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AIDS Walk San Francisco Boosts Number of Teams and Benefiting Agencies
Date:7/2/2008

esides the CPP teams who walk and raise money directly for their agencies, each year SFAF makes direct grants through the Horizons Foundation to HIV/AIDS service organizations, many who do not have fundraising teams.

Last year, the Oakland-based Women Organized to Respond to Life Threatening Disease (WORLD) more than matched its $15,000 AIDS Walk grant with Community Partnership Program team fundraising.

"The CPP has been an enormous opportunity for our organization to increase our fundraising capacity," said Maura Riordan, WORLD's Executive Director. "We have been able to let our community of supporters know that 100 percent of money pledged to eligible walkers comes directly to WORLD. I don't know of any other event that allows us to maximize our earnings in this way. Since the CPP program has been in place, we have quadrupled our pledges."

Other CPP teams include San Francisco's Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center, San Jose's Billy DeFrank Community Center, Oakland's Flowers Heritage Foundation, the Bay Area's AIDS Legal Referral Panel, Get Screened Oakland, Shanti, Project Inform, Project Open Hand, and the Black Coalition on AIDS.

Lyon-Martin Health Services Executive Director Teri McGinnis noted that, because of her agency's new team, the number of Lyon-Martin friends and supporters registering for AIDS Walk 2008 has already more than doubled since 2007.

"AIDS Walk San Francisco does so much more than provide essential funds," Cloutier said. "The Walk provides hope at such a critical moment in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Together, we can -- in fact we must -- reduce and one day end new HIV infections."

About AIDS Walk San Francisco: Since 1987, AIDS Walk San Francisco has raised nearly $65 million for HIV programs and services in the Bay Area, and has grown into one of the largest AIDS fundraising event in the world.

About San Francisco AIDS Foundation: The San Francisco AIDS Foundation provides leadership
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