By Cicero A. Estrella
Large-scale events will likely be allowed again soon, but for now social distancing remains the norm due to COVID-19 safety restrictions.
For the second straight year, AIDS Walk San Francisco is going virtual and is asking fundraisers to #WalkItout, or go out and walk on their own to benefit Bay Area organizations that provide services to those living with HIV/AIDS.
Walkers have until Sunday, May 16, to log on miles.
Also for the second straight year, San Francisco organizers are partnering with their New York counterparts for the “AIDS Walk: Live from Home” virtual event featuring speeches and live performances from singers and Broadway stars.
This year’s featured guests include Billy Porter, Heather Headley and Rita Moreno.
Also slated to appear are Tony Goldwyn, Liz Callaway, Alex Newell, Rosie Perez, Carson Kressley, George Takei, and stars from the Emmy Award-winning “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Live segments will be streamed from Robin Williams Meadow in Golden Gate Park and Central Park’s Bethesda Fountain.
As of this writing, walkers had raised more than $750,000 this year’s event, according to the organization’s website.
Since its inception in 1987, AIDS Walk San Francisco has raised more than $90 million for organizations across seven Bay Area counties. It is Northern California’s largest and most visible HIV/AIDS fundraising event.
For more information, log onto sf.aids walk.net.
Photos: Leif Green/AIDS Walk San Francisco