First Frost fundraiser for ACR Health

WATERTOWN, NY — The 19th Annual “First Frost” Walk, held Sunday at the Thompson Park Zoo and Conservancy in Watertown, turned into a real walk on the wild side, taking place entirely within the grounds of the New York State Zoo.

This presented a special treat for families with young children who received an all-day pass to the zoo along with their First Frost registration fee.  Previous First Frost events stretched mostly through Thompson Park.

Zoo Marketing Director Debbie Bleier welcomed the First Frost because it exposed the public to this Watertown treasure of nature: reptiles, birds, cougars, ravens, and wolverines.  “The First Frost is a great opportunity for us to partner with community organizations.  Our goal is to increase these collaborations.”

The First Frost Walk is ACR Health’s largest outreach and fundraising event in the North Country.  It continues 19 years of supporting HIV/AIDS prevention programming in Northern New York, and help ACR Health lead the charge for LGBTQ equality and the fight against addiction and poverty.

“We can’t thank you enough for supporting our lifesaving work,” said ACR Health Executive Director, Wil Murtaugh. “AIDS was an epidemic 19 years ago when the First Frost started.  While HIV remains a threat despite recent progress, we face new epidemics of addiction and poverty, along with HIV/AIDS.  All of these must be addressed for our community to succeed and thrive.”

100% of the money raised in the First Frost Walk goes to support ACR Health’s Q Center, youth HIV/STD prevention programs, and client support services in Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, and St. Lawrence counties.