The COVID-19 pandemic "is at once unprecedented and strangely familiar," said AIDS Walk San Francisco founder Craig Miller in announcing that the July 19 event, usually held at Golden Gate Park, will instead move online. (Photo courtesy of AIDS Walk San Francisco)

With ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic forcing many organizations to alter planned public events this spring and summer, sponsors of the annual AIDS Walk San Francisco have announced that this year’s walk will be presented as an interactive streaming event online.

The annual fundraising event, which usually takes place in Golden Gate Park, will remain on its scheduled date of July 19, organizers AIDS Walk San Francisco Foundation and nonprofit partner organization PRC announced Wednesday. To date, the groups have raised more than $344,250 for the event.

“For those who were part of the early response to the AIDS epidemic, the COVID-19 pandemic is at once unprecedented and strangely familiar,” AWSF founder Craig Miller said.

“The funds raised through this event support thousands of San Francisco residents living with HIV/AIDS. This population is one that is also particularly susceptible to respiratory infections such as COVID-19, so we stand ready to support our friends and neighbors so directly imperiled by this health scare, as is our legacy,” Miller said.

PRC, formerly known as the Positive Resource Center and the current AWSF 2020 Community Grants Program administrator, plans to announce the criteria and selection process later this year for organizations that will benefit from the AIDS Walk.

Residents can sign up for the event or donate at the AWSF website.

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