The annual AIDS Run & Walk Chicago shifted to Soldier Field this year and certainly featured some high-profile celebrity involvement.
About 5,000 participated on Sunday morning, Sept. 30 in three eventsa 10K run, a 5K run and a 5K Walk.
"It was a fantastic event on a gorgeous day and we a raised a lot of money," said David Ernesto Munar, the president/CEO of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC).
More than 160 teams participated.
"One of the great things about this event is, it draws people from all walks of lifeteens, families, people from the workplace, church groups and more. It really is an uplifting event," Munar said.
The fundraising goal for the 2012 event is $400,000 and Munar said the event is on track to match the 2011 totals, and he will know within a week or so if it surpasses that total.
The event featured appearances by Wanda Sykes, Michael Feinstein, Adam Emil and Jamar Rogers.
"We were real excited to bring Wanda, Michael and Jamar Rogers. Their involvement is great," Munar said.
Linda Coon is the top individual fundraiser ($7,435), while Jeremy Hilborn from Chicago House ranks No. 5 ($3,516). Team Chicago House ($26,992.85) also is the run-away top fundraising team.