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Powerhouse vocalist and “The Voice” runner-up, Meghan Linsey has been announced as the Nashville AIDS Walk and 5K Run honorary chair at this year’s annual event. The 25th Annual Nashville AIDS Walk and 5K Run is Tennessee’s oldest continuously running HIV/AIDS fundraiser and one of the city’s highest profile events. This year’s goal is to raise $240,000 to help end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Middle Tennessee.


The event takes place on Saturday, October 1 at Public Square Park. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. followed by Linsey’s performance of the national anthem to kick-off the walk followed by a short performance to send off the walkers at 11 a.m. The fundraiser is a family-oriented team walk and timed 5K run that gathers participants from all parts of the community. Businesses, civic clubs, churches, friends and families walk or run while celebrating the vital role that Nashville CARES plays in ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Middle Tennessee.

 Meghan Linsey shares her enthusiasm, “I am so excited and honored to be named Grand Marshall of this year’s Nashville AIDS Walk. I have close friends living with HIV and am grateful for the support that Nashville CARES provides to those individuals. The education and awareness that Nashville CARES provides is essential for prevention and I am so proud to be a part of it.”
The Impact Nashville CARES has had on the area has been tremendous since it began in 1985. “[The run] has become an institution in Nashville and not only raises money to help Nashville CARES’ work to prevent HIV infections and serve those living with it,” said Doug Alexander, Chief Development Officer, “but it also raises awareness that HIV is still an issue right here in Middle Tennessee.”


This year’s talented honorary chair for the run has achieved chart-topping success as one half of the ACM and CMA-nominated duo, Steel Magnolia, prior to finishing runner-up on season eight of NBC’s “The Voice” where she mesmerized viewers with her passionate performances and powerhouse vocals. The soulful songstress effortlessly combines country, soul, rock and blues and has been praised by Rolling Stone as having a “captivating sound that has seemingly no ceiling to its range!” Linsey independently released her EP “Believer,” which shot to #6 on the overall pop iTunes albums chart.


Get to know Meghan Linsey by visiting   www.meghanlinsey.com or visiting her on social media: