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The 26th Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles Raises 2.8 Millions for APLA & Others

October 18, 2010 by  
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Rain or shine, it has been the AIDS Walk LA theme for over 25 years, and this year there was no exception because it was raining during the open ceremony and the walk. The pouring rain did not stop 30 thousand participants from being part of the 26th Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles to support and raise money for AIDS Project Los Angeles and other AIDS non profit organizations in the LA County.


“Despite the challenging economy, our dedicated walkers took powerful steps to support the most vulnerable among us: people living with HIV/AIDS who also face poverty, hunger, homelessness, and a range of other serious challenges,” said Craig R. Miller, founder and producer of the event.  He added “We are deeply grateful to our 30,000 participants for raising $2,878,711 for L.A. County’s fight against AIDS. Our efforts to fundraise for this vital work too often confront complacency among some members of the public who have turned
their attention away from the HIV epidemic here in the United States.”

AIDS Walk Los Angeles was held on October 17, 2010 in the West Hollywood Park from 9:00 am until about 3:00 pm. The AIDS Walk LA is 10K (6.2 mile). Last year AIDS Walk LA raised a total of: $3,146,206.00

“In the wake of the recent state budget cuts to HIV/AIDS funding made just days ago by Governor Schwarzenegger, the money raised at AIDS Walk Los Angeles is more important than ever as a source of vital support for programs and services that work to save lives, prevent infections, and end AIDS,” said Craig E. Thompson, Executive Director of AIDS Project Los Angeles.


The walk route started from North San Vicente Boulevard, then turned right on Santa Monica Boulevard, right on La Cienega Boulevard, left on Melrose Avenue, right on La Brea and finally right on Beverly Boulevard to end at Melrose Avenue & San Vicente Boulevard.

“Until no one living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles goes hungry; until homophobia and stigma are erased; and until AIDS is over, APLA will continue to fight. While the state’s capacity to battle this epidemic has been severely curtailed, we are proud to have the tens of thousands of AIDS Walk Los Angeles participants as our powerful allies as we achieve these goals.” Mr. Thompson concluded.

The AIDS Walk Los Angeles Opening Ceremony featured Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks Animation SKG CEO, member of the APLA Board of Trustees, and AWLA Grand Sponsor, who spoke on behalf of APLA. In addition, United States Representative Henry A. Waxman, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman spoke about
the current HIV/AIDS crisis in Los Angeles and West Hollywood and about the importance of the community’s response.

Other elected officials in attendance included: United States Representatives Howard Berman, Lucille Roybal-Allard, and Diane E. Watson; California State Senator Fran Pavley; California State Assemblymembers Mike Feuer and Anthony Portantino; Los Angeles County Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Zev Yaroslavsky; Los Angeles City Councilmembers Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, Tom LaBonge, Jan Perry; West Hollywood City
Councilmembers John Duran, Lindsey Horvath, Abbe Land, and Jeffrey Prang; and West Hollywood Sherriff’s Captain Kelley Fraser.

Celebrities that attended the event included Michelle Bonilla (“ER”), Megan Boone (“Law & Order: Los Angeles”), Drew Carey (“The Price Is Right”), Rodney Chester (“Noah’s Arc”), Barrett Foa (“NCIS: Los Angeles”), Joshua Gomez (“Chuck”), Bob Harper (“The Biggest Loser”), Sam Jaeger (“Parenthood”), Mike Manning (“The Real World: DC”),
Ana Ortiz (“Ugly Betty”), Pauley Perrette (“NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigation Service”), Sara Ramirez (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Kyle Richards (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”), Hal Sparks (Actor and Comedian), Jessica Sutta (Pussycat Doll), and Michael Urie (“Ugly Betty”).

The Musical performances were given by Andrea McArdle (“Annie”),who performed Stephen Sondheim’s “Everybody Says Don’t,” and LaKisha Jones (“American Idol”), who closed the Opening Ceremony with her performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s song “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
About AIDS Project Los Angeles:

AIDS Project Los Angeles, one of the largest non-profit 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 25 years of service, APLA is a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national and global reach. For more information, visit www.apla.org

About AIDS Walk Los Angeles:

AIDS Walk Los Angeles was created in 1985 and has raised more than $69 million for HIV programs and services throughout Los Angeles County. As the world’s first AIDS Walk, the event launched a nationwide movement, and has itself grown into one of the largest AIDS fundraising events in the country. Over the past 25 years, more than a half-million participants, many of whom were members of corporate and community teams, have raised crucial funds for AIDS Project Los Angeles and dozens of other AIDS service organizations. For more information, visit www.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 $350 million for major AIDS organizations throughout the country. For more information, please visit www.mzaevents.com

Sources: Diversity News Publications, AIDS Walk LA and APLA

Part of the story was proofread by Linda Krongold, our New York, NY Special Correspondent For Diversity News. For more information you can contact her at andmeljar@aol.com

Photos Courtesy of Daniela Hubbard from Daniela Hubbard Photography for Diversity News Publications & Hollywood Events Examiner. (C) 2010 By Diversity News Publications & Daniela Hubbard. All Rights Are Reserved.

Editor’s Note: One Sheriff woman with a Sheriff man was very aggressive at the interception of San Vicente and Cynthia Street. The women need to learn how to treat media/press representatives; they would not allow us to drive to park by the Postal Office where we part there all of the times when covering a major event in the City of West Hollywood.

26th Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles To Benefit APLA & other Organizations

October 14, 2010 by  
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26TH ANNUAL AIDS WALK LA 2010On Thursday, October 14, 2010 Aids Project Los Angeles & MZA Events (creator of AIDS WALK Los Angeles) announced that they expect Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Drew Carey, Bob Harper and over 30,000 participants to fill the streets of West Hollywood & Hollywood for the 26th Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles. Per event organizers, the event to be held days after State HIV/Aids Budget cuts.


The event will be held from 9:00 am to about 3:00 pm. Participants to meet at the West Hollywood Park and then at 9:00 a.m. they will have the Aerobic Warm-Up on the Main Stage located at San Vicente Boulevard & Santa Monica Boulevard. The open ceremony will be also held there at 9:15 am. The walk then starts at 10:00 am and to end until the last participants finish walking 10K (6.2 mile) at the end of the walk they receive a Certificate of Completion.


They have announced the following confirmed celebrity guests to attend the event: Michelle Bonilla (“ER”), Megan Boone (“Law & Order: Los Angeles”), Drew Carey (“The Price Is Right”), Rodney Chester (“Noah’s Arc”), Barrett Foa (“NCIS: Los Angeles”), Joshua Gomez (“Chuck”), Bob Harper (“The Biggest Loser”), Sam Jaeger (“Parenthood”), Ana Ortiz (“Ugly Betty”), Pauley Perrette (“NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigation Service”), Sara Ramirez (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Hal Sparks (Actor and Comedian), Jessica Sutta (Pussycat Doll), and Michael Urie (“Ugly Betty”). Andrea McArdle (“Annie”) will perform Stephen Sondheim’s “Everybody Says Don’t,” and LaKisha Jones (“American Idol”) will close the Opening Ceremony with her performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”


To speak at the Open Ceremony on behalf of APLA will be Jeffrey Katzenberg (CEO, Dreamworks Animation SKG), AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) Trustee and AWLA sponsor. Also to speak about the current HIV/AIDS crisis in Los Angeles County and the vital work of lead beneficiary APLA are United States Representative Henry A. Waxman, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa,and West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman.


The following elected officials are expected to attend: United States Representatives Howard Berman, Judy Chu, Lucille Roybal-Allard, and Diane E. Watson; California State Senator Fran Pavley; California State Assemblymembers Mike Feuer and Anthony Portantino; Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky; Los Angeles City Councilmembers Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, Tom LaBonge, and Mark Ridley-Thomas; West Hollywood City Councilmembers John Duran, Lindsey Horvath, Abbe Land, and Jeffrey Prang; and West Hollywood Police Department Captain Kelley Fraser.

The walk route start from North San Vicente Boulevard, then right on Santa Monica Boulevard, right on La Cienega Boulevard, then left on Melrose Avenue,  right on La Brea and finally right on Beverly Boulevard to end at Melrose Avenue & San Vicente Boulevard. (Note: Event walk route may change without any notice).

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About AIDS Project Los Angeles:

AIDS Project Los Angeles, one of the largest non-profit 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 25 years of service, APLA is a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national and global reach. For more information, visit www.apla.org

About AIDS Walk Los Angeles:

Since 1985, AIDS Walk Los Angeles has raised more than $66 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 2009 alone, 30,000 participants, many of whom were members of 1,600 corporate and community teams, raised $3 million for AIDS Project Los Angeles and over a dozen other AIDS service organizations. For more information, visit www.aidswalk.net.
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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 $350 million for major AIDS organizations throughout the country. For more information, please visit www.mzaevents.com
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Sources: APLA.orgDiversityNewsPublications.Com & Examiner.com
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