Lace up those walking (or running) shoes because the 2013 Nashville AIDS Walk stomps down to Riverfront Park on Saturday October 5.
The event is Tennessee’s oldest continuously running AIDS fundraiser. Entering into its 22nd year, the Nashville AIDS Walk is one of the city’s highest profile events and with an expected 2,500+ participants hopes to raise over $200,000.
Earlier this year, Nashville CARES announced Tipper Gore and Lelan Statom as the Honorary Chairs for 2013 Nashville AIDS Walk.
Throughout her many years of public service, Tipper Gore has shared her warmth, charm and infectious energy, and used her unique position and perspective to advocate on issues of mental health, homelessness, equal rights and HIV/AIDS. In 1993, Tipper led the AIDS Walk in Washington DC, making her one of the highest ranking government official to participate in an event that specifically addressed HIV/AIDS at that time.
“The face of HIV/AIDS has evolved dramatically over the years, but the fact remains that there is still a need for the important work that organizations like Nashville CARES are doing every day. I encourage everyone to raise money and walk to support an end to AIDS,” said Gore.
Lelan Statom is an Emmy Award winning meteorologist who has been helping Mid-Southerners start their day for more than 15 years. “I saw firsthand what AIDS can do to a person when a high school classmate passed in the early 90s. Since then, a lot has happened with research to help people, but there's still a lot that needs to be done. I hope many people will walk to raise more dollars to help more people through AIDS research,” said Statom.
Entertainment for the 2013 Nashville AIDS Walk will be provided by Nashville resident, Tiffany. The multi-platinum recording artists and 80s icon, known for such hits as "I Think We're Alone Now" and "Chances Are," recently opened a boutique clothing store in Metro Nashville.
The 2013 Nashville AIDS Walk and 5K Run will be held at Riverfront Park and is proudly presented by Nashville Pharmacy Services. The “timed” 5K is a new addition to the event this year and will commence simultaneously with the walk. Registration for the event will begin at 10 a.m. with the Walk/5K Run festivities kicking off at 11 a.m..
The 2013 Nashville AIDS Walk will help further Nashville CARES’ mission of offering a comprehensive and compassionate response to HIV/AIDS in Middle Tennessee. Nashville CARES’ purpose is to educate the community for increased understanding and prevention of HIV transmission, to advocate for responsible public policy, and to provide services that improve the quality of life for people with HIV AIDS and their families.
Last year, Nashville CARES educated more than 11,000 teenagers about HIV prevention, provided more than 120,000 meals to 1,400 people with HIV/AIDS, educated more than 30,000 LGBT individuals about HIV and paid $350,000 in mortgage, rent and utility bills.
To learn more, visit Nashville CARES online and “like” their Facebook page.