AIDS Walk New York and Gay Men's Health Crisis Announce Record Corporate Sponsorship Levels
NEW YORK, March 11, 2009 — As news of the economic crisis persists, Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) and AIDS Walk New York (AWNY) proudly announced today outstanding results in corporate sponsorship for this year's AIDS Walk, the world's largest HIV/AIDS fundraising event benefiting GMHC and other HIV/AIDS organizations. "In spite of the recession, today's announcement demonstrates that the New York business community remains committed to helping those struggling with HIV/AIDS and preventing new infections here in the tri-state area," said Marjorie J. Hill, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of GMHC, the world's first AIDS organization. "It's wonderful to see public and private institutions demonstrate their leadership and compassion for those living with HIV/AIDS, especially in these tough economic times," added Hill.
"These businesses recognize both the social importance of contributing to the AIDS Walk as well as the positive effect that being a sponsor of this event brings to their businesses," said Craig R. Miller, Founder/Producer of AWNY and President of MZA Events. Corporate support for the event comes in the form of major sponsorship and employee team fundraising. This year, an estimated 45,000 will participate in the 24th annual 10-kilometer walkathon beginning and ending in Central Park on Sunday, May 17. More than half of the participants will walk with nearly 700 corporate teams. "Over the years, many companies have come to recognize that HIV/AIDS directly affects employees, customers, and stakeholders. Participating in the AIDS Walk is a way of acknowledging this reality while fortifying the bond with these groups -- many of whom bring their own individual passion and determination to fighting this battle every day," added Miller.
New York's CBS 2 will also be joining AWNY this year as the exclusive broadcast media television sponsor. "We look forward to doing everything we can to help raise the bar in terms of increasing the number of participants in this year's event and raising money to support HIV/AIDS programs in and around New York," said WCBS-TV President and General Manager, Peter Dunn. CBS 2 will be airing several daily celebrity-driven public service announcements focusing on the AIDS crisis in the tri-state area and encouraging viewers to register for the event.
- AIDS Walk New York
- Barclays Capital
- Bloomberg, L.P.
- Bristol-Myers Squibb
- Charles Cohen's Decoration & Design Building
- Delta Airlines
- Duane Reade
- Duane Reade Charitable Foundation
- Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Fiona and Stanley Drunkenmiller
- Gap Inc.
- Gay Men's Health Crisis
- Lehman Bros.
- MZA Events
- New York Daily News
- PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP