Over 30,000 people are expected to fill the streets for the 27th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles this weekend, including some of your favorite celebrities.
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 disease; 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.
The event takes place on Sunday, October 16, and among the celebrity faces you will see will be 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”), and Louis 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.”
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.
In this thirtieth year since AIDS was identified in the United States, AIDS Walk Los Angeles remains a vital source of private support for programs and services that sustain lives and prevent new infections. The event is the single largest source of private support for direct services that thousands of low-income Angelenos living with HIV/AIDS depend on – like food, medical care, housing help, and more.
The venue for the event is West Hollywood Park: San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue. The opening ceremony starts at 9:15am, with the walk starting at 10am. For more information, click here.