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26th Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles

By Joe Klare

October 13, 2010

Thirty thousand people are expected to fill the streets of Los Angeles on Sunday October 17th for the 26th annual AIDS Walk. Below is from a press release from AIDS Walk Los Angeles.

WHAT: 26th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles (AWLA)

WHEN: Sunday, October 17, 2010
9:00 a.m. Aerobic Warm-Up on Main Stage on San Vicente Boulevard
9:15 a.m. Opening Ceremony on Main Stage on San Vicente Boulevard

10:00 a.m. Walk Begins

WHO: More than 30,000 participants are expected. Jeffrey Katzenberg (CEO, Dreamworks Animation SKG), former AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) board member and AWLA sponsor, will speak on behalf of APLA.

Confirmed celebrity guests include: Drew Carey (“The Price Is Right”), Bob Harper (“The Biggest Loser”), Carson Kressley (“True Beauty”), Ana Ortiz (“Ugly Betty”), Pauley Perrette (“NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigation Service”), Sara Ramirez (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Hal Sparks (Actor and Comedian),and Michael Urie (“Ugly Betty”).

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman will speak about the current HIV/AIDScrisis in Los Angeles County and the vital work of lead beneficiary APLA.

Other elected officials expected to attend include: United States Representatives Howard Berman, Judy Chu, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Diane E. Watson, and Henry Waxman; California State Senator Fran Pavley; California State Assemblymembers Mike Feuer and Anthony Portantino; Los Angeles City Councilmembers Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, and Mark Ridley-Thomas; West Hollywood City Councilmembers John Duran, Lindsey Horvath, Abbe Land, and Jeffrey Prang; and West Hollywood Police Department Captain Kelley Fraser.

WHERE: West Hollywood Park: San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue. Venue map: http://www.aidswalk.net/losangeles/eventinfo/maps.html

MORE: AIDS Walk Los Angeles 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. This year’s event will take place just days after the announcement of a crushing $52 million budget cut to California’s HIV/AIDS care and prevention programs. Yet more Angelenos are now living with HIV/AIDS than ever before, and infection rates are soaring among those at highest risk. AIDS Walk Los Angeles is more important than ever as a source of vital support for programs and services that work to save lives, prevent infections, and end AIDS.