Thursday, September 15, 2016
Join us for an evening of dining out that benefits AIDS Services Foundation Orange County’s programs supporting people living with HIV/AIDS in Orange County. Learn more about the event and available prizes here.
The following restaurants have agreed to donate to ASF a minimum of 25% of their food and beverage sales (including alcohol) from the Dining Out For Life event:
Anaheim White House
887 S. Anaheim Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92805
2915 Red Hill Ave, G101
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Maro Wood Grill
1915 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
16338 Beach Blvd
Westminster, CA 92683
Westport Square Shopping Center
369 E. 17th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Port Restaurant and Bar
440 Heliotrope Ave.
Corona del Mar, CA 92625
Samba Brazilian Steakhouse
1000 Universal Studios Blvd
Universal City, CA 91608
Square One Pizza
5789 Alton Pkwy
Irvine, CA 92618
Sundried Tomato Bistro
821 Via Suerte
San Clemente, CA 92673
Sundried Tomato Bistro
31781 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92765
416 W. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Zinc Cafe & Market
3222 East Coast Highway
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
Zinc Cafe & Market
350 Ocean Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
The 31st annual AIDS Walk Orange County, scheduled for Saturday, May 6, 2017, features a 5 km walk and Red Ribbon 5 km Fun Run through the William R. Mason Regional Park in Irvine, CA. The program and festival attractions includes music, food vendors, carnival booths, and merchandise sales.
This year we are on a crusade to be a POWERFUL force for change! We want to remind everyone that, in our community, our Heroes are Zeros! Zero new infections. Zero deaths. Zero discrimination. So don your cape, slide on that spandex and put on those boots. Our Heroes don’t fly, they WALK (or run!) to end HIV!
Bring your whole family and friends for a fun day out at the William R. Mason Regional Park and support a worthy cause in the place where you live!
William R. Mason Regional Park, Irvine, CA
Situated near the UCI campus and Irvine business district, hundreds of acres of protected land serve as a natural reserve dedicated to habitat enhancement. Many native animal species inhabit the area, while the lake and lush shade trees provide visitors with a refreshing change of pace.
William R. Mason Regional Park is located in the City of Irvine. To reach the park, take the San Diego Freeway (I405) to the Culver Avenue turnoff. Head south on Culver to University Drive, then west (right) to the park entrance.
Saturday, May 6, 2017
8:30am: Registration Opens, VIP Breakfast Opens
8:30am: Festival vendors and Fun Zone open for business
9:50am: VIP Breakfast closes
10:00am: Opening Ceremony Program
10:25am: Runners assemble at Start Line
10:30am: Red Ribbon 5K Fun Run begins!
10:35am: Walkers Warm-Up begins
10:40am: Walkers assemble at Start Line
10:45am: AIDS Walk Orange County begins!
12:00pm: Runner Awards announced and presented on stage
12:45pm: Pie Eating Contest
1:30pm: Festival ends (estimated)
For the fourth year, AIDS Walk Orange County will feature a Red Ribbon 5k Fun Run to bring runners to our historic community charity event.
The Red Ribbon 5k Fun Run is a fun, community, all inclusive running event for runners of all fitness levels. The main requirement for this 5k is that you have heart and want to unite with other runners in the fight to end AIDS in Orange County!
All proceeds of this run goes to HIV/AIDS prevention and support programs in our community.
The Red Ribbon 5k Fun Run is less about your speed and performance and more about health, compassion and community! The 5k route winds through the William R. Mason Regional Park and will feature water stations, entertainment, cheering and cookies and chocolate milk at the finish line!
After the run, all runners are invitied to stay and join in all the fun of the AIDS Walk Festival with live music, food and drink, carnival booths, art, and the AIDS Memorial Quilt and tent.
Date: Saturday May 6, 2017
Participant Registration: All participants will register on-line on the AIDS Walk website. Registration fee is $25 per participant and everyone is encouraged to raise additional funds. Runners may also register in person at Mason Park on the day of the event.
Day of Event Check-in: Opens at 8:30am.
Run Start Time: At 10:00am there will be a brief opening stage program. The runners will assemble at 10:25am and will start at 10:30am sharp. Water stations and cheerers will be in place for the Run.
Incentives: Fund raising incentives for runners will be the same as walker incentives. In addition to the fund raising incentives there will be prizes for first runners over the finish line.
Teams: Individuals can set up teams for the run in the same way as one would for the Walk. Individuals may sign up on a team as either a walker or a runner.
This year, AIDS Walk Orange County is offering participants who are living with HIV/AIDS the opportunity to be recognized, celebrated, and honored for their courage in dealing with and survival of the daily challenges presented by HIV/AIDS.
We believe that the time has come for us to offer people living with HIV/AIDS the opportunity to stand up and share their status at our AIDS Walk event without fear of stigma or discrimination. Openly honoring our survivors at AIDS Walk is in line with our commitment to help end the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. We understand that sharing status is not easy for everyone and no one’s status will be recognized unless they want it to be. We encourage participation in the Survivor Club only if you feel completely comfortable doing so.
If participants wish to be in the Survivor Club at AIDS Walk this year, they must select that option during the on-line registration process. The button is located under the profile page during registration.
Survivor Club participants will receive the following benefits…
- Exclusive Surviving and Thriving t-shirt to wear on the day of the event
- Special Main Stage recognition at the event
- The first 80 participants to register online for the Survivor Club and select a t-shirt size, will receive an invitation to the VIP Breakfast prior to the Walk (no guests due to space limitations)
Other special benefits will be announced shortly. Please check back for further information.
Shanti Orange County, a recipient agency of AIDS Walk Orange County, will again be presenting the AIDS Memorial Tent and OC Memorial Quilt Panels at the walk this year.
In 1989, after 2 years of caregiving, Joan Shaw lost her son, Steven, to AIDS. Seeking support and education, she joined a support group called Mothers of AIDS Patients. Having lost one son to AIDS, she needed support as she cared for her second son, Jody (whom she would eventually lose to AIDS in 1997). In 1991, Joan reformed the group and called it AIDS: Families and Friends. Meetings were held every Tuesday at 7pm at the Garden Grove medical plaza. As president of the group for 18 years, she fought ignorance and discrimination in the community in relation to HIV/AIDS with compassion, dedication, and love.
Joan opened a 24/7 AIDS information hotline in her home, wanting to help and educate anyone in need. AIDS: Families and Friends participated in countless community activities supporting people with HIV/AIDS, providing outreach and support to families and friends who were impacted, and educating the community about the disease.
At the time, Joan and the group were inspired by the Names Project that was calling for family and friends who had lost someone to AIDS to make quilt panels that could be combined to make a massive, impactful, memorial quilt. Joan taught an AIDS quilt-making workshop out of her home. Some of the panels were submitted to the Names Project and some remained with the group in Orange County for their education and outreach work.
In 2009, Joan died of Lou Gehrig’s disease/ALS. Her beautiful, loving spirit always shines on in the family and friends she left behind and in the OC AIDS Memorial Quilt panels that are on display at AIDS Walk Orange County again this year.
The AIDS Memorial Tent will be open to all walk participants as a quiet place to reflect on all those we have lost to this disease and to contemplate the challenges that lie ahead in the fight against AIDS.
For more information about the OC Memorial Quilt Panels and the AIDS Memorial Tent, please contact Sarah Kasman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following is a list of AIDS Walk-related events that either benefit the walk itself or benefit a recipient agency walk team. All events are open to the public.
There are no related events at this time.
You’ve just walked or ran 5km. It’s nearly lunch time. What should you do?
Well, there’s no need to leave. AIDS Walk has got your needs covered with the Food Festival opening at 10:30 am right in the heart of the William R. Mason Regional Park!
We are working hard to put together a great selection of food vendors. Please check back for updates.
All proceeds from the sale of food tickets benefit AIDS Walk Orange County.
17982 Sky Park Circle, Ste J
Irvine, CA 92614-6482
17972 Sky Park Circle, Ste D
Irvine, CA 92614-6482
M-F 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
2708 Westminster Avenue, Ste 110
Santa Ana, CA 92706
M-W 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sat 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.