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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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