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MEDIA ADVISORY:
27th ANNUAL AIDS WALK
NEW YORK

WORLD'S LARGEST HIV/AIDS FUNDRAISING EVENT

WHAT:
27th annual AIDS Walk New York (AWNY)

WHEN:
Sunday, May 20, 2012

7:30 am  MEDIA CHECK-IN (at Loeb Boathouse Central Park): Please contact Krishna Stone/Kat Jawaharlal for press credentials.
9:00 am   AIDS WALK OPENING CEREMONY (at the stage next to Sheep Meadow)
10:00 am   AIDS WALK BEGINS: Walkers step out onto the route,through Central Park and the Upper West Side.
12:00 pm   POST-WALK CONCERT (at stage)
3:00 pm   ANNOUNCEMENT OF FUNDRAISING TOTAL (at stage)

WHO:
More than 45,000 participants are expected to attend. The landmark event benefits GMHC and 41 other local AIDS service organizations who provide food, housing, medical care, and much more to people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as vital prevention work that reaches hundreds of thousands throughout the tri-state area.

Confirmed celebrity guests include: Audra McDonald (Tony Award Winner), Keri Hilson (Grammy Award Winner), Barrett Foa (NCIS: Los Angeles), David Hyde Pierce (Emmy Award Winner), Dot-Marie Jones (Glee), Karlie Kloss (American Fashion Model), Michael Urie (Ugly Betty), Nick Jonas ("How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"), Jason Wu (Designer), Vincent Kartheiser ("Madmen"), Wendy Williams (The Wendy Williams Show)

Special musical performance by: Carolee Carmello (Sister Act), singing "You'll Never Walk Alone."

Political officials expected to attend include: New York State Senators Liz Krueger and Bill Perkins; New York State Assembly members Aravella Simotas, Micah Kellner, Herman D. Farrell, and Richard N. Gottfried; New York City Councilmember Gale A. Brewer; and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.

Marjorie J. Hill, PhD, CEO of GMHC, and Craig R. Miller, Founder/Producer of AIDSWalk New York, will address the crowd.

WHERE:
General Entrance to the event is on 59th and 5th Avenue. Venue map: aidswalk.net/newyork/eventinfo/maps.html

All media, including satellite vans and trucks, please enter Central Park at 5th Avenue and 72nd Street and follow the East Drive north to the parking lot of Loeb Boathouse Central Park. Posted signs will direct you to the Media Check-In table, which will be located in the Boathouse parking lot.  Parking is available near Media Check-In; however, you must call Krishna Stone (see number above) in advance to make any arrangements for parking or live feeds.

  • Best availability for photos and interviews: Backstage immediately following Opening Ceremony
  • Best aerial overhead shot: 10:15-10:45 am over west side of Central Park adjacent to West 67th Street

MORE:
Walk registration and donation information: For information about participating in or making a contribution to AIDS Walk New York, please call 212.807.9255 (WALK) or visit aidswalk.net/newyork .

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About GMHC
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.Our mission: GMHC fights to end the AIDS epidemic and uplift the lives of all affected. www.gmhc.org/

About AIDS Walk New York
Since 1986, AIDS Walk New York has raised more than $122 million for HIV programs and services in the tri-state area, and has grown into the largest AIDS fundraising event in the world. In 2011 alone, 45,000 participants, many of whom were members of more than 3,000 corporate and community teams, raised over $6.2 million for GMHC and 50 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 $350 million for major AIDS organizations throughout the country. For more information, please visit mzaevents.com .

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About GMHC
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. www.gmhc.org

Media Contact:
Krishna Stone | 212.367.1016

Source: GMHC


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