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ROYAL OAK –
The streets and sidewalks of downtown Royal Oak were full of walkers against HIV/AIDS Sunday. About 2,500 people participated in the 2012 AIDS Walk Detroit on a beautiful Sunday morning.
The total raised was about $175,000, according to Maxwell Cameron, director of development of Health Emergency Lifeline Programs, the parent agency for the walk project.
“Our corporate sponsorship was up almost 30 percent over last year, which gave us a huge boost to the event,” said Cameron. The four largest, gold sponsors were Best Buy, Future Help Designs who designed the app for the event, Delta Airlines and Genesis Credit Union.
Cameron said that the total raised may exceed $200,000, once all the funds are tallied. He explained that the funds are then distributed in two ways. First, agencies can sign up their own walk teams and all the proceeds from that team goes directly to that agency. Cameron estimated that about $70,000 was raised by the individual agency teams. The remaining funds are then distributed through a grant making process, with most of the awards announced by Dec. 1.