Celebrities, elected leaders, and 20,000 other caring people unite to raise funds for much needed HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs
WHO: Celebrities in attendance will include: Ken Todd & Lisa Vanderpump (Vanderpump Rules), Michael Harney (Orange Is the New Black), Carson Kressley (Dancing With the Stars), Our Lady J (classical pianist, TV writer on Transparent, and singer-songwriter), and Pauley Perrette (NCIS).
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will speak about the current HIV/AIDS crisis in Los Angeles, as well as the vital work of lead beneficiary, AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) . Other elected officials in attendance will include: California State Senators Ricardo Lara, Isadore Hall, and Ben Allen; Los Angeles County Assessor Jeffrey Prang; West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tempore Lauren Meister; West Hollywood City Councilmember John Heilman; L.A. City Councilmembers David Ryu and Paul Koretz; and L.A. City Controller Ron Galperin.
Longtime AIDS Walk supporter ABC7 News Anchor Ellen Leyva will also address the crowd. ABC7 has returned as AIDS Walk Los Angeles’ television broadcast sponsor, and is currently airing AIDS Walk PSAs featuring Jesse Tyler Ferguson of ABC’s Modern Family.
Also attending will be representatives from the event’s top sponsors and top corporate teams. This year’s Premier Sponsors are Gilead Sciences and Quest Diagnostics; Grand Sponsors are ABC7, City of West Hollywood, Delta Air Lines, Paramount Pictures, and Paul Hastings LLP; and Principal Sponsors are Albertsons|Vons|Pavilions, Macy’s, Time Warner Cable, Toyota, and Wells Fargo.
WHAT: This year marks the 31st annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles, the world’s first AIDS Walk. The event will raise vital funds for APLA and nearly 20 other L.A. County AIDS service organizations.
The Walk continues to keep the public engaged with the HIV/AIDS epidemic 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 20,000 walkers and 2,500 volunteers raised more than $2.2 million for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and advocacy programs. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $79 million to fight the disease in Los Angeles County, and the AIDS Walk movement has raised more than a half-billion dollars nationwide.
**New for 2015**
Walkers will experience the Quest Diagnostics Inspiration & Rejuvenation Installation on the route, where they will pass through a 90-foot tunnel with Astroturf, water misters, and informational panels that take walkers through the history of HIV and AIDS.
As walkers return to the venue following their 10-kilometer journey through the streets of West Hollywood and Los Angeles, AIDS Walk Los Angeles will host post-Walk festivities at the West Hollywood Park lawn. Walkers are invited to wind down in the park to the sounds of DJ Drew, appearing courtesy of Time Warner Cable, and partake in Los Angeles food truck favorites CVT Soft Serve and Dogtown Dogs. A portion of food truck proceeds go to AIDS Walk Los Angeles.
WHEN: Sunday, October 11, 2015
Media Check-In: 8:30 a.m.
Aerobic Warm-Up: 9 a.m.
Opening Ceremony Begins: 9:15 a.m.
AIDS Walk Los Angeles Begins: 10 a.m.
Talent Interviews at Step and Repeat: 10-10:30 a.m.
Post-Walk Concert and Food Festival: 12-3 p.m.
WHERE: West Hollywood Park: San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue. Venue map: