The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) announced that award-winning actress and singer Jane Lynch will be Honorary Chair of the 28th annual AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run. The event takes place Oct. 7 at the Summerfest Grounds.
“I am proud to join the impressive history of celebrity chairs of this great event,” Lynch said. “But what excites me even more is the chance to help our friends and neighbors in the fight against AIDS in Wisconsin. I hope that my role as Honorary Chair brings visibility to the fact that this sort of event is still needed. There’s great risk, it seems to me, when the fight against HIV grows increasingly invisible.”
“Jane Lynch has spent much time outside of her career encouraging leadership and rewarding people who give back,” said ARCW President and CEO Mike Gifford. “We are excited to add Honorary Chair to her list of titles.”
Lynch is well-known for her role as the cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester in the television show Glee, and currently as the television host of Hollywood Game Night. She spent 15 years of her early career in Chicago acting in the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and The Second City. Her stage work led her to film work, including the Christopher Guest movies Best In Show and A Mighty Wind, as well as parts in films such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. She also played Julia Child’s sister in the film Julie and Julia. Lynch made her Broadway debut as Miss Hannigan in the revival of Annie in 2013.
Lynch has served as host of VH1’s DoSomething Awards, which celebrated and encouraged young people to become active citizens and leaders while also making community involvement fun. She received an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts in 2012 from Smith College.
Over the past 27 years, more than 126,000 registrants have participated in AIDS Walk Wisconsin raising more than $12.7 million. One hundred percent of the pledges raised from AIDS Walk Wisconsin stayed in Wisconsin to benefit people living with HIV in the state.
“The demands of the AIDS epidemic are at an all-time high,” said Gifford. “More people than ever before are living with HIV in our state and many of them are confronting this expensive disease while living in deep poverty and increased economic uncertainty. AIDS Walk Wisconsin and 5K Run shows our patients that our participants, our core of fundraisers, continue to make the difference in their lives so they have somewhere to turn to for care and treatment to live long and healthy lives with HIV.”
The walk is free, and there is a $30 registration fee for the 5K run. Registrants who raise pledges will win prizes.Rregistration is avaiable online at aidswalkwis.org or by phone at 800-348-9255.