October 12, 2010

Mayor Villaraigosa, Drew Carey, Bob Harper, and Other Special Guests Join 30,000 Participants for California’s Largest AIDS Fundraiser; Event Comes Days After Devastating State HIV/AIDS Budget Cuts

A range of VIP and celebrity guests, elected officials, and AIDS Project Los Angeles clients living with HIV/AIDS will be available for comment on the event and on the recent state HIV/AIDS budget cuts.

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

WHEN: Sunday, October 17, 2010 8:00 a.m. Media Check-In Open (Backstage left) 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 9:55 a.m. Backstage Photo/Interview Opportunities with Celebrities, Elected Officials, APLA clients 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 Villaraigosaand West Hollywood Mayor John Heilmanwill 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:

General Media Parking: Cedars-Sinai Medical Towers, 3rd Street & Sherbourne. Travel westbound on 3rd and turn right on Sherbourne. Shuttle service to the venue provided.

Broadcast Crew Parking: Koontz Hardware, 8914 Santa Monica Boulevard. Travel northbound on Robertson and enter at Robertson Boulevard and Melrose Avenue. Take the last right before Santa Monica Boulevard (unmarked alley) to parking lot. Please contact Gabriel McGowan at 213.201.1521 to reserve this parking.
Note: This lot is covered.

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.

AIDS Project Los Angeles: AIDS Project Los Angeles, one of the largest non-profit 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 25 years of service, APLA is a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national and global reach. For more information, visit

About AIDS Walk Los Angeles: Since 1985, AIDS Walk Los Angeles has raised more than $66million for HIV programs and services throughout Los Angeles County, and has grown into one of the largest AIDS fundraising events in the country. In 2009 alone, 30,000 participants, many ofwhom were members of 1,600 corporate and community teams, raised $3 million for AIDS ProjectLos Angeles and over a dozen other AIDS service organizations. For more information, visit

About MZA Events: 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 $350 million for major AIDS organizations throughout the country. For more information, please visit