LAS VEGAS (March 17, 2014) – A plethora of Vegas’ entertainers will unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS at the 24th annual AIDS Walk on Sunday, May 4 at UNLV to benefit Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN).
For the 13th year in a row, Penn & Teller will serve as grand marshals and leaders of the Penn & Teller Challenge, matching donations of $250 or more.
Local TV personality Chris Saldaña and morning co-host at 100.5 FM KXNT Dayna Roselli will host the day’s festivities, which will kick-off with Josh Strickland from VEGAS! The Show singing the National Anthem. Also performing during the opening ceremony and at the community picnic following the walk are: acts from Le Rêve – The Dream at Wynn Las Vegas, Rose.Rabbit.Lie, Panda!, Mo5aic, Absinthe, Million Dollar Quartet, Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, DJ Axis, Zodiac Dragon, Las Vegas Kaminari Taiko Drummers, Kaution Dance Kru and instructors from TruFusion Yoga will lead the warm up before the walk.
AIDS Walk Las Vegas has become the largest fundraiser of the year for AFAN, with more than 12,000 walkers in 2013, raising more than $400,000. Understanding that the fight against HIV/AIDS is a community effort, AFAN is inviting other local HIV/AIDS nonprofits to participate in AIDS Walk and giving back 50% of the money raised by their teams to support their own organization’s fundraising missions.
Presenting sponsors of AIDS Walk include Penn & Teller, Walgreens, Findlay Cadillac and Findlay Honda, Ketel One Vodka, Jetflicks, Vegas Seven, CBS Radio and Jamba Juice.
Sign-in begins at 8 a.m. in front of the Student Union with the opening ceremony at 9 a.m. and the walk beginning at 10:30. The community picnic, which is a joint effort with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), will be held immediately following the walk in front of the Student Union and feature some of Las Vegas’ finest food trucks.
Individuals of all ages are encouraged to participate and registration is free. A minimum donation of $50 per person is encouraged and includes an official AIDS Walk t-shirt. For additional information and to register, visit afanlv.org
To kick off the weekend, TAO Nightclub at The Venetian will host the fourth annual Red Party on Thursday, May 1 with free admission and two-hour open bar for attendees dressed in red. TAO will make a donation to AFAN for every guest that arrives dressed in red.
Now celebrating its 30th anniversary of providing support and advocacy for adults and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, AFAN is the oldest and largest AIDS organization in the state of Nevada, assisting more than 4,000 local men, women and children.