The 25th annual AIDS Walk, hosted by Evergreen Health, carried on with huge success this past Saturday, May 6th, through inclement weather. The walk raised more than the $90,000 goal, surpassing it for a total $107,492! All funds raised will benefit the programs and services of Evergreen Health (formerly AIDS Community Services of WNY, Inc.), helping families to remain healthy, receive high quality medical care, care coordination, mental health assistance, and more.
During the misty morning of the day, volunteers speedily set up the amenities that made the event an absolute joy. Registration began at 9 a.m., as many walkers started down the steps by Hoyt Lake. There was an abundance of cheer and purpose in the staff, volunteers, and attendees of the walk this year. The short rain showers and cold didn’t detract from the reason people came out.
Many appeared to carry on with a, “That’s Buffalo for you!” chuckle as they readied for the opening ceremonies of the event. As the crowd gathered around the stage, a mixture of emotions took over. The importance of talking about AIDS and HIV was evident in the speakers’ demeanor. After the symbolic flower-tossing into Hoyt Lake to honor those lost, the 5K walk kicked off and concluded on an enthusiastic note.
If you would like to donate to Evergreen Health and their many services to the community, connect with them through their website. — CB