This week (March 13), AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the world’s largest non-profit HIV/AIDS service organization, is partnering with multi-award-winning rapper Flo Rida for the 18th Annual AIDS Walk & Musicfest.
Internationally acclaimed rapper, singer, and composer Flo Rida has been a staple in the top 10 of the U.S. music charts since launching his career in 2008 with his breakout single “Low.” The Carol City native has sold more than 80 million records worldwide. His catalog includes the international hit singles “Right Round,” “Club Can’t Handle Me,” “Good Feeling,” “Wild Ones,” “Whistle,” “G.D.F.R.” and “My House.”
“We are incredibly excited to have Flo Rida to join us as the headline performer for this year’s event,” said Michael Kahane, Southern Bureau Chief for AIDS Healthcare Foundation. “He previously has been involved with the event and is an amazing spokesperson in helping both to raise funds for our beneficiaries as well as raise awareness of the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS on the South Florida community.”
The annual, spring break event attracts more than 2,000 attendees and raises approximately $2 million for 12 local, non-profit organizations providing HIV/AIDS services in the South Florida community, the epicenter of the epidemic nationally. The event also will feature resource booths sharing information on an array of health and wellness services, children’s games, food trucks, and other family-focused activities. To close out the action-packed experience, the music festival will showcase the electrifying sounds of singer/songwriter and international DJ, DJ Citizen Jane.
WHAT: 18th Annual AIDS Walk & Musicfest hosted by AHF and presented by Wells Fargo and AHF Pharmacy, a national chain of pharmacies supporting US & global HIV care.
WHEN: Saturday, March 18, 2023
TIME: 8am – Site opens
9:15am – Formal ceremony
10am – Walk starts
11:30am – Music Festival starts
2pm – Event concludes
WHERE: Fort Lauderdale Beach
1100 Seabreeze Blvd
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
2023 BENEFICIARIES: Afro Pride Federation, Aqua, Broward House, Equality Florida, Latinos Salud, The Pride Center at Equality Park, Pridelines, Safe Schools South Florida, SAVE.LGBT, SunServe, Transinclusive, and World AIDS Museum and Educational Center.
About HIV/AIDS in Florida: according to recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
- Florida ranks in the top five states in the number of new HIV diagnoses.
- Three Florida cities made the nation’s top 15 when it comes to the number of people living with HIV. Miami is at the top of the list. Jacksonville and Orlando hold the 10th and 11th spots, respectively.
- Miami-Dade and Broward counties ranked top in the state for new HIV diagnoses.