needed HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs
WHAT: This year marks the 30th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles, the world’s first AIDS Walk. The event will raise vital funds for AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) and more than 20 other L.A. County AIDS service organizations. Proceeds make it possible for APLA and its community allies to provide food, safe housing, medical and dental care, counseling, and much more for people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as much-needed prevention efforts to stop new infections.
The Walk continues to keep the public engaged with the HIV/AIDS crisis through community-driven outreach, a strong social media presence, and, as always, a compelling street campaign.
AIDS Walk Los Angeles is one of the biggest, most diverse, and highly anticipated annual events in Los Angeles. Last year, a passionate crowd of 25,000 walkers and 2,500 volunteers raised more than $2.5 million for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and advocacy programs. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $77 million to fight the disease in Los Angeles County, and the AIDS Walk movement has raised more than a half-billion dollars nationwide.
WHERE: West Hollywood Park: 647 N San Vicente Blvd The 10k (6.2-mile) route begins and ends in West Hollywood Park.
WHO: Celebrities in attendance will include: Paula Abdul (critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, and choreographer), Drew Carey (actor and comedian), Lisa Vanderpump (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Brandi Glanville (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Pauley Perrette (actor, NCIS), Dick Donato (contestant, Big Brother), Michael Harney (actor, Orange is the New Black), Carson Kressley (contestant, Dancing with the Stars), Karina Smirnoff (contestant, Dancing with the Stars), Lea Thompson (contestant, Dancing With the Stars), Nick Wechsler (actor, Revenge), Jai Rodriquez (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy), Ellen Leyva (Co-Anchor, ABC7 Eyewitness News), Carly Ritter (singer) Jason Ritter (actor, Parenthood), Tyler Ritter (actor, The McCarthy’s), Cody Saintgnue (Teen Wolf), R.J. Aguiar (YouTube Personality), and Will Shepherd (YouTube Personality).
Musical performances by: Alex Newell (actor, Glee), Christopher Borger, The Young Americans, and the Refiner’s Fire Gospel Choir.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico will speak about the current HIV/AIDS crisis in Los Angeles County and the vital work of lead beneficiary AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA).
Other elected officials in attendance will include: Congressman Adam Schiff; Assemblymember Isadore Hall; Los Angeles City Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Paul Krekorian; Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer; Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin; and West Hollywood City Councilmembers John Duran, John Heilman, Abbe Land, and Jeffrey Prang.
Past guests include: Gillian Anderson, Christine Baranski, Corbin Bleu, Wayne Brady, Sandra Bullock, Sophia Bush, Drew Carey, Aaron Carter, Wilson Cruz, Alan Cumming, Jamie Lee Curtis, Willem Dafoe, Ted Danson, Barrett Foa, Peter Gallagher, Whoopi Goldberg, Kelsey Grammer, Bob Harper, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, David Hyde-Pierce, La Toya Jackson, Elton John, Dot-Marie Jones, Shirley Jones, T.R. Knight, Christine Lahti, Ricki Lake, Nathan Lane, Angela Lansbury, Hamish Linklater, John Lithgow, Carl Lumbly, Gabriel Mann, Madonna, Ann-Margaret, Eric McCormack, Kimberly McCullough, Rita Moreno, Megan Mullally, Ming-Na, Ana Ortiz, Mary-Louise Parker, Sarah Jessica Parker, Pauley Perrette, Andrew Rannells, Ryan Seacrest, Hal Sparks, George Takei, and Nick Wechsler. Mayors in attendance have included Los Angeles Mayors Tom Bradley, Eric Garcetti, James Hahn, Antonio Villaraigosa, and West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2014
Walker Sign-In: 8:30 a.m.
Aerobic Warm-Up: 9AM
Opening Ceremony: 9:15 a.m.
AIDS Walk Los Angeles Begins: 10 a.m.
Since its inception in 1985, AIDS Walk Los Angeles has benefited AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), an AIDS service organization dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by HIV; reducing the incidence of HIV infection; and advocating for fair and effective HIV-related public policy. AIDS Walk Los Angeles makes it possible for APLA to provide urgently needed food, dental care, safe housing, and much more to people in need living with HIV/AIDS. For more information, visit apla.org.
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 more than 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 $77 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 2013 alone, 25,000 participants, many of whom were members of 1,600 corporate and community teams, raised over $2.5 million for AIDS Project Los Angeles and more than 20 other AIDS service organizations. For more information, visit aidswalk.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 $384 million for major AIDS organizations throughout the country. For more information, please visit mzaevents.com.
Date: Sunday, October 12, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. Sign-In
9:15 a.m. Opening Ceremony Begins
10 a.m. AIDS Walk Los Angeles Begins
The Walk usually takes about 2.5 hours to complete.
Location: The Walk begins and ends in West Hollywood Park.
Length: 10 kilometers/6.2 miles
Transportation & Parking:
Arrive early! Parking is first-come, first-serve!
The AIDS Walk will start and end in West Hollywood Park located at 647 N San Vicente Blvd in West Hollywood (between Melrose Ave and Santa Monica Blvd).
Go green – Go Metro or carpool to West Hollywood!
- Leave the car and Go Metro to get to the AIDS Walk! Check out MTA’s Metro Trip Planner:http://socaltransport.org/tm_pub_start.php
- Carpool with your friends and coworkers! By sharing a ride, you can significantly cut your commuting costs and put fewer cars on the road, reducing the amount of greenhouse gases produced.
Editor’s Note: Diversity News Magazine published by Diversity News Publications, is an Official Proud Media Partner for the Fourth year in a row for the 30th Annual AIDS Walk LA 2014.