The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach has announced that it will relaunch AIDS Walk Long Beach on Nov. 5 in Bixby Park.
The walk was originally a program of The Center’s and then was a project of The Long Beach AIDS Foundation. Keeping a nearly 30-year tradition alive, the walk will raise awareness and support for local organizations giving services to people and communities impacted by HIV, according to The Center.
“With the threat of repeal of the Affordable Care Act and proposed reductions to federal HIV-prevention programs, AIDS Walk Long Beach is absolutely critical for our community,” said The Center Executive Director Porter Gilberg. “This event will once again help sustain our community with critical funding for organizations that provide healthcare, social support and other basic needs to people impacted by HIV.”
Organizers say that, as in years past, the walk itself will be one of the most scenic charity walks nationwide. Beginning with a rally featuring local leaders in historic Bixby Park and ending with a celebratory party at the Long Beach Museum of Art, participants will experience picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean along the 5K route, according to The Center.
Since 1989, AIDS Walk Long Beach has raised more than $2 million for dozens of Long Beach-based nonprofit organizations, according to The Center. With the relaunch, The Center seeks to serve as a catalyst for mobilizing the community to increase support for organizations facing funding cuts and reduced prevention efforts at the federal level. More than one dozen local organizations, including the C.A.R.E. Program at St. Mary Medical Center and the AIDS Food Store, have been invited to participate to increase support for their organizations. The Port of Long Beach is providing additional support for the walk.
“While we have made important strides towards reducing new HIV infections, budget cuts at the federal level coupled with disproportionate rates of new infections in some of our most marginalized communities makes this walk more important than ever,” said Ismael Salamanca, The Center’s director of Health and Wellness Services.
Individual and team registration, including early-bird discounted registration, is now open. Registration and sponsorship information is available at centerlb.org/aidswalklb.
Source: The Center