CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The 2015 AIDS Walk Charlotte will be held on May 2, 10 a.m., starting at Gateway Village Promenade, 800 W. Trade St.

This annual event raises monies for the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN) so that they can provide compassionate care, education and leadership development or those affected by HIV/AIDS.

Participants will traverse Uptown Charlotte along a two-mile route. Estimates by organizers top the 2,000 mark for 2015.

Adults, children and pets are all welcome to join in the celebration.

Individuals and teams, as well as those who wish to join an existing team, can visit the event website to register.

Check-in and registration will be at 8 a.m., followed by a morning program and award at 9:30 p.m. The closing ceremony will take place at 11 a.m.

Awards and recognition go to Top Community Fundraising Team; Top Corporate Fundraising Team; Top Congregational Fundraising Team; Jordan Mitzel Award (Top Individual Fundraiser); Best Youth Team; and Glam Squad Award (Best Team Spirit).

Fundraisers receive points for their efforts until April 29 at which time they may exchange them for prizes based upon points collected. Included are an official AIDS Walk Charlotte T-shirt, “Be Brave” water bottle, I + CLT baseball cap, collectable souvenir pin, 14-karate gold plastic crown, social media shout out and express check in.

Donations are also being accepted. And, many corporations are participating in a matching gifts program. The list is available online.

Warm-up entertainment will be provided by Queen City DanceOut.

Kiss 95.1 FM, Wells Fargo, WPEG 98 FM and WCCB are the presenting sponsors.

info: aidswalkcharlotte.org.

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