Thousands raise money to fight HIV during AIDS Walk Atlanta

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The 29th Annual AIDS Walk Atlanta & Music Festival raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for 11 local non-profits battling the city’s HIV epidemic.

The event on Sunday in Piedmont Park raised about $680,000 of a $750,000 goal as of Tuesday, according to the event website. Donations will be accepted through Oct. 31.

The top fundraising teams (for the second year in a row) were Positive Impact Health Centers ($69,000), AID Atlanta ($57,000) and Jerusalem House ($28,000). The top fundraising individuals were Christopher Evans ($11,500), Jerry Suarez ($9,800) and Matthew Kent ($7,600).

Andrew Lowndes finished first in the 5K run with a time of 19:27. Chloe Donegan was the overall female winner with a time of 24:01. View the full race results.

LGBTQ bartenders battled it out to raise money for the event in early September. Meanwhile, the event’s ambassadors and longtime walkers spoke up about why they walk. Event organizers toasted their VIP supporters with a “Cabaret & Cabernet” event on Sept. 25 in Midtown.

Photos by Russ Youngblood

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