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Aunt Rita’s Foundation marks milestone as AIDS Walk Arizona approaches

Photo of AIDS Walk Arizona being held in Tempe
The organization is celebrating by marking another milestone in its history as well — for the 15th year, Aunt Rita’s Foundation will present AIDS Walk Arizona Festival and 5K, to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, at Tempe Beach Park.

AIDS Walk Arizona on March 25 helps support Aunt Rita’s mission

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Aunt Rita’s Foundation is marking its 35th anniversary as the ‘connector’ of the HIV community.

An organization that was born to cover friends’ rent, medical bills, and eventually funeral costs, has humbly – over the years – provided millions of dollars to programs working to end HIV in Arizona.

Last year alone, Aunt Rita’s funded over $474,000 toward the extinction of HIV/AIDS, according to a press release.

The organization is celebrating by marking another milestone in its history as well — for the 15th year, Aunt Rita’s Foundation will present AIDS Walk Arizona Festival and 5K, to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, at Tempe Beach Park.

Participants may sign up and form teams by visiting aidswalkaz.org.

This year’s theme is ‘Brand New Day,’ to remind us of how far we’ve come, the press release dates. All proceeds are disbursed to partner agencies to cover the costs of programs and services supported by Aunt Rita’s, proponents of the event report.

AIDS Walk Arizona is the largest gathering in Arizona to advance the cause of HIV & AIDS funding and awareness. The event elevates awareness and raises funds through an educational and fun community-wide event. It is the flagship event of the central Arizona HIV/AIDS community, catalyzing awareness, education and support.

Walkers in this event can register as an individual runner or walker, form a team at no extra cost, or donate to walkers and runners to help them reach their fundraising goal. All participants receive a commemorative T-shirt and top runners receive a custom-designed 35th anniversary medal.

“We’re thrilled to be celebrating our 35th anniversary as the leading voice in the HIV community in Arizona, and we could not have a better celebration than our 15th AIDS Walk Arizona,” said Jimmy Thomason, executive director of Aunt Rita’s Foundation, in a prepared statement.

“This is the largest event of its kind in Arizona and it is a great opportunity to mark the progress that has been made in the fight against HIV and AIDS as we remember those we have lost along the way, focus on how far we’ve come, and recognize that it’s a Brand New Day in the advancement of HIV/AIDS.”

The 2023 AIDS Walk Arizona is co-chaired by Tempe Mayor Corey Woods, prominent Valley civic leader Nicole Stanton, and Krtistopher Inez Onyx, nationwide entertainer and director of development for Phoenix Pride. Sponsorships are available by e-mailing auntrita@auntritas.org.

Participants may sign up and form teams by visiting aidswalkaz.org.

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