AIDS Walk At­lanta still hopes to raise $1 mil­lion for lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions

Do­na­tions can be made through Novem­ber

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The 2012 AIDS Walk At­lanta and 5K run drew thou­sands to Pied­mont Park Oct. 27 in hopes of rais­ing $1 mil­lion to fund sev­eral HIV/AIDS or­ga­ni­za­tions.

As of Nov. 6, the event had raised more than $850,000, but do­na­tions will be ac­cepted un­til the end of Novem­ber. Last year, AIDS Walk At­lanta raised close to $1 mil­lion, sur­pass­ing 2010’s to­tal by $82,000.

The agency still seeks a new ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor af­ter Tracy El­liott re­signed from the po­si­tion in June af­ter serv­ing five years at the helm. Jon San­tos, devel­op­ment di­rec­tor at AID At­lanta, re­signed shortly af­ter El­liott to take a po­si­tion with Jerusalem House.

As AID At­lanta con­tin­ues it search for a new ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, it is be­ing led by the team of its top man­age­ment of­fi­cers. AID At­lanta Board Chair Mark Rin­der said the AIDS Walk is “right on track” to reach last year’s to­tal, but did not re­spond to ques­tions about the di­rec­tor search by press time.

Ben­e­fi­cia­ries for this year’s AIDS Walk are AID At­lanta, the Ric Craw­ford Clinic (former- ly AID Gwin­nett), AIDS Re­search Con­sor­tium of At­lanta, Aniz Inc., Jerusalem House, Liv­ing Room Inc., Pos­i­tive Im­pact and Project Open Hand.

The team that raised the most money this year was SunTrust. The win­ner of the 5K run was Ge­n­e­sis Hen­der­son. There were 784 run­ners in this year’s 5K. Or­ga­niz­ers es­ti­mate ap­prox­i­mately 10,000 peo­ple par­tic­i­pated in the AIDS Walk.

Peo­ple take time to visit the AIDS Me­mo­rial Quilt dur­ing this year’s AIDS Walk. The event still hopes to reach its fi­nan­cial goal. (Photo by Dyana Bagby)

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