Published on May 20, 2012 by aidswalknewyork
Nick Jonas and Michael Urie, two of the amazing celebrities at AIDS Walk New York 2012, speaking at the Opening Ceremony. Follow us on Twitter: @AIDSWalkNY
Nick Jonas At AIDS Walk New York: Teen Heartthrob Hits The Streets With Michael Urie, Nick Adams And Wendy Williams
This year’s AIDS Walk New York (AWNY) shone a little brighter this year with the help of a Jonas brother.
Just before wrapping his run in the Broadway revival of “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying,” Nick Jonas took to the streets of Manhattan early Sunday to participate in annual event. Joining the 19-year-old heartthrob for the 10-kilometer walk was his “How To Succeed…” co-star Michael Urie (of “Ugly Betty” fame) along with TV personality Wendy Williams, hunky “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” actor Nick Adams and fashion designer Jason Wu.
“I’m here today because I know that AIDS is still a huge threat, and that young people are among those highest at risk,” Jonas told the crowd. “The only way we’re going to beat HIV is if young people are educated, protect themselves and stay involved in the fight.”
Together, Jonas and an estimated 45,000 participants helped raise an estimated $6,014,822 — among the highest sums in the event’s 27-year history, according to a press release. Still, as Williams told HuffPost Black Voices, awareness is where the fight against HIV/AIDS falls short.
“We’ve had an impact regarding awareness, but not enough of an impact,” Williams said. “Any average 17-year-old right now is not even threatened by AIDS. The big bubble of fear is trapped within a particular age group, and I don’t believe that it exists with high school kids and even some college kids.”