Annual Aids walk raises $3.5 million

July 19, 2009 6:05:00 PM PDT
People gave less to Aids Walk San Francisco this year but that did not stop the same number of people from lacing up their shoes to raise money for the annual event Sunday.

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Some 25,000 people took part in the 23rd annual event in Golden Gate Park. It was a beautiful day and participants were determined to raise money for this event, especially with state budget cuts looming.

"I'm walking to support San Francisco Aids Foundation and all the wonderful organizations working to cure HIV and aids in San Francisco. It's going amazing. I love it. The crowd is just so supportive and we have good energy going on, and there's good music and we're just having a good time," said participant Tera Medve.

Last year, the walk raised $4.5 million. This year, it $3.5 million.

Organizers say they anticipated the decrease, but they are pleased the same number of walkers took part in the event.

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