1986 First AIDS Walk Boston, then named “From All Walks of Life”, is held on Boston Common. The song “That’s What Friends are For,” popularized by Dionne Warwick, becomes the Walk’s signature anthem, and has been sung at every Walk since the beginning.
1988 The Walk grosses over $1 million: 12,000 walkers participated and raised $1.3 million.
1988 “That’s What Friends are For” is simulcast live on over 15 radio stations across Massachusetts in honor of the Walk.
1993 The Walk has its biggest year ever, as 35,000 dedicated participants raised more than $3 million for AIDS Action.
1994 “From All Walks of Life” is officially renamed “AIDS Walk Boston”.
1997 The location of AIDS Walk Boston is moved from the Common to the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Esplanade.
1997 Information about the Walk is posted online for the first time.
2001 A 5K Run is added to the Walk, allowing those who prefer to run an opportunity to show their support.
2001 The Walk website, www.aidswalkboston.org is launched and online donations are accepted.
2005 On the 20th Anniversary of the Walk, the “From All Walks of Life” brand and four faces logo are reintroduced.
2005 The Health and Wellness Fair, soon to be renamed the Wellness Festival, makes its debut to promote healthy living for all participants.
2009 A record number of gifts are received in support of the Walk.
2010 AIDS Walk Boston marks its 25th anniversary by introducing the theme "Love Hope Honor Action."
2012 The 5K Run sees a record number of participants, with more than 800 individuals participating.
2013 AIDS Action formed a strategic alliance with Fenway Health that will allow the two organizations to work more closely together and improve delivery of care and services to people living with HIV/AIDS.
2014 The 5K Run advances with chip timing to further appeal to an ever growing runner community.
2015 AIDS Walk Boston & 5K Run marks its 30th year.