SAAF Marks 25 Years of Walking to Fight Against HIV & AIDS

October 9, 2013


SAAF at the 2012 Tucson Meet Yourself.

SAAF at the 2012 Tucson Meet Yourself.

The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF)’s largest annual fundraising event, AIDSWALK, will take place Sunday October 13, 2013. Registration opens at 7:00am with the 10K Fun Run kicking off at 7:30am and the Walk beginning at 8:00am. AIDSWALK will take place in Downtown Tucson, on Jacome Plaza, in front of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library. This year marks AIDSWALK’s 25th anniversary.

This is the second year that SAAF has teamed up with Tucson Meet Yourself (TMY) for AIDSWALK. TMY, celebrating its 40th anniversary, is a 4-day arts, culture, and music festival that draws over 100,000 people to Downtown Tucson every year. SAAF’s collaboration with TMY helps to maximize the exposure for AIDSWALK while saving both non-profit organizations on the costs of venue rental, permits, and other items.


AIDS ribbon on display Downtown at Tucson Meet Yourself.

One of the highlights of this year’s AIDSWALK will be opening remarks from AIDSWALK 2013 Honorary Chair Stuart Milk. Stuart Milk is an international human rights activist, LGBT rights speaker, government relations consultant, and youth advocate. He is the co-founder and Board President of the all-volunteer Harvey Milk Foundation. As the nephew of Harvey Milk, the iconic civil rights leader, Stuart has taken his uncle’s message of authenticity, example of courage, and the power of collaboration onto the global stage supporting local, regional, and national human rights struggles and emerging LGBT communities on five continents.

Other highlights will include the Quilt Opening Ceremony which will feature both local quilts as well as panels from the National AIDS Memorial Quilt; Performances by Reveille Men’s Chorus; A special pre-Walk warm up from musicians Richard Noel & Ally Burnette; and AIDS Ribbon Tucson, curated by Jeffrey Scott Brown. AIDS Ribbon Tucson is an interactive public art installation in memory of those lost to AIDS as well as HIV-positive people worldwide who have died of other causes. There will be an artist on-site daily, at work setting up and creating the iconic symbol of AIDS awareness. Guests who have lost someone to HIV/AIDS are invited to add a message and name(s) on to the 130-foot long red fabric Memorial.

This year’s goal is to raise $161,500 at AIDSWALK and we expect to see more than 2,000 people come out and show their support for continuing the fight against HIV & AIDS in our community. SAAF’s corporate sponsors insure that every dollar raised by our Walkers go back to fund the vital programs and services of SAAF.

For more information about the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation and AIDSWALK Tucson, visit www.saaf.org.