El Paso’s Border AIDS Partnership (BAP) will celebrate their 25th anniversary by presenting their 2nd AIDS Walk fundraising event and Health Fair in the morning, and Red Gala Fashion Show in the evening this weekend.
“We are very excited about continuing the momentum we started last year with the AIDS Walk. The walk hadn’t occurred for a number of years in El Paso and we hope we continue to grow with each passing year. By you joining us for the walk, we can take the time to run/walk and remember our loved ones we have lost to AIDS. By walking with us, you are also helping our organization provide critical resources for people from El Paso, Cd. Juárez and Las Cruces who are battling HIV/AIDS,” said Floyd Johnson, president of BAP.
“We also want to make this event a family and pet-friendly environment, so please bring your kids and all pets are also welcomed.”
Early registration before the Walk can be done online for a fee of $25. Early registration ends at 6 pm on September 26 at 6 pm. Interested persons can also register the day of the event at Memorial Park starting at 7 am for a fee of $30.
Registration also includes a shirt which commemorates the fundraising event. The race/walk will start at 8 am sharp. Health Fair will begin at 8:00 am and will run until 12:30 pm.
Free screenings and testing will be conducted by Centro San Vicente. The run/walk is a 5k route around the lovely and historic neighborhoods surrounding Memorial Park. Participants can choose to officially time your 5k by Race Adventures or walk your 5k without worrying about time. They can also choose to do a “Fun Walk”, which is a 1-mile walk around Memorial Park. Like last year, this is also a Dog Walk, so bring your dogs! It is a family-friendly environment so also bring children. All are welcome.
Board Member and Chair of the Red Gala Fashion Show, Mr. Uriel Posada says, “We are having a Red Gala Fashion Show this year to announce to our region that we have existed for 25 years! We teamed up with El Paso Fashion Week to bring you a fun-filled evening, surrounded by fashion and beautiful people of all ages, including children.”
Register for the Red Gala Fashion Show online, and residents can also purchase tickets (if still available) the day of the event at The Foundation Room (333 N. Oregon St). Tickets are $60 (VIP – front row seating); $45 (preferred, 2nd and 3rd row seating); and $30 (General Admission).
VIP tickets will also get you 2 free glasses of sparkling wine.
In 1994, the El Paso Community Foundation and the US/Mexico Border Health Association created a local HIV/AIDS partnership to provide assistance to nonprofit organizations in the region working on this critical health problem.
With support from AIDS United, the collaboration became the Border AIDS Partnership, a bi-national and tri-state funding collaborative that has been providing funding for HIV/AIDS education and prevention activities in El Paso, Southern New Mexico and Ciudad Juárez. BAP now operates as an independent 501c3 nonprofit.
Since 1996, the Border AIDS Partnership has distributed more than $2.0 million to support innovative HIV prevention and education programs. Previous grantees include Centro Caritativo Para Atención de Enfermos de SIDA, University Medical Center of El Paso’s Teen Advisory Board, Programa Compañeros, support group HIVida, Actúa y Toma El Control, Opportunity Center for the Homeless, and Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, Families & Youth, Inc.
What: Border AIDS Partnership’s AIDS Walk Fundraiser & Red Gala Fashion Show
When: Saturday, September 28, 2019, 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (Walk); 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Fashion Show)
Where: Walk—Memorial Park (1701 N. Copia St); Fashion Show – Foundation Room (333 N. Oregon St)
Start of Race: 8 a.m.; Start of Fashion Show: 7:00 pm