AIDS Walk San Francisco Only Weeks Away

UCSF Team Hopes to Meet its Fundraising Goal

UCSF's team poses for a photo

UCSF's team poses for a photo before the 2011 AIDS Walk San Francisco.

UCSF, which is always in the top 10 fundraising teams in AIDS Walk San Francisco, will have to step it up to achieve its "gold team" status in the annual walk through Golden Gate Park, which is only days away on Sunday, July 15.

AIDS Walk San Francisco benefits San Francisco AIDS Foundation and HIV/AIDS programs and services throughout the Bay Area, incuding some at UCSF.

As of July 2, the health sciences university has raised about $18,500, according to the team roster on the AIDS Walk San Francisco website. That list accounts for only credit card charges and excludes cash and check donations.

That leaves UCSF well short of its lofty goal of raising $55,000 this year. Notably, other AIDS Walk San Francisco "gold teams" are also lagging behind. Corporate sponsor, Gap Inc., for example has raised just over $16,000, according to the website.

The UCSF AIDS Walk Steering Committee has set a goal to raise $55,000 this year or $5,000 more than its goal last year. In 2011, UCSF finished in third place overall among dozens of teams participating in the annual event in Golden Gate Park.

The top three individual fundraisers will receive Macy's gift cards in the amount of $250 for first place, $150 for second place and $100 for third place.

As an extra incentive to those who contribute at least $25, UCSF will give away the official 2012 UCSF AIDS Walk T-shirt designed by graphic artist, Tony Taliaferro of University Relations. This year, Taliaferro's design features a colorful parade of people in full stride.

And as usual, those who walk or volunteer at the UCSF station in Sharon Meadows will be treated to breakfast and lunch. Breakfast consists of a selection of Peasant Pies. For lunch, walkers can enjoy a bag lunch by Courtyard Caffe that includes a choice of four delicious sandwiches: Brie, Apple and Fig, Veggie Italiano, Roasted Chicken Breast and Turkey Cranberry. Each bag lunch comes with a drink, fresh whole fruit and a cookie.

All event participants can park at the UCSF public parking garage for a set rate of $7.