.com.
About Publicis Groupe
Publicis Groupe is one of the world’s leading communications groups. We offer the full range of services and skills: Digital (DigitasLBi, Razorfish, Rosetta, VivaKi), creative services (BBH, Leo Burnett, Publicis Worldwide, Saatchi & Saatchi), public affairs, corporate communications and events (MSLGROUP), media strategy, planning and buying (Starcom MediaVest Group and ZenithOptimedia) and healthcare communications, with Publicis Healthcare Communications Group (PHCG). Present in 108 countries, the Groupe employs 58,000 professionals.