A Walk in the Park for AIDS Walk New York

Team NOH8 AIDS Walk New York

Team NOH8 AIDS Walk New York 2014

 

AIDS Walk New York 2014 Central Park

AIDS Walk New York 2014 Central Park

As an advocate and supporter for many causes I was more than excited to participate in the AIDS Walk New York on Sunday, May 18, 2014 in Central Park. I had the pleasure of enjoying this with a great friend of mine Tommy Geraci. The weekend was filled with gorgeous weather and good company. We spent the weekend representing NOH8 Campaign on Saturday by doing a photo shoot for equality & the LGBT community, and then we also walked with team NOH8 who raised over $11,000 for AIDS Walk New York this year.

Though the weekend was jam packed with activities, it was for a good cause. Who could pass up all that amazing work? I can’t and neither could my friend Tommy. Tommy is just as highly involved in advocating and supporting causes as I am, which is what makes events such as this that much more enjoyable. Tommy is not only a friend but a supporter of Bullies Keep Out (BKO) as well, so I was proud to spend the weekend with him having fun and sharing something so important.

I honestly couldn’t think of a better way to spend my Sunday than spending the day walking for AIDS Walk New York on what turned out to be an absolutely beautiful day and beautiful people. Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley of NOH8 Campaign are two great individuals that I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with this this weekend. It was an honor to be part of the photo shoot and their their team.

AIDS Walk New York benefits GMHC and more than 40 other AIDS service organizations in the tri state. The walk is 6.2 miles, but feels like a walk in the park with old friends. The time goes by faster than you realize. Thousands of people walk and participate in some capacity. When I say thousands, I mean thousands upon thousands along with hundreds of volunteers throughout the event. The outpouring is just heartwarming. The Aids Walk New York raised 5.1 million dollars this year, which is just outstanding.

A BIG congratulations!!!

They had an amazing lineup of  special guests at the event such as Mayor Bill de Blasio, Lana Parrilla (Once Upon A Time), Nick Wechsler (Revenge), Tyne Daly (Mothers and Sons on Broadway), Dot-Marie Jones (Glee), Eric Olsen (NCIS:LosAngeles), Randy Fenoli (“Say Yes to the Dress”), and so many more amazing individuals, which you can find on the website.

The day was truly filled with incredible people, speakers, music, and support.

It is very important to get involved and see what they do as it is an incredible organization. I am big on educating yourself and not just simply representing or fighting for a cause. The knowledge is a tool so we can help in as many ways as we can.  http://www.aidswalk.net/newyork/about/who-benefits

Please also check out the history here: http://www.aidswalk.net/newyork/about/history

You can still support them by donating. It is never too late. I highly recommend you check out their site as you can get a head start on next year.

You can check out their photos and videos here: http://www.aidswalk.net/newyork/about/news/05/18/2014/we-did-it

Below are also some of my own personal photos I took or others took of our weekend.

Team NOH8

Team NOH8

Me and the awesome Adam Bouska of NOH8

Me and the awesome Adam Bouska of NOH8

 

The start of the walk

The start of the walk

 

The Waldorf

The Waldorf across from W New York NOH8 photo shoot

 

The incredible Jeff Parshley from NOH8 and I

The incredible Jeff Parshley from NOH8 and I

 

Central Park

Central Park

 

Tommy and I NOH8 photo shoot NYC

Tommy and I NOH8 photo shoot NYC

 

Tommy and Jeff Parshley of NOH8

Tommy and Jeff Parshley of NOH8

Lana Parrilla speaking at AIDS Walk New York 2014

Lana Parrilla speaking at AIDS Walk New York 2014

Tommy and I at AIDS Walk New York 2014 courtesy of RonSwinProductions

Tommy and I at AIDS Walk New York 2014 courtesy of RonSwinProductions

AIDS Walk of New York 2014 Fun

AIDS Walk of New York 2014 Fun

More fun at AIDS Walk New York 2014

More fun at AIDS Walk New York 2014

AIDS Walk New York 2014 Certificate of Completion Team NOH8 6.2 miles. NOH8 raised over 11,000

AIDS Walk New York 2014 Certificate of Completion Team NOH8 6.2 miles. NOH8 raised over 11,000

You can find more pictures on the following sites and accounts:

http://www.facebook.com/bullieskeepout

http://www.instagram.com/bullieskeepoutllc

https://www.facebook.com/noh8campaign

http://www.NOH8Campaign.com/

http://instagram.com/noh8campaign

https://www.facebook.com/pages/RonSwin-Productions/274077252709267

Spending time with like-minded individuals with a huge heart for charity, causes, and giving is what I love to surround myself with. I highly recommend that if you are in New York City next year or any city where this walks takes place to be do what you can in support whether it be volunteering, walking, donating, or simply being there in support.

Website: http://www.aidswalk.net/newyork

Follow on Twitter: @AidsWalkNY

Written by Dana Jacoviello: Founder, Manager, Writer, Cyber Bully Investigator, Motivational Speaker, mentor/coach of Bullies Keep Out and host of La Bella Vita podcast

 

 

 

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