Comedienne Margaret Cho will be grand marshal Thursday at the World AIDS Day walk in Wilton Manors. Here are the details from Broward House in Fort Lauderdale:
Fort Lauderdale, FL; November 29, 2011 – This Thursday, December 1, World AIDS Day, please join over 1800 South Floridians as they walk Wilton Drive, candles in hand, to commemorate/raise awareness of the 30th anniversary of the HIV/AIDS virus and to remember those we have lost to the disease.
South Florida currently has the 2nd highest new infection rate in the nation and this year South Florida surpassed Africa in the rate of new infections.
This is the fourth year of the walk, which has grown in size steadily each year. Line up for the walk starts at Hagen Park (behind Wilton Manors City Hall, 2020 Wilton Drive) at 6:00 pm and steps off from the curb at exactly 6:30 pm. This years walk will see the addition of celebrity grand marshal comedienne Margaret Cho (pictured below) who will also be doing a performance at the parker playhouse following the rally as a benefit for Broward House, Broward County’s oldest and largest HIV/AIDS community service organization.
The walk will culminate at the Shoppes of Wilton Manors (2166 Wilton Drive) where a rally will be held with speakers including Ms. Cho, Angelo Castillo, President of Broward House, Attorney and Publisher Norm Kent, Durell Watkins, Pastor of the MCC Church, and Paul Hyman, Executive Director of the Pride Center. Performers this evening will include star of stage Howard Cohen, and the Fort Lauderdale Gay Mens Chorus.
“We started this walk four years ago as an avenue for people to come together in mass to remember those they have lost to the disease” said Terry DeCarlo, Director of PR for Broward House and the walk organizer. “not knowing what to expect that first year we had planned on about 100 people…and 450 showed up, the next year saw over 1,000 people and this past year, over 1700. We are sure with the addition of a celebrity grand marshal that we will grow even larger this year and are very proud of what we have created. No one makes a penny from this event and there is no charge to attend, it is totally underwritten by our sponsors and our angels, heck even the candles are supplied"
Sponsors of this years event include Walgreens, Macy’s, Padgette Negrette Inc, MAC AIDS Fund, Alibi Wilton Manors, Hotspots Magazine, SFGN, Jumponmarkslist.com, Christopher Caputo, Bills Wilton Manors, Broward Health, Comcare Pharmacy, Moroney Church Supply, The City of Wilton Manors and Broward House