AIDS WALK SF 2020
I hope this email finds you thriving and in good health during this very challenging time in our country’s history. The Covid-19 pandemic mirrors many of the feelings some of us experienced when AIDS was raging, unchecked through our communities decades ago. These feelings can be terrifying and totally overwhelming to some high-risk communities. State mandates to self-quarantine are causing many folks to feel isolated, contributing to heightened anxiety and emotional distress resulting in higher incidences of substance use relapse followed by increasing rates of HIV. We are in a critical health crisis and the lifesaving work we do at the Castro Country Club is more urgent now than ever.
My hope is that you will join me in making a difference in helping those who suffer. I am excited to announce that I will be raising awareness and money again this year to fund AIDS research and HIV prevention. As a long-term survivor living with HIV for the past 35 years, I feel I have a responsibility to participate in fundraising to find a cure and to assist others who continue to need our help
Alcoholism and drug addiction are major factors contributing to new HIV infections, particularly in the GLBT community. Eighty percent of the money I raise this year will go directly to the Castro Country Club, a clean and sober cafe and meeting space for all people seeking recovery from substance abuse. The Castro Country Club is in the compassionate business of saving and restoring the lives of men and women who desperately need our assistance.
In order to keep our communities safe from covid-19, AIDS WALK 2020 will be a virtual experience chock-full of entertainment with an exciting line-up of performers and celebrities. Log-in on July 19, at 10 a.m. PST to catch special appearances by Bette Midler, Gloria Estefan, Vannesa Williams, Alan Cumming, Laura Linney, Glenn Close, Matt Bomer, Ross Matthews and many more.
Surviving HIV is a blessing that I cannot ignore by being silent or inactive. I participate again this year in the memory of friends and family who were sadly lost to the epidemic of HIV/AIDS. For me, they may be gone, but they are never forgotten.
We are only four days from the AIDS WALK 202 so please consider making a donation to my fundraising campaign today. Every donation, regardless of the amount, is much appreciated. Together, we can all make a huge difference in the lives of those who suffer.
Join us for Virtual AIDS WALK 2020 on July 19 at 10 a.m. PST: https://sf.aidswalk.net
Thank you for your love and support.