28th Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles Set for Today, 10/14
AIDS Walk Los Angeles is the world's first fundraising event of its kind, and the event continues to keep the public engaged in the HIV/AIDS crisis. Last year, a passionate crowd of 30,000 walkers and 2,500 volunteers raised $3 million for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and advocacy programs. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $72 million to fight the disease in Los Angeles County.
Event date: October 14, 2012
Walker Sign-In: 8:30 AM
Opening Ceremony: 9:15 AM
AIDS Walk Los Angeles Begins: 10:00 AM
The 10k (6.2-mile) route begins and ends in West Hollywood Park.
AIDS Walk Los Angeles is 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, 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, Ashley Roberts, Ryan Seacrest, HAl Sparks, and George Takei. Mayors in attendance have included Los Angeles Mayors Tom Bradley, James Kahn, and Antonio Villaraigosa, and West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang.
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 with HIV/AIDS who also face poverty, hunger, and homelessness. APLA also runs the county's largest network of HIV prevention programs to end the epidemic in Los Angeles.
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.