National fashion consultant and television personality Tim Gunn will serve as honorary chair of the 25th annual AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run on Sunday, Oct. 12.
The event, headed by the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, raises funds to support Wisconsin residents living with HIV. Fundraising is primarily driven by pledges.
In the past 25 years, more than 120,000 people have taken part in AIDS Walk Wisconsin and raised more than $11.3 million, all of which has remained in the state.
“For our 25th anniversary, we are excited to welcome everyone’s favorite fashion mentor, Tim Gunn, as our honorary chair of AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run,” said Mike Gifford, president and chief executive officer of ARCW. “We are thrilled and pleased to have him serve as our honorary chair. The fashion industry continues to be active in the fight against AIDS, and Tim Gunn is a voice of encouragement and acceptance for LGBT youth in today’s media and a tremendous support for people confronting HIV.”
Gunn is the Emmy Award-winning cohost of the reality television show “Project Runway” as well as a fashion educator and author. To advance the fundraising efforts of the AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run, he will participate in an auction that will grant the winner a private dinner with him at a Milwaukee restaurant on Saturday, Oct. 11.
“I am delighted to be named honorary chair of AIDS Walk Wisconsin, and this is tremendously meaningful to me,” Gunn said. “We need to strengthen the fight against AIDS, and I know that AIDS Walk Wisconsin will keep Wisconsin a national leader in helping people with HIV live long, healthy lives.”
Gunn adds to a lineup of high-profile event chairs. Past honorary chairs include Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun, Green Bay Packer Clay Matthews, musician Bon Iver, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Kris Barrett, and Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle and First Lady Jessica Doyle.
The 2014 AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run will be held on Summerfest Grounds along Milwaukee’s lakefront. To register for the event, visit www.aidswalkwis.org.