(PITTSBURGH) Nov. 29, 2012 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, joined by representatives from over 30 local HIV/AIDS corporations and organizations, today announced a full line-up for the City’s fourth annual (PITTSBURGH)Red/World AIDS Day celebration, which kicks off today. Events ranging from meetings to a gala to free HIV testing – and including this Saturday’s newly added Rally and Advocates March – aim to bring awareness that HIV/AIDS is not only a national issue, but one that affects Pittsburgh’s residents and neighbors.
“This annual celebration is a great opportunity to shed much-needed light on the importance of HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and here in Pittsburgh,” Ravenstahl said. “In the Pittsburgh region, more than 3,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS, and that number continues to increase. Oftentimes, people don’t even realize that they are infected. (PITTSBURGH)RED provides the ideal platform to learn more, get tested and reach out to those affected by HIV/AIDS.”
The Mayor encourages all residents to wear red or a red ribbon this week to show their support. Local companies and organizations have organized visual displays, educational components and free HIV testing throughout the week. Partner organizations, including Starbucks’ Downtown and east End locations, have distributed 20,000 educational cards with removable red wearable ribbons. As in recent years, the Pittsburgh skyline will light up red as the Highmark spire atop Fifth Avenue Place, the BNY Mellon sign, The Gulf Tower and Bakery Square lights all turn red in honor of World AIDS Day.
New to the event line-up this year is a free Rally and Advocates March that will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. in Carnegie Mellon University’s Dohorty Hall, Room 2210. Emceed by Rosemary Welch from WYEP, speakers will include Mayor Ravenstahl, Stuart Fisk from the Positive Health Clinic, and HIV/AIDS activists Pamela Smith from Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force and Branden Mikal Dudek from Persad. The March starts at 6:30 p.m. at the corner of Forbes & Morewood Avenues and will proceed down Forbes Ave. to the William Pitt Union, where there will be free HIV testing, music, giveaways, food and drink, and informational tables by various student and HIV/AIDS organizations.
This is the fourth year that Mayor Ravenstahl has led the (PITTSBURGH)Red initiative, whose goal is to bring awareness that HIV/AIDS is still very much a disease that affects all residents, locally and nationally. The Pittsburgh campaign began when U2 lead singer Bono asked mayors from across the U.S. – including Mayor Ravenstahl – to light a local landmark red on World AIDS Day. The iconic Highmark spire on top of Fifth Avenue Place was selected. Since then, at the Mayor’s request, the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh has organized the local campaign annually.
Below is the celebration’s full line-up of events:
Thursday, November 29
1 to 6 p.m.
10 p.m. to midnight
Friday, November 30
9 to 11 p.m.
8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturday, December 1
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
7 to 10 p.m.
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
For more information, visit pittsburghred.org.
(PITTSBURGH) RED PARTNERS INCLUDE:
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2626 | facsimile: 412-255-2687