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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Pauley Perrette, Andrew Rannells  and Other Special Guests Join 30,000 Participants for
California’s Largest AIDS Fundraiser.

WHAT:  28th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles (AWLA)

WHEN:  Sunday, October 14, 2012
8:00 a.m.Media Check-In Open (front of stage)

*Please contact Gabriel McGowan (listed below) to reserve a media access pass.
9:00 a.m. Aerobic Warm-Up on Main Stage at San Vicente Boulevard north of Santa Monica Boulevard
9:15 a.m. Opening Ceremony on Main Stage at San Vicente Boulevard north of Santa Monica Boulevard
9:55 a.m. Backstage Photo/Interview Opportunities with Celebrities, Elected Officials, APLA clients
10:00 a.m. Walk Begins                       

WHO:  More than 30,000 participants are expected.

Confirmed celebrity guests include: Sophia Bush (“Partners”), Christa B. Allen (“Revenge”), Leslie Bibb (“GCB,” “Popular”), Barrett Foa(“NCIS: Los Angeles”), Daisy Fuentes (Television Host), Christopher Gorham (“Covert Affairs,” “Popular”), Dot Marie Jones (“Glee”),Pauley Perrette (“NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigation Service”),Andrew Rannells (”The New Normal,” “Girls”), Jai Rodriguez(“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”), Michael Urie (“Partners”), the cast of MTV’s “Awkward” including Jillian Rose Reed, Nikki Deloach, Jessica Lu, Molly Tarlov, plus a special reunion with cast members from the critically acclaimed TV show “Popular” including, along with Bibb and Gorham, Bryce JohnsonTamara Mello, and Carly Pope. “The Voice” contestant Jamar Rogers will perform, Norm Lewis (“Scandal”) will close the Opening Ceremony with his performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang, and Chair of APLA’s Board of Directors Tom Whitman will speak about the current HIV/AIDS crisis in Los Angeles County and the vital work of APLA, lead beneficiary of the landmark event.  

Other elected officials expected to attend include: United States Representatives Howard Berman and Adam SchiffCalifornia State Senators Curren D. Price and Rod WrightCalifornia State Assembly members Betsy Butler, Mike Feuer, Isadore Hall, andRicardo LaraLos Angeles City Council members Paul Koretz,Paul Krekorian, and Jan PerryLos Angeles City Attorney Carmen TrutanichLos Angeles City AIDS Coordinator Ricky RosalesLos Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy; and West Hollywood City Councilmembers John J. Duran and John Heilman.

WHERE: West Hollywood Park: San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue.  Venue map

General Media Parking: Free parking is available at the locations listed below.

The Beverly Connection: 100 North La Cienega Boulevard (ZIP: 90048). Enter from La Cienega Boulevard.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Towers: 8631 & 8635 West 3rd St. (ZIP: 90048). Enter off 3rd Street from Gracie Allen Way or George Burns Road. There will be shuttle service available every 30 minutes before and after the event from this location only.          

Street parking is also available surrounding the AIDS Walk Los Angeles venue. Please note that all posted parking restrictions will be enforced.

Broadcast Crew Parking:  Space will be available on San Vicente Boulevard, north of Santa Monica Boulevard, behind the event stage. Enter San Vicente Boulevard at Sunset Boulevard and go south. There will be media parking along San Vicente. Please contact Gabriel McGowan (listed above) to reserve this parking. For day-of-event questions or assistance, McGowan will be available via mobile phone beginning at 5:00 AM.

MORE: Each day, seven Angelenos are newly infected with HIV.More than 60,000 are already living with the disease, and over 11,000 access APLA’s life-sustaining services, which offer medical care, food, housing support, and other vital necessities to those of lowest income. The agency also provides the county’s largest network of HIV prevention programming, testing and counseling, and robust advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels. AIDS Walk Los Angeles is the single largest source of support for this critical work.

In addition, for many years, AIDS Project Los Angeles has run paidadvertisements on Big Blue Bus (operated by the City of Santa Monica) for AIDS Walk Los Angeles. These ads help educate and engage the public. But this year, the City of Santa Monica has banned these promotions and all other public service messages from charities. While residents of Santa Monica have taken their city to court to fight this absurd policy and preserve free speech, APLA is encouraging supporters to take a stand for the fight against AIDS and againstsuspect government priorities like this one, which favors commercial interests over the public’s interest.                        

About AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA):  AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), one of the largest nonprofit AIDS service organizations in the United States, provides bilingual direct services, prevention education, and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation.  With nearly 30 years of service, APLA is a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national, and global reach.  For more information, visit apla.org.

About AIDS Walk Los Angeles:  Since 1985, AIDS Walk Los Angeles has raised more than $72 million for HIV programs and services throughout Los Angeles County, and has grown into one of the largest AIDS fundraising events in the country.  In 2011 alone, 30,000 participants, many of whom were members of 1,600 corporate and community teams, raised nearly $3 million for AIDS Project Los Angeles and 20 other AIDS service organizations.  For more information, visitaidswalk.net.

About MZA Events: AIDS Walk Los Angeles was founded in 1985 by Craig R. Miller and his organization of activists, MZA Events.  Miller is the AIDS Walk originator and has produced hundreds of public service campaigns and fundraising events, generating more than $368 million for major AIDS organizations throughout the country.  For more information, please visit mzaevents.com.

Press Contacts:
Gabriel McGowan
Director of Communications
AIDS Project Los Angeles
213.201.1521 (o)
818.450.6283 (m)
gmcgowan@apla.org

or

Brent Colby
Director of Strategic Partnerships & Communications
AIDS Walk Los Angeles
213.201.9255 (o)
310.844.3756 (m)
brentc@aidswalk.net

Editor’s Note: Diversity News Magazine published by Diversity News Publications, is an Official Media Partner for the second year in a row for the 28th Annual AIDS Walk LA 2012.

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