SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — As many as 25,000 people were expected to gather in Golden Gate Park Sunday morning to take part in the city’s 25th annual AIDS Walk San Francisco.

Since the first AIDS Walk in 1987, more than $74 million has been raised for Bay Area HIV/AIDS service organizations, according to official totals released by organizers.

Total donations collected by this year’s volunteers, sponsors and participants will be announced at about 2:30 p.m. at a post-walk celebration at Sharon Meadow, where the 6.2-mile walk begins and ends.

More than $3 million was raised at the event in 2010.

Opening ceremony speakers will include San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, actress Cloris Leachman, and actor Alan Cumming.

Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, city Treasurer Jose Cisneros and
Supervisors David Chiu, Ross Mirkarimi and Scott Wiener are also expected to attend.

The opening ceremony is scheduled to begin at 9:45 a.m., with walkers departing at about 10:45 a.m.

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