About Festival For Life

For over thirty years, thousands of people from across Colorado have joined together as a community to raise money for organizations that provide critical services to people living with or at risk of acquiring HIV.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this is the first year Festival For Life will go virtual. The event will still feature a traditional 5K Walk & Run that participants can complete on their own schedules by running or walking between August 15 and September 4 then uploading their time into the race registration site for judging, or sharing photos from their 5K walk to the event’s social media page.

To compete in the virtual Diva Dash, an annual tradition of a high-heeled sprint race, contestants must film and submit a thirty-second video of their Dash by August 10. These videos will be judged by a special celebrity guest panel and ranked according to the participants’ Style, Skill, and Swagger. The top three videos will be aired during the event program on Saturday, August 15, with the overall winner announced at that time.

As part of the day’s storied tradition, we will display panels from The NAMES Project – AIDS Memorial Quilt, an act of remembrance for all affected by HIV/AIDS. Pending permission from the city, this quilt ceremony will take place Friday, August 14 at the Cheesman Park Pavilion with an additional viewing time on Saturday, August 15. However, if we are unable to host this in person due to social gathering limitations, we may need to adjust these plans as well.

About Colorado Health Network

Colorado Health Network (CHN) is a statewide organization serving over 5,000 individuals annually who are living with HIV, as well as reaching over 12,000 individuals at risk of acquiring HIV through prevention and education programs. Direct services are provided via offices located in Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, Greeley, and Pueblo.

CHN services include medical and oral health care, behavioral health counseling, insurance, housing and transportation assistance, case management, and nutrition services. CHN also provides HIV, Hepatitis C, and STI testing as well as specific education and prevention programs. Each support maintains CHN’s vision to meet the evolving needs of individuals living with and at risk for HIV with the ultimate goal of empowering clients to make healthier choices, increase their stability, and access the care they need to live enhanced, healthier lives.

By joining us at FFL, you have the power to impact thousands of lives!

How do Festival For Life funds help the HIV community?

Funds raised from FFL go to CHN and other HIV organizations throughout Colorado. Here are just some of the ways your donations make an impact at CHN:

  • $25 provides 10 high-quality, nutritious meals in the Food Bank.
  • $50 covers a client for 1 month of transportation costs to access medical and counseling appointments.
  • $100 makes it possible to provide 1,000 new, sterile syringes through the Access Point program.
  • $250 covers the cost of 20 HIV tests through HeyDenver or the CHN offices.
  • $500 provides 24 counseling sessions to someone struggling with a new HIV diagnosis.
  • $750 makes it possible to connect 20 individuals with medical insurance.
  • $1,000 provides 5 clients with an emergency dental visit with limited treatment.

Have questions or need more information?

Call or email the Development team!
For media inquiries call 303.962.5316

Please send written correspondence to:
Colorado Health Network
Festival For Life
6260 East Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220


Thank you to our 2020 Festival For Life Sponsors!

CHN will be closed to the public on Wednesdays for in-person services. Remote services will still be available.