GLASS Participates in the AIDS Walk

House, Senate and Library of Congress LGBT Staff Organizations Compete for Charity

LGBT CSA, GLASS, and LC Globe raise more than $5,000 for AIDS Walk Washington

Braving the cold temperatures and rain that poured throughout the event, representatives from the LGBT Congressional Staff Association and the Gay, Lesbian and Allies Senate Staff Caucus (GLASS) marched as a bi-cameral group down Pennsylvania Avenue , from Freedom Plaza to U.S. Capitol and back in the 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) event.

In addition to the walk, the organizations had challenged each other for several months to see who could raise the most money for the event. They were joined in healthy competition by members of the LC Globe, the gay and lesbian employee association at the Library of Congress.

In the end, the three organizations enlisted 30 people to help raise a combined $5858.96 – money that will benefit D.C.’s Whitman-Walker Health, an organization that provides care to people infected with HIV and AIDS.

Brock Thompson led his organization’s efforts and raised more than $2,000 alone. “The LC GLOBE was happy and proud to participate in the AIDS Walk. It was a true honor to join up with our Hill counterparts and do something for this city’s most needy.”

According to the Whitman-Walker Health clinic, about 3 percent of the District’s population over the age of 12 has HIV or AIDS – a figure that is one of the highest rates in the nation and above the 1% health experts classify as a generalized and severe epidemic for a major city.

Jeffrey Levensaler, Outreach Chair for GLASS, has been doing volunteer work for HIV/AIDS for more than 20 twenty years, including two years as chair of the AIDS Walk in Portland , Maine . “Despite the weather, it was great to be with friends and colleagues to support this vital cause. All these years later I am still hoping for the day when we have a cure.”

This was the 25th anniversary of the AIDS Walk in Washington , D.C. , and organizers estimate they will meet their goal of raising more than $1 million – the first time that amount has been reached since 1999.

“This was truly a team effort, and everyone, including LC GLOBE, GLASS, the LGBT CSA, and the Whitman-Walker clinic, were all winners,” said Suzanne Sable Beall of the LGBT CSA.

While the LGBT CSA has brought in more money since the challenge began, GLASS recruited double the number of participants who both raised funds and walked on the day of the event.

“We are very proud of our GLASS members who recruited their friends, raised money, and showed the dedication by getting up so early and slugging through the cold rain to support such an important cause,” said Michael DiNapoli, Social Chair and organizer of the GLASS contingent.

Donations can still be made to AIDS Walk Washington through Dec. 31. Links to the individual team pages can be found below.

  • Gay, Lesbian and Allies Senate Staff Caucus (GLASS), as of 10/31/11
  • 20 Members
  • Total Raised $2,604.07
  • Team page: http://bit.ly/tqqvIW
  • LGBT Congressional Staff Association, as of 10/31/11
  • (includes Library of Congress GLOBE)
  • 10 Members
  • Total Raised $3,254.89
  • Team page: http://bit.ly/vJzgZV

For more information about the 25th Annual AIDS Walk Washington , visit:

http://www.aidswalkwashington.org/

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