Kelly Gaule, a Winthrop resident for eight years, and a nonprofit fundraiser for about twice that time, has a personal goal: â€œI have buried more people who have died of AIDS than any other cause and until the balance shifts, I wonâ€™t stop giving to this cause,â€ she says.
Gaule, 46, works as the development director for the AIDS Action Committee, where she has overseen production of AIDS Walk Boston, which takes place this year Sunday, June 6, for the last five years. During her tenure, the Walk has raised about $5.5 million to fund HIV/AIDS client services, policy work, and AIDS education, prevention, and outreach to people vulnerable to HIV infection.
In addition to giving professionally, Gaule also gives personally. She is captain of Kellyâ€™s Heroes, a group of about eight walkers that also includes Gauleâ€™s partner, Julie Clark. Last year Kellyâ€™s Heroes raised $3,000 for AIDS Action. This year, the teamâ€™s goal is $5,000.
Before working for AIDS Action, Gaule raised money for the Boston Living Center, a community and resource center for people living with HIV and AIDS. A number of colleagues and former colleagues from both organizations also live in Winthrop. â€œItâ€™s a wonderful, tight-knit community. Itâ€™s a very welcoming community and for me it exemplifies the theme of the AIDS Walk, which is â€œFrom all walks of life,â€ Gaule says. â€œThe influence of the Italian families that settled in Winthrop is evident, which is why youâ€™ll find the best eggplant parmesan sandwiches here. But itâ€™s a place where people know their neighbors and really care about each other. I love it.â€
If you want to donate money to Kellyâ€™s Heroes, please visit AIDSWalkBoston.org and click on â€œdonate,â€ and then search for â€œKellyâ€™s Team.â€ If you want to join Kellyâ€™s Heroes and the 15,000 others who will be walking June 6, just show up at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade in Boston that morning. Registration and check-in begins at 7:30 a.m.; the Walk begins at 10 a.m.