Actor, comedian, and long-time AIDS Walk supporter Hal Sparks (Queer as Folk), and CBS 2’s Kristine Johnson (co-anchor of CBS 2 News at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekdays) will join hundreds of key supporters, including corporate and community leaders as well as top fundraisers, to kick off the 25th annual AIDS Walk New York (AWNY), to be held in Central Park on May 16.

Sparks and Johnson will speak at this inspiring and entertaining evening, which will honor the AIDS Walk’s most dedicated participants, donors, volunteers, and sponsors.

Since 1986, AIDS Walk New York has raised more than $105 million for HIV programs and services in the tri-state area, and has grown into the largest AIDS fundraising event in the world.

In 2009 alone, 45,000 participants, many of whom were members of 2,880 corporate and community teams, raised a record sum of over $5.6 million for Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) and 50 other local AIDS service organizations. Hilary Duff recorded a special PSA for the 2009 event.

Other organizations to benefit include God's Love We Deliver, LIFEbeat, Keep A Child Alive, Friends In Deed and many more.

Chris Borger (“Finian’s Rainbow” on Broadway, “Disney’s Lion King” national tour), who performed with the Harlem Boys Choir at President Barack Obama’s inauguration, will sing “Here’s Where I Stand” from the motion picture, “Camp.” Borger was also featured as one of the models in this year’s AIDS Walk “I Walk Because…” marketing campaign.

To find out more about how you can take part, click here.

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