Colleen Kelly, co-host of the “Ken & Colleen Show” on 102.5 FM morning radio, will serve as the Celebrity Host at the 2011 AIDS Walk/Run Saturday, April 2nd. This important fundraiser for the AIDS Project of Central Iowa (The Project) begins at 10 am. It will start and finish at Des Moines University, 3440 Grand Ave. in Des Moines, which has been the generous venue sponsor for the past 10 years.
Proceeds from the event help The Project provide food, housing, emergency financial assistance, mental health services and case management to the men, women and children in Iowa living with HIV/AIDS. Funds raised are also used to deliver HIV prevention services and testing. All services are free.
Winning runners is several age categories and top fundraisers will receive gifts from local merchants and restaurants. In addition to the walk/run aspect of the event, there will be a performance by the Isiserettes Drill & Drum Corp, family entertainment, pre-walk/run warm-up activities led by Fitness World West, osteopathic manual treatments and physical therapy provided by Des Moines University students. In addition, Bowman Chiropractic will be offering spinal screenings.
Bankers Trust is the “Presenting” sponsor. Other corporate and in-kind sponsors include Des Moines University, C.I.C Associates, ING, Wells Fargo, Iowa Health Physicians & Clinics, Des Moines Internal Medicine, P.C., Simonson & Assoc. Architects, Essex Meadows, The Saddle, Balance RX, Bowman Chiropractic, CHAIN, Iowa Momentum Magazine, Costco Wholesale, Fitness World West, Anderson- Erickson Dairy, Starbucks, and Fitness Sports. Several Des Moines households and individuals are “Community Pacer” sponsors.
“The AIDS Walk/Run has become a popular event”, says Frank Vaia, The Project’s Development Coordinator. “Participants enjoy running or walking through the picturesque South of Grand neighborhood as well as the activities and entertainment throughout the event. They come to have fun and support our agency’s work.”
Entry is available online at Iowa Aids Run Walk or via phone at 515-284-0245.