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AIDS Project Los Angeles Honors Gang of 100 at A Thanksgiving Moment

Neiman Marcus Hosts Fashionable Annual Evening Benefiting APLA

A Thanksgiving Moment, the annual cocktail reception that pays tribute to some of the biggest supporters of AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), returns to Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills. This year’s event, which includes hors d’oeuvres, celebrates the accomplishments of the Gang of 100. The Gang is a group of gregarious, passionate men and women involved in fundraising and supporting a wide variety of charitable organizations, with a keen focus on issues important to the LGBT community. As a group, its members have raised well over $650,000 for APLA since 2006. The Gang has also held the coveted mantle of number one fundraising team at AIDS Walk Los Angeles, which benefits APLA and a range of other local AIDS service organizations, for five years running.

Monday, November 12
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Gang of 100 was created by Tom Whitman, one of the most influential event producers in Los Angeles and former Chair of the Board of Directors at APLA. The evening is hosted by James Murphy and Christian Dowell, on behalf of the APLA Ambassador Council, a group of the agency’s closest friends and supporters. Former honorees include David Cooley, Wells Fargo, David Galligan, Barry Krost, and James Murphy (partial list).

Bar on 4
Neiman Marcus

9700 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Complimentary parking is available in the Neiman Marcus structure. Street parking is also available.

A Thanksgiving Moment tickets are available at

With an estimated 60,000 people currently living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles, APLA’s direct care and prevention programs are more important than ever. The funds raised from A Thanksgiving Moment will help APLA provide low-income Angelenos who are living with HIV/AIDS with food, dental care, housing assistance, and so much more. Funds raised will also support APLA’s crucial HIV prevention, testing, and advocacy work, which seek to end new infections among those at highest risk and to defend government funding vital to the health of those who are HIV-positive.


AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) was founded in 1983 and is one of the largest nonprofit HIV/AIDS service organizations in the United States. APLA provides bilingual support to more than 6,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles County annually and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation. Additionally, APLA conducts behavioral research designed to inform the development of evidence-based interventions and assists health departments in evaluating their HIV/AIDS services to ensure the delivery of effective and quality programs. APLA also provides administrative and fiscal support to the Global Forum on Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSMGF), which promotes and advocates for the health and human rights of MSM internationally. APLA is proud to be a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national, and global reach. For more information, please visit

APLA Health & Wellness (APLAHW) provides primary medical and oral health care, behavioral health services, HIV testing, PrEP counseling and management of eligible clients, STD screening/treatment, and health education and HIV-prevention services, with a specific focus on low-income LGBT people of color living in Los Angeles County. APLAHW is a federally qualified health center that includes: the Gleicher/Chen Health Center in South Los Angeles; the Wilshire Dental Clinic downtown; the S. Mark Taper Foundation Dental Clinic in South Los Angeles; Behavioral Health Services at the David Geffen Center in Mid-City; and a mobile dental facility. APLA Health & Wellness serves more than 8,000 people each year. For more information, please visit

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