Team NOLA: NO/AIDS Walk & Halloween 28

By Sarah Ramteke on January 3, 2012 in AmeriCorps

NO/AIDS Walk

On September 25, 2011, Team NOLA joined hundreds of Louisianans in the 22nd annual NO/AIDS Walk. The NO/AIDS Walk is a fundraiser that benefits the NO/AIDS Task Force and other HIV/AIDS service organizations in Louisiana. It is one of the largest fundraising events for AIDS Service Organizations in Louisiana. This year the Walk raised over $180,000. Team NOLA is proud to have participated in this awesome event.

Registration started at 8 am, with the Walk kicking off at 10 AM. It was bright and sunny– perfect weather for a 5k stroll through Uptown New Orleans. It’s still pretty hot in New Orleans in the end of September, so within a few minutes we were sweating. But teams of volunteers provided us with water and encouragement along the way. At the end of the Walk, we were greeted with beautiful flowers and fresh bananas.

The Walk was attended by representatives from a lot of local businesses, universities, organizations, and non-profits as well as from several national corporations. Many of our co-workers were there. Everyone involved had a lot of enthusiasm and energy. It was fantastic to be a part of a huge, well-attended event that was for such an important cause.

Halloween 28

In honor of Make a Difference Day, part of Team NOLA volunteered at Halloween 28, a benefit ball for Project Lazarus. Project Lazarus has been providing housing and other services to people living with HIV/AIDS for 25+ years. Team NOLA had a lot of fun greeting guests who attended the fundraiser.

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