In my opening remarks at this year’s AIDS Walk Delaware in Rehoboth Beach, I quoted Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” The Rehoboth AIDS Walk proved that to be true. Our walkers raised more than $25,000 for HIV/AIDS services throughout that state, and combined with the Wilmington AIDS Walk, we raised nearly $100,000.
I want to thank everyone that helped this year, particularly Jimmy Windsor and Windsor’s for donating the red carnations, Sharon Messina for providing musical entertainment, Rebekah Parsons and Orasure Technologies, as well as McCrery and Harra Funeral Homes, for providing refreshments, Walgreens for being our primary corporate sponsor, Hugh Fuller and the Purple Parrot Restaurant for donating gift certificates for our top-earning Walkers, and Fran Agresta, Judy Carey, George Cheatwood, Ken Mahan, Bob Raup, Brett Svensson, Haley Truitt, and Sharyn Warwick for their hands-on help that day. My biggest shout-out goes to the many Walkers who “talk the talk and walk the Walk.” On behalf of AIDS Delaware and the Delaware HIV Consortium, I salute you! And I hope we see you again next year.
Glen C. Pruitt
Rehoboth AIDS Walk