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27th Annual AIDS Walk New York Visits the NYSE

05/11/2012

The New York Stock Exchange hosts executives from this year’s AIDS Walk New York’s top corporate sponsors who will ring the Opening Bell to commence the ten-day countdown to the 27th annual AIDS Walk New York – the world’s largest AIDS fundraising event. In honor of the occasion, GMHC CEO Dr. Marjorie Hill rings The Opening BellSM.

 Watch the video of the ringing.

The landmark fundraising event will take place on Sunday, May 20, and will raise millions of dollars for GMHC—in its 30th year-and 41other important tri-state area AIDS service organizations. These vital funds allow GMHCand its community partners tocontinue providing 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.

AIDS Walk New York corporate support achieved yet a new record level this year, anchored by its Presenting Sponsor, New York drugstore chain Duane Reade, a subsidiary of Walgreens (NYSE: WAG).  As part of the partnership, Duane Reade is selling special $1 paper red-ribbon pinups in its more than 250 New York metropolitan area stores between April 9 and May 20.  The Duane Reade Foundation and the Duane Reade in-store pinup sales program have already raised more than $300,000 for this year’s AIDS Walk.  Duane Reade’s total sponsorship of AIDS Walk New York has already surpassed one million dollars as of this past year, which is yet another unprecedented milestone for the event.  
 
Premier Sponsors include Bristol-Myers Squibb and Delta Air Lines.  Grand Sponsors include Bloomberg, CBS 2, and Gap Inc.  Principal Sponsors are Barclays Capital, Stanley and Fiona Druckenmiller, and The Village Voice.  Additional guests at The Opening Bell will be present from AIDS Walk sponsors Deutsche Bank, Empire BlueCross Blue Shield, PepsiCo, PwC, Target, and UBS.

The 10k (6.2-mile) AIDS Walk route begins and ends in Central Park, and more than 45,000 participants are expected to attend. 

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.  For more information, please visit 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.