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AIDS Walk Atlanta Nabs A-List Headliner for 30th Annual Event

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Organizers hope the event will bring in $1 million to local groups working with those living with HIV. 

Rapper and The Fast and the Furious star Ludacris will join R&B singer Sevyn Streeter as a headliner for the 30th annual AIDS Walk Atlanta & Music Fest at Atlanta’s Piedmont Park September 25.

The event, produced by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and presented by the AHF Pharmacy, often sees thousands in attendance. It will start with a 5K run and walk before a free concert in the evening, according to a press release.

Atlanta is home to 70 percent of those living with HIV in Georgia. Organizers behind the event are setting a goal of raising $1 million, a year after it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The money raised, according to the release, will be divided among 10 nonprofit organizations in the Atlanta area that work with people living with HIV. The funding will be unrestricted, so the organizations will be able to apply the money to areas where it’s needed most.

“This annual event offers a time to create a greater awareness of the impact of HIV and AIDS on the local Atlanta community as well as an opportunity to bring together thousands of individuals from across the region to raise critical funds for these 10 worthy organizations,” said Dawn Averill, AHF Atlanta regional director.

“AHF is proud to present this event as one of the many ways that we educate and empower the local community to join the fight against HIV and AIDS,” Averill added.

The announcement of headliners Ludacris, who is from Atlanta, and Streeter comes after backlash against rapper DaBaby for making homophobic comments and spreading lies about HIV during a July music festival in Miami. Celebrities — including Elton John, Madonna, and Dua Lipa — and organizations have condemned the remarks. Many of DaBaby’s appearances have been canceled as a result.

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