Yep, Lynda Carter will serve as Grand Marshal this Saturday of the 24th annual AIDS Walk Washington. The star of that fab ’70s TV show, Wonder Woman, is this year’s celebrity walk marshal.
For our younger readers, Wikipedia notes that the show “starred Lynda Carter as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman and Lyle Waggoner as Steve Trevor.” Wonder Woman ran three seasons, 1976 to 1979, on ABC. Here area a couple of YouTube clips (this one has the “spin” transformation). And, she could deflect bullets!
Her appearance is for a very good cause: The 5K AIDS Walk Washington provides funds for HIV services and treatment at Whitman Walker Clinic, a non-profit health care provider. Its main office is here in our neighborhood, at 14th and R NW, with a satellite office in Southeast DC. An estimated 3% of DC’s population is living with HIV–approximately 18,000 people.
The AIDS Walk begins and ends this Saturday, October 2, at Freedom Plaza (14th and Pennsylvania NW). Kick off time for the walk is 9:15 am for the 5K course;the route map is available in PDF. Full details below.
Three Ways to Help
You can support Whitman Walker and the AIDS Walk Washington in one of three ways:
AIDS Walk Information
- What: 24th annual AIDS Walk Washington to benefit HIV/AIDS services of Whitman-Walker Clinic. The 5K walk and run will begin and end at Freedom Plaza, follow Pennsylvania Avenue and cross the National Mall.
- Who: Walk Grand Marshal Lynda Carter; DC elected officials; Whitman-Walker Clinic Executive Director Don Blanchon; and thousands of walkers and volunteers from across the DC metropolitan area. NBC4 Anchor Craig Melvin will emcee. The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington will perform the national anthem. Local recording artist Peter Fox will perform the world live debut of his single “Change the World” to benefit AIDS Walk. The National Danish Performance Team and Kaution Dance Kru will perform in the post-Walk program.
- Why: To raise funds for Whitman-Walker Clinic and the direct services it provides to people affected by HIV/AIDS.
- Where: Walk begins and ends at Freedom Plaza, 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
- When: Opening ceremony begins at 8:15 am. The 5K timed run starts at 9:00 am. The walk steps off at 9:15 am.
- Background: More than three percent of the DC population is living with HIV. One in every seven gay or bisexual men in DC is living with HIV. To date, more than 4,000 individuals have registered to participate. Whitman-Walker Clinic’s annual Courage Award will be presented as part of the pre-Walk ceremony. The award is presented to individuals who have displayed strength and bravery while living with HIV/AIDS.