For 22 years, Chattanooga CARES’s largest fundraiser Strides of March has been pulling together Chattanoogans to raise money and awareness to fight HIV. This year the Strides of March AIDS Walk will be held on Saturday, March 25. The event will take place at Blue Goose Hollow Trailhead located off Riverfront Parkway at 876 W 9th Street. Nick Lutsko and the Gimmix will kick-off at 6 pm. There will be food trucks, beer, and several vendors. Participants will be given illuminated red paper lanterns to carry as they walk.
There is no fee for the walk, however, participants are encouraged to collect donations. This can be done online at my.chattanoogacares.org/strides. Participants will be given the option to create their own individual or team fundraising webpage, which can then help them raise money for the event.
Chattanooga CARES serves the primary care needs of more than 700 HIV positive clients in the greater Chattanooga area and provides education and testing to more than 20,000 people in 23 counties, each year, in Southeast Tennessee. CARES’s mission is to reach, assist, and support people impacted by HIV, Hepatitis C, and STIs through compassionate and responsive delivery of education, health, social, and advocacy related services. For more information on Chattanooga CARES visit www.chattanoogacares.org.
About Nick Lutsko & the Gimmix
Nick Lutsko was born in Orlando, FL, and his father’s job brought him to Chattanooga when he was seven years old. Lutsko graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commercial Songwriting. He spent his time in Middle Tennessee writing, producing and performing music – including a writers’ round at Nashville’s world famous Bluebird Cafe. In early 2014, Lutsko hit the road to showcase his highly acclaimed debut album, Heart of Mold.
Lutsko released his sophomore record Etc. in the spring of 2015 and exchanged his rustic roots for an eclectic mix of funk, folk, psychedelia, indie-rock, pop, and blues. Although Nick wrote, produced, and performed the entire record himself, he needed a full band to execute the songs in a live setting. Lutsko’s band – dressed in homemade puppet costumes – have helped him deliver great original alternative rock with an unusual tinge of whimsy and humor.