Macy's Joins 2007 Aids Walk Boston as Presenting Sponsor
AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts (AAC), organizers of AIDS Walk Boston “From All Walks of Life™,” announce that Macy’s is the presenting sponsor of the 2007 Walk, to be held on Sunday, June 3. Macy’s record-setting $50,000 presenting sponsor level of financial contribution marks a first-ever in the Walk’s 22-year history, representing Macy’s overall commitment to the Walk, an annual staple Boston event.
“We are ecstatic to be partnering with Macy’s on the 2007 AIDS Walk Boston,” said Rebecca Haag, Executive Director, AAC. “While Macy’s has been a partner with us on several events and projects, this level of sponsorship signals the company’s promise to be a leading community neighbor and its commitment to join AIDS Action in our fight to eradicate AIDS within the next 10 years.”
The 6.2-mile (10K) AIDS Walk and the corresponding Larry Kessler 5K run will continue to be held on the first Sunday in June, this year on Sunday June 3, at The Hatch Shell on Boston’s Esplanade. Registration for individuals and teams is now open at http://www.aidswalkboston.org/. The important role of fund-raising involves individual participants, teams and corporate sponsors, all who play a vital role in AIDS Walk Boston.
"Macy's has always been a strong supporter of raising AIDS awareness in local communities, and has been at the forefront of raising funds for research for almost 25 years," said Ron Klein, chairman and ceo, Macy's East. "We are proud to continue Filene's long-standing commitment to the annual AIDS Walk Boston and of course, the important day-to-day work of AIDS Action Committee with our first-ever presenting sponsorship of this terrific event. With our sponsorship and on-going community events, Macy's is committed to fighting AIDS in New England."
The AIDS Walk is one of the first and largest fund-raising walks in Boston and one of the first AIDS Walks in the country. Historically AAC’s largest fund-raising event, the Walk attracts more than 10,000 participants across the Commonwealth annually who have generously raised more than $30 million for programs and services to support those living with and at risk for contracting HIV/AIDS. There are approximately 1,000 new HIV infections every year in Massachusetts, meaning that at least two - sometimes three - people are becoming infected every day. It is estimated that there are approximately 22,000-24,000 people infected with HIV in Massachusetts and that at least one quarter of them do not know they are infected.
What to Expect on Sunday, June 3: AIDS Walk Boston & Larry Kessler 5K Run Festivities
Hatch Shell, Boston Esplanade
- 7:00 a.m. Registration and Sign-in Opens
- 9:30 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
- 10:00 a.m. AIDS Walk Boston begins, led by Larry’s Team
- 10:30 a.m. Larry Kessler 5K Run begins
- 11:00 a.m. Wellness Festival opens (games, displays, samplings, health screenings, information)
- 12:00 p.m. Larry Kessler 5K Run Awards Ceremony
- 2:00 p.m. Closing Ceremonies
Get Involved: Register Online for AIDS Walk Boston & The Larry Kessler 5K Run
For more information on AIDS Walk Boston & The Larry Kessler 5K Run, go to http://www.aidswalkboston.org/or call 617-424-WALK. Participants can enter as individuals or as a team. A minimum $20 donation is encouraged to register for the Walk, although no fee is required. Registration for The Larry Kessler Run is $20 before May 13 and $25 afterwards through June 3. Can't make it to the Walk or are unable to participate this year? Sign up online at http://www.aidswalkboston.org/ to become a virtual walker! You'll receive the same support and fund-raising tools, including your own virtual walker fund-raising page.
Macy’s is the presenting sponsor of the 2007 AIDS Walk Boston. Additional sponsors of AIDS Walk Boston & The Larry Kessler Run include Monster, Tufts Health Plan, Whole Foods Market, Casual Male XL, The TJX Companies, WCVB-TV 5, The Boston Phoenix, Metro Boston, El Planeta and WFNX 101.7.
About Macy’s East
Macy’s East, a division of Federated Department Stores Inc., owns and operates approximately 171 stores in twelve Eastern states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The Macy’s New England division of Macy's East is comprised of 24 stores in Massachusetts including its Boston flagship, Downtown Crossing, as well as, 19 stores in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Macy’s, synonymous with fun, affordable fashion and world-class events, such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® and Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks®, The Boston Trolley Tour, the annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony, and Operation Happy Children Boston, is a leader in the local communities that it serves with its many charitable programs and volunteer efforts.
AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts is the state’s leading provider of prevention and wellness services for people vulnerable to HIV infection. It provides services to one in six people in Massachusetts living with an HIV diagnosis. These services include HIV counseling and testing; needle exchange; mental health counseling; housing assistance; and legal services. AIDS Action works to prevent new HIV infections, support those affected by HIV, and tackle the root causes of HIV/AIDS by educating the public and health professionals about HIV prevention and care; and advocating for fair and effective HIV/AIDS policy at the city, state, and federal levels. Founded in 1983, AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts is New England’s first and largest AIDS service organization. Learn more at www.aac.org.