On Sunday September 24th the 28-year old event returns to its downtown roots after over a decade in Audubon Park.
NEW ORLEANS—CrescentCare’s 28th annual NO/AIDS Walk presented by Chevron and co-sponsor Avita Pharmacy will take place for the first time at Crescent Park on September 24. The event has been at Audubon Park for more than ten years.
The Festival for Life, a family event catered by Louisiana Pizza Kitchen-Uptown, will follow the Walk and feature over twenty local vendors. Christopher Leonard, Special Events Coordinator for CrescentCare says of the event:
“The Walk is a true community effort. Everyone pitches in, including sponsors, volunteers, staff, vendors, and so many more contributors. It’s a display of the community’s commitment to ending the AIDS epidemic.”
CrescentCare is constructing a new health center in the 8th Ward just down Elysian Fields Avenue from the entrance to Crescent Park. This move is aimed at raising awareness in the nearby neighborhoods that great things are soon to come, in addition to its traditional purpose: raising awareness and funds for vital HIV and AIDS-related treatment and programs.
“The choice to move back downtown was an easy one—the park is beautiful, the event space meets all of our needs, and most importantly it’s situated in the neighborhood we’ll soon be serving with our new community health center. It gives our current and future clients an opportunity to engage in activities outside of the service setting, which is very rewarding for us. Plus, it’s the neighborhood where the agency started!” says Rodney Thoulion, Director of Development at CrescentCare.
“At the Chevron NO/AIDS Walk, people from all walks of life come together to raise awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS,” said Leah Brown, Public Affairs Manager for Chevron’s Gulf of Mexico Business Unit. “We’re proud to once again support this race, proud to partner with the CrescentCare NO/AIDS Task Force as they work to provide hope, compassion and care to thousands of men, women and families affected by HIV and AIDS.”
Entertainment for the event will include 5-Finger Discount and the New Orleans Gay Men’s Chorus. Children will have a unique opportunity to hear favorite stories unforgettably rendered during Drag Queen Story Hour featuring Vanessa Carr Kennedy.
For those individuals who want to participate but who haven’t dusted off their walking shoes in a while, there will be a group warmup led by Chevron and featuring the Disco Amigos dance troupe. At the conclusion of the walk, awards will be given for highest raiser and other accolades, both on and off the walking path.
For more information or to register a team and fundraise for valuable AIDS & HIV-related services at CrescentCare, visit www.noaidswalk.com.
Additional support for the NO/AIDS Walk is provided by sponsors Capital One Bank, Goldring Family Foundation, Corporate Realty, Louisiana Pizza Kitchen, Ochsner, Dow, Intermarine, Macy’s, TJMaxx, Gambit, NOLA Media Group, Event Restroom, and Ambush Weekly.
WHO: CrescentCare WHERE: Crescent Park, Elysian Fields Entrance WHEN: Sunday, September 24, 8am