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