Tonight’s Local Feature is brought to us by LGBTQ partners South Florida Gay News. An event two years in the making finally stepped off Saturday morning at South Fort Lauderdale Beach. The Florida AIDS Walk & Music Festival returned after being canceled last year due to the pandemic. Hundreds of loyal and excited walkers showed up ready to restart the event. The walk raised more than two million dollars, blowing past its goal of $1.5 million. The COVID crisis has dominated headlines this past year and charitable donations have gone down. Despite those extra challenges, Imara Canady with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation told SFGN that he’s glad people haven’t lost sight of the ongoing need for HIV/AIDS funding. He said “As we transition into society’s ‘new normal,’ we are so pleased that the community remains committed to supporting the fight against HIV and AIDS throughout South Florida.” Performers included Deep Fried Funk Bank, hip-hop legend Trina and icon Lil’ Kim. Money raised from the event benefits several South Florida organizations, including The Pride Center at Equality Park, Equality Florida Institute, and SunServe. Terry Dyer, SunServe’s director of Development, said he couldn’t be happier. He said “After such a trying year, it was wonderful to get together, walk, celebrate, and raise important funds. Our hats off to [the AHF] team for organizing a pandemic safe exciting event. The fight to bring awareness and raise funds to end the epidemic of HIV/AIDS continues.” This week’s South Florida Gay News is on stands now, and we encourage our viewers to pick up a copy to learn about life in the Gayest Place on Planet Earth.