A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from June 16, 2005
New York City did not hold the first AIDS Walk, but the event in 1986 was one of the first. New York's annual AIDS Walk remains one of the biggest in terms of walkers and the amount of money raised.

AIDS Walk New York 2005 raised over $5.8 million in support of the Gay Men's Health Crisis and other AIDS Service Organizations.

45,000 walkers and 2,000 volunteers participated on the day of the AIDS Walk.

22 August 1983, The Globe and Mail (Toronto), "AIDS walk aims to raise $1.8 million," pg. P5:
The organizer of a national walkathon for victims of AIDS has challenged the federal Government to match the $1.8-million he hopes to raise. William Mole, a federal civil servant from Toronto, said he is disgusted with Ottawa's failure to provide finances for research into Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Mr. Mole told a news conference to publicize the Oct. 1 walkathon that he has sent a letter to federal Health Minister Monique Begin challenging the federal Government to match the funds to be raised by the event. About 250 groups or individuals will take part in the event, each walking a 32-kiliometre section of an 8,000-kilometre cross- country route. Mr. Mole said the goal is to raise for $1.8-million for education and research of the disease and financial help for its victims.

18 May 1986, The Associated Press, "New York City Girds For Gridlock On Event-Filled Sunday, Gets A Reprieve" by Mitchell Landsberg:
The day had all the elements of vehicular chaos: two circuses, two conventions, two street festivals, a parade, a baseball game, a bicycle tour and a walk-a-thon. Slightly under 1 million people were expected to attend the various special events.
He missed a Central Park fund-raiser (130,000 people expected), the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Parade (30,000 people expected) and the AIDS Walk fund-raiser (6,000 walkers).

8 May 1987, Newsday (Manhattan), pg. 29:
WEST SIDE / Actress, Mayor To Walk for AIDS Benefit

Actress Lynn Redgrave and Mayor Edward I. Koch will join other New Yorkers May 17 for the Second Annual AIDS Walk New York, a 6.2-mile fund-raiser to benefit the Gay Men's Health Crisis.

The walk begins at 9 a.m. in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center. Last May, 6,000 walkers participated, raising $708,000 from 50,000 contributors, officials with the Gay Men's Health Crisis said.

Those interested in participating in the walk can register by calling (212) 463-0590. Walkers raise funds for the organization by finding sponsors who agree to pay so much per mile walked.

Posted by Barry Popik
Holidays/Events/Parades • Thursday, June 16, 2005 • Permalink

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