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$46,000+ Raised for AIDS Walk New York


Team GFL/NY NOW at the AIDS Walk NY starting line on May 19, 2024. Front Row (L-R): Caroline (Keb) Kennedy, Shayna Ventricelli, Amy Loewenberg, Annmarie Sumski. Back Row (L-R): Carolyn Geremia, Kate Duff, Bill McCue, Terese Affolter, Sally Fisher, Matthew Mathiasen, Karalynn Sprouse and Sandra Kehoe.

May 23, 2024 — The 16 members of Team GFL/NY NOW have raised $46,457 for AIDS Walk NY, and currently are ranked third overall in team fundraising for the 39th annual event, which was held on Sunday, May 19, in New York City’s Central Park

 

AIDS Walk New York is the world’s largest and most visible annual HIV/AIDS fundraising event. To date, some 10,000+ participants in the 2024 event have raised $1,872,909 benefitting GMHC and other tri-state area HIV and AIDS services organizations.


" I couldn't be prouder of this year's team who pulled out all the stops to raise more than $46k,” said team co-captain Caroline (Keb) Kennedy. “We had a great walk – full of team spirit and great weather. Our grateful thanks to everyone who has supported our efforts to raise money for this important cause”

 

2024 marks the 12th consecutive year that Gift for Life has fielded an AIDS Walk NY team. The 16 participants this year included both in-person participants in New York City as well as remote participants across the United States.

 

Former Gift for Life chair, Matthew Katzenson, not only led the team in fundraising with $13,445 donated by friends and family, but also was one of the event’s overall top fundraisers. Other Gift for Life/NY NOW “Star Walkers” who raised $1,000+ were Caroline Kennedy, Kate Duff, Kelly Bristol, Amy Loewenberg, Su Hilty, Bill McCue, Sally Fisher, Caroline Geremia and the Schmook Family.

 

Donations are accepted through month-end at https://gmhc.aidswalkny.org/team/556203.   

Gift for Life was founded by Peter Schauben in 1992 in response to the tragic loss of industry lives to AIDS. The organization’s first meeting at the National Stationery Show brought together a cross-section of the industry’s leading publishers, market centers, sales reps, manufacturers, and retailers – all willing to convene and work together towards a common goal. Since that time, Gift for Life has raised nearly $6 million for AIDS research, education, treatment and care through nationwide at-market events, cause marketing programs and direct donations. In 2021, Gift for Life pivoted towards online digital events with a specific emphasis on supporting World Central Kitchen’s COVID-related hunger relief. Since that time, Gift for Life has led gift and home industry efforts to fund provision of nearly 100,000 hot, nutritious meals to communities impacted by crisis and conflict worldwide. Gift for Life, the gift and home industries’ longest-running, volunteer-led, national charitable organization, continues to support year-round programs that address hunger relief, as well as annual support for AIDS Walk NY which benefits GMHC’s HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and advocacy programs. More information is available at www.giftforlife.org

ABOUT AIDS Walk New York and GMHC

AIDS Walk New York is the world’s largest and most visible single-day AIDS fundraising event in the world. In its over 30 years, the event has inspired nearly 900,000 people to walk and millions more to donate, raising nearly $157 million to combat HIV and AIDS. Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the primary beneficiary of AIDS Walk New York, is the nation’s leading provider of HIV/AIDS care, prevention services, and advocacy, serving thousands of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in New York City, the epidemic’s largest U.S. epicenter. The event also supports other tri-state AIDS service, social justice and/or public health organizations through the Community Partnership Program (CPP).  For information, visit https://gmhc.aidswalkny.org and gmhc.org.

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