With the generous support of Councilwoman Carolyn Davis of District 7, Walgreens, Baylor’s Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute, CW33, Avita Drugs, Metropolitan Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Thompson Fine Arts Inc., Hilton Anatole, Merck Pharmaceuticals, K104, Smooth R&B 105.7 and others, this year’s walk held March 24, 2012 welcomed over 200 registered walkers and almost 500 attendees. “Truly a success for the community and all those impacted by HIV/AIDS, “said, Auntjuan Wiley, Founder and Chair of AIDS Walk South Dallas.
This year’s lead organization C.U.R.E., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2007 by Rosemarie Odom and Roseann Rossetti whose mission is to combat the continuing risks and stigma associated with HIV/AIDS. Their strong association with The Names Project Foundation has afforded them the opportunity to reach out to other nonprofit agencies, corporations, churches, and all community organizations to exhibit the internationally recognized AIDS Memorial Quilt. The AIDS Memorial Quilt is an integral part of C.U.R.E.’s mission and is a visual reminder that this virus is not a disease of another era but still is and has been infecting generations of people. “We are so honored and excited to be partnering with Mr. Wiley and AIDS Walk South Dallas for this extraordinary event,” said Roseann Rossetti, Co-Founder and President of C.U.R.E.
Hosted by Ashley Roberts of CW33 and Phill Wilson, CEO and Founder of The Black AIDS Institute leading as ambassador, this year’s walk truly created a movement to further educate on HIV/AIDS awareness, reduce transmissions, and more importantly eliminate stigmas associated with this dreadful, but preventable disease. “This is not just a walk for the cause; it’s a movement to cure”, said Auntjuan Wiley, who has already begun working around the clock in an effort to gain exposure and excitement about this remarkable opportunity once again. “Until There’s A Cure” is his motto in making this event successful.
Our newest partner and host for AIDS Walk South Dallas 2013 is the historical St. Philip’s School and Community Center located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The 2.1 mile walk’s route will begin at Pennsylvania and Julius Schepps Freeway continuing through other historical areas of South Dallas and winding back to St. Philips. Registration begins at 8:00 AM and the walk starts at 10:00 AM. Live entertainment and fun activities courtesy of community partners will headline the closing ceremonies. Registration is available now for walkers, vendors, nonprofits and community based organizations at www.aidswalksouthdallas2013.eventbrite.com. All donations raised will be granted to AIDS Service Organizations and Community Based Organizations providing direct and/or indirect services to people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
For more information about AIDS Walk South Dallas, C.U.R.E. or St. Philip’s School and Community Center, please visit www.aidswalksouthdallas.com . Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are also available now.