Aunt Rita’s Foundation Sixth Annual AIDS Walk Phoenix And 5k Run Open To All Ages And Dogs Money Raised For Local Agencies Who Provide Prevention And Support To People Living With HIV/AIDS


October 1, 2013(Phoenix, AZ)…AIDS Walk Phoenix & 5K Run, Aunt Rita’s Foundation’s 6th Annual event is open to everyone of all ages and good natured dogs. The 5K Run is a chip-timed race timed by Race Place Events. Kids 12 and under are free to walk but need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The event is October 20 with entertainment at 7:45am, the 5K Run starts at 9:00am and 5K Walk starts at 9:10am at 3rd Ave & Washington Street, Phoenix. To register, sponsor a walker, runner, team or pet, or donate directly and get information for parking and light rail or call 602-882-8675.

Aunt Rita’s Foundation serves 18 member agencies in Central Arizona that provide programs to prevent HIV/AIDS or assist those living with the disease. Money raised is equally distributed to these agencies. Two specific agencies depend on this funding for their survival. One is Joshua Tree Feeding Program, who provides food boxes to low-income HIV positive residents with expanded services to their clients’ pets. Aunt Rita’s support helps to pay their rent. The second, HIV/AIDS Law Project, assists individuals living with HIV and AIDS in Maricopa and Pinal counties with areas of law such as discrimination, confidentiality, estate planning, and other civil legal areas. With the recent loss of federal funding, Aunt Rita’s help will keep them going at least for now.

“Some of our agencies are small and rely on us for a major portion of their fundraising,” states Kit Kloeckl, Executive Director of Aunt Rita’s. “Without our help, it would be difficult for them to survive. Federal funding continues to decline and HIV/AIDS is not immune to those cuts. The disease is alive and well and the need for community dollars are greater than ever.”

HIV has become a chronic disease, one that can be managed, meaning most people are not dying of AIDS. However, people think they can just take a pill and everything will be alright because it isn’t in the spotlight as it was years ago. This is giving them a false sense of security. The prescriptions are expensive, $1000- $1500/month for just one medication and the side effects are very hard on the body.

AIDS Walk Phoenix & 5K Run info:

  • Walkers: $25 Registration fees include an official AIDS Walk Phoenix & 5K Run T-shirt
  • Runners: Early $30/ Day of $40 Registration fees include an official AIDS Walk Phoenix & 5K Run T-shirt
  • Friendly, good natured dogs can take part in Paws for the Cause for $10 and must be registered. Dogs receive a commemorative bandanna and a bag of treats! Each participant can register up to two dogs. Assistance dogs are not charged to participate, but must be registered by phone. Please call 602-904-6001

Walgreens is the title sponsor for the 5th year. Presenting sponsors are Echo Magazine, Cox, Sonoran Quest Laboratories, Univision Arizona and 100.3/105.3 La Kalle. Platinum Sponsors are After Hours Multicultural, City of Phoenix and ClearChannelPhoenix. Gold Sponsors are ONE Community, Classic Party Rentals, Phoenix Pride, Open Spark Technology/Marketing, Rainbows Festival, PMT Ambulance, Safeway, Randy’s Vision Photography, Whoopi Baking Co., Wells Fargo and Sway Events. Silver Sponsors include Attentive Home Health, AVDimensions, Avella Health, ASU Wellness, The State Press, Charlie’s Bar, Ion Arizona, Bud Light, Pride Guide, Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, WDP Entertainment and LS.

Since 2005, Aunt Rita’s Foundation has granted over $1 million to its member agencies in Central Arizona that provide programs to prevent HIV/AIDS or assist those living with the disease. Money raised is equally distributed to participating agencies which include: The Bill Holt Clinic at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Chicanos Por La Causa, Compassion in Action, Concilio Latino De Salud, Ebony House, H.E.A.L. International, HIV/AIDS Law Project, HIV Care Directions, Joshua Tree Feeding Program, Maricopa Interfaith HIV/AIDS Alliance, McDowell Healthcare Clinic, Native American Health, one n ten, The Phoenix Shanti Group, Project Hardhat, Southwest Behavioral Health Services, Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, and Terros. Aunt Rita’s Foundation accomplishes this through direct public education and fundraising primarily through three signature events, SAVORlife, AIDS Walk Phoenix & 5K Run and RED Brunch, A World AIDS Day Event. For more information, visit or call (602) 882-8675.


Sherry L. Butler
Sherry L. Butler Communications

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