On Monday, October 10, 2011 AIDS Project Los Angeles and AIDS Walk LA announced that more than 30,000 participants are expected to fill the streets for the 27th Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles (California’s Largest AIDS Fundraiser) to be held on Sunday, October 16, 2011 in West Hollywood Park (San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue) starting at 9:00 am.
The expected celebrity guests are: Drew Carey (“The Price Is Right”), Conchata Ferrell (“Two and a Half Men”), Barrett Foa (“NCIS: Los Angeles”), Dot Marie Jones (“Glee”), Carson Kressley(television personality and “Dancing with the Stars” contestant), Academy Award winner Cloris Leachman (“Raising Hope”), Pauley Perrette (“NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigation Service”), andLouis Van Amstel (“Dancing with the Stars”). Jenifer Lewis will close the Opening Ceremony with her performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
Per events organizers Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and West Hollywood Mayor John J. Duran will speak about the current HIV/AIDS crisis in Los Angeles County and the vital work of lead beneficiary APLA.
Also the following elected officials are expected to attend: United States Representatives Linda Sanchez and Adam Schiff; California State Assembly Speaker John A. Perez; California State Assemblymembers Betsy Butler, Mike Feuer, Bonnie Lowenthal, and Anthony Portantino; Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky; Los Angeles City Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Tom LaBonge; West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tempore Jeffrey Prang and West Hollywood City Councilmember John D’Amico; and Los Angeles County Director of the Office of AIDS Programs & Policy, Mario J. Perez.
Remember Rain or Shine The 27th Annual AIDS Walk LA is this Sunday at the West Hollywood Park. Participants will walk the 10k (6.2 mile) main event and to raise money for AIDS Walk LA benefiting AIDS Project Los Angeles and other non profit organizations in the Los Angeles County. Last year AIDS Walk LA raised a total of: $2,878,711 for L.A. County’s fight against AIDS. To participate, donate or sponsor a walker visit http://www.aidswalk.net/losangeles. Also for parking information on the event visit http://www.aidswalk.net/losangeles/eventinfo/maps.html
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 26 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 $69 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 2010 alone, 30,000 participants, many of whom were members of 1,600 corporate and community teams, raised nearly $3 million for AIDS Project Los Angeles and 20 other AIDS service organizations. For more information, visitaidswalk.net.
Source: AIDS Walk LA/MZA Events, AIDS Project Los Angeles & Diversity News Magazine