AIDS Walk South Dallas holds its kickoff party on Friday, Oct. 12, in the Foundation Room at House of Blues, Community Unity Respect Education, Inc. co-founder Roseann Rosetti said.
This will be the first opportunity for walkers to register. Sponsors and vendors may also sign up, and the group is looking for volunteers.
The walk has been reorganized with C.U.R.E., a Plano-based AIDS organization, as the event organizer. Auntjuan Wiley continues as the event coordinator.
AIDS Walk South Dallas is trying to bounce back from a scandal that tarnished the event last year. The Anthony Chisom Foundation, which organized the 2012 walk, had its nonprofit status revoked and failed to release an accounting from the event or provide funds to beneficiaries.
This year, C.U.R.E. will not benefit from money collected but will grant money to AIDS organizations working in South Dallas after the walk.
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available at the House of Blues kickoff party. A $20 donation automatically enters participants into a drawing for three hours of general housecleaning courtesy of Quantas Commercial Services.
AIDS Walk South Dallas takes place March 16 from St. Philip’s School and Community Center, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in South Dallas near Fair Park.
Kick off Party: House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., Oct. 12. 5-8 p.m.
UPDATE: Wiley sent the following message on Oct. 19:
Due to the overwhelming response, capacity and Texas/OU Weekend, the House of Blues has requested that we reschedule the AIDS Walk South Dallas launch party. The rescheduled date will be confirmed today but it looks like it will be next Friday, Oct. 19. They are also requesting that we come up with a RSVP process to guarantee adequate space. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
— David Taffet