29TH ANNUAL AIDS WALK LOS ANGELES – FACT SHEET
WORLD’S FIRST AIDS WALK
What: This year marks the 29th 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.
The event 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 30,000 walkers and 2,500 volunteers raised more than $2.9 million for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and advocacy programs. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $74 million to fight the disease in Los Angeles County, and the AIDS Walk movement has raised more than a half-billion dollars nationwide.
Where: The 10k (6.2-mile) route begins and ends in West Hollywood Park.
When: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2013
Walker Sign-In: 8:30 a.m.
Opening Ceremony: 9:15 a.m.
AIDS Walk Los Angeles Begins: 10 a.m.
Who: AIDS Walk Los Angeles is a vibrant public/private partnership, driven by the commitment of concerned citizens, community organizations, schools, corporations, celebrities, and elected officials.
Past guests include: Gillian Anderson, Christine Baranski, 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, John Lithgow, Carl Lumbly, 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, and George Takei. Mayors in attendance have included Los Angeles Mayors Tom Bradley, James Hahn, and Antonio Villaraigosa, and West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land.
Why: 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.
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 $376 million for major AIDS organizations throughout the country. For more information, please visit mzaevents.com.
More: For more information and to register, please call 213.201.WALK (9255) or visit aidswalk.net.
Source: Diversity News Magazine