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posted Friday, October 1, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 40
2010 Seattle AIDS Walk a tremendous success
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2010 Seattle AIDS Walk a tremendous success

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On September 25, an estimated 4,500 supporters gathered at Seattle's Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill to support Lifelong AIDS Alliance and the 24th annual Seattle AIDS Walk & 5K Run. The Walk is Lifelong's largest annual event in support of their mission to care for people affected by HIV/AIDS.

As of press time, the rough projected estimate of raised funds is $445,000. Lifelong will not have a final number for several weeks.

'All of us at Lifelong wish to express our deep gratitude to the walkers, runners, volunteers, and sponsors for their part in making the 2010 Seattle AIDS Walk a success,' Amanda Madorno, interim executive director for Lifelong, told SGN. 'Proceeds from the walk directly impact our programs, and with this generosity and support, Lifelong will continue to serve the over 4,000 clients annually who depend on us.'

Madorno went on to say that planning is already underway for the 25th anniversary Seattle AIDS Walk & Run in 2011.

Margaret Larson, host of KING 5 television's New Day Northwest, was the official emcee of the event. Larson welcomed notable guests including State Attorney General Rob McKenna, Senator Ed Murray, Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Congressman Jim McDermott, and Representative Zack Hudgins.

Maurice James, president of the Lifelong AIDS Alliance Board of Directors, expressed his deep gratitude to Larson, honored guests, sponsors, and supporters for their generous outpouring of support. He also reminded attendees the fight against HIV/AIDS is far from over and encouraged supporters to give generously, volunteer vigorously, and educate every day so that Lifelong may continue doing the work the organization is committed to.

The Walk & Run officially kicked off at 10 a.m. with over 340 runners leading the way. The walkers were lead by AIDS Student Peer Educators at Newport (ASPEN) a group of students from Newport High School in Bellevue, and the largest monetary fundraising team at the walk.

After the walk, supporters returned to Volunteer Park for an afternoon of music, food, and massages.

"It's so important that we thank our supporters and the after party celebration provides us with an opportunity to do just that," said David Emerson, acting director of Events and Volunteer Programs at Lifelong. He said that donations and pledges are still being counted with additional pledges and corporate matching gifts expected.

In 2009, Lifelong's staff and volunteers prepared and delivered over 189,000 nutritious meals, packed and distributed over 45,000 grocery bags with protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, and assisted over 23,000 people who were not able to afford their health insurance premiums. Additionally, Lifelong's education and prevention messaging reached over 233,000 individuals in high-risk populations. All of that work would not be made possible without the proceeds raised from the Seattle AIDS Walk & 5K Run.

For more information about Lifelong AIDS Alliance, visit www.llaa.org. For more information on the Seattle AIDS Walk, visit www.SeattleAIDSWalk.org.

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