Events

EARLY REGISTRATION FOR 28TH ANNUAL RUN & WALK FOR AIDS
Popular Fundraiser is Scheduled for Saturday, November 9

SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio AIDS Foundation (SAAF) presents the 28th Annual Run & Walk for AIDS from 7-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 9, at Mission County Park, 6030 Padre Drive.

Early registration is now open for the popular family- and pet-friendly HIV/AIDS fundraiser.  Sign up at GetMeRegistered.com/RunandWalkforAIDS.  Fees are $25 for walkers and $30 for runners who sign up by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, November 4.  After the deadline, the fee is $30 for walkers and $35 for runners any time leading up to and on the day of the event.

“We encourage everyone to join us for this great family event for an even greater cause: the fight to end HIV/AIDS in San Antonio,” said SAAF CEO Cynthia Nelson.  “This is by far the city’s highest-profile HIV/AIDS fundraiser, providing much-needed support for SAAF’s client services, including case management, behavioral counseling, emergency financial assistance, free HIV testing, prevention education, outpatient medical care and our year-round hot meals program for HIV-positive people in the greater San Antonio area.  By raising awareness, we hope to stamp out stigma and empower people to know their HIV status.”

The event route begins and ends at Mission County Park, running alongside the scenic Mission Reach of the San Antonio River Walk.  All registrants will receive a participant packet containing the official event T-shirt, coupons and promo items.  They will also enjoy complimentary refreshments provided by several local vendors, information and activity booths, DJ music and more – all in a colorful, festival-like setting.

Contact SAAF’s Communications/Development Department at 210-225-4715, ext. 141, or visit www.SanAntonioAIDS.org for more information.

ABOUT THE SAN ANTONIO AIDS FOUNDATION

Founded in 1986, the San Antonio AIDS Foundation is the oldest and most far-reaching HIV/AIDS service organization in Bexar County. Its mission is to prevent the spread of HIV and provide comprehensive services to individuals affected by HIV/AIDS.  The foundation is located at 818 E. Grayson St.  For more information, visit www.SanAntonioAIDS.org or call Ken Slavin, chief advancement officer, at 225-4715, ext. 141.

Register for the Run & Walk for AIDS today: GetMeRegistered.com/RunandWalkforAIDS

Past Events

Desert Migration: Documentary Film Screening

The San Antonio AIDS Foundation (SAAF) hosted the first Texas community screening of “Desert Migration,” an award-winning documentary about the unique challenges faced by long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., Thursday, June 23, at the Santikos Bijou Cinema Bistro at Wonderland of the Americas Mall, 4522 Fredericksburg Road. Proceeds benefited SAAF and the local screening is timed to coincide with the 35th anniversary of the first official AIDS diagnoses in the United States. “Desert Migration” focuses on a group of gay men, all long-term HIV survivors, who sought refuge in Southern California’s Palm Springs. The film explores the physical, medical and emotional side effects of living with HIV – as well as the stigma that still exists in American society 35 years after AIDS was officially recognized as an epidemic in the United States and around the world.

First in Hope, First in Service: 30th Year of Service, Luncheon and Auction

From first-class silent and live auctions to the deeply moving keynote address by acclaimed AIDS and human rights activist Cleve Jones, “First in Hope, First in Service” reflected on the substantial impact SAAF has had on the health and welfare of the San Antonio community over the past three decades – and it was a chance to share our plans for the future as we work toward our ultimate goal of creating a city free of HIV. We were deeply honored that Mr. Jones agreed to be our keynote speaker. His work to fight HIV and AIDS, to end stigma and to demand the equal rights of LGBT people across our country is legendary. We are proud that he will be a part of our 30th anniversary and that he will share his experiences and insights with us as we continue our own fight against HIV and AIDS here in San Antonio.