Fundraising fell short of the million-dollar goal, but organizers of the 2014 AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run are declaring victory for AID Atlanta and the six allied agencies that benefit from the event.
During the stirring day (view photos) in Piedmont Park back in October, AID Atlanta hinted that funds were inching toward the $1 million mark reached last year. In the end, some $944,132 was raised, a spokesperson for AID Atlanta tells Project Q. The tally includes monies for the headliner agency and by teams for AIDGwinnett/Ric Crawford Clinic, Aniz, Jerusalem House, Living Room, Open Hand and Positive Impact.
“We are grateful for the longtime community support around AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run,” says AID Atlanta CEO Dr. Jose Diaz-Rodriguez in a prepared statement. “The funds raised at this year’s event will help to continue the vital work supporting those in need in our community.”
The announcement comes just weeks after Diaz took sides and touted AID Atlanta’s plan to offer PrEP as an HIV infection preventative to agency clients. It also comes in the wake of continued reports that although progress has been made in the fight against HIV, just 30 percent of people with HIV have the virus in check, half of gay poz men aren't being treated at all, and half of all gay men don't even bother getting tested.