For Immediate Release
Los Angeles, Calif., May 19, 2011 –AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) announced Sunday that Clear Channel Communications has exceeded the one-million dollar mark in philanthropic giving to the Los Angeles-based AIDS service organization. The announcement came at an exclusive annual reception honoring the agency's major donors, including Clear Channel.
"Clear Channel's commitment, both through its giving and as a corporate leader for our cause, is simply extraordinary," said Executive Director Craig E. Thompson, addressing attendees who gathered in the penthouse of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The reception recognized corporate donors along with members of the agency's Leadership Council, comprised of individuals who have given $1,000 or more in the past year.
Clear Channel joins a growing list of now 12 individuals and organizations that have reached this milestone -- including Barry Diller, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The David Geffen Foundation, Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg, Latham & Watkins, LLP, the M•A•C AIDS Fund, The O.N.N.E.Corporation, United Airlines, United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Vivendi Universal/NBC Entertainment, and Wells Fargo.
In addition to its exceptional history of philanthropic giving, the media company has also served as a vital outlet to raise awareness about the fight against HIV/AIDS. It has donated an array of media placements through its world-class radio stations and its outdoor advertising network to promote HIV awareness, along with APLA services and events.
"Clear Channel’s commitment is personal, too," adds Thompson. "We’ve been lucky to benefit from the support of Clear Channel Vice President Jim Murphy, who served as Co-Chair of APLA's Board of Directors and is the current Co-Chair of our Ambassador Council, a group of our closest supporters and allies. Jim has devoted his considerable expertise and tireless support to countless APLA events and initiatives."
"Clear Channel is proud to join in the great work of AIDS Project Los Angeles -- whose mission of community education aligns with our corporate commitment to serve the needs of our communities across the nation," said Clear Channel’s Chief Communications Officer Lisa Dollinger. "Thanks to the example of my colleague and friend Jim Murphy, and the contributions of so many others across the Clear Channel organization, we are honored to join the ranks of APLA corporate supporters who have done so much in service to the community."
"We simply couldn’t do our vital work without supporters like Clear Channel and Jim," Thompson adds. "Their generous gifts offer hope to so many."
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 evidenced-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 advocated 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.org.
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 gay and bisexual men of color and transgender individuals 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; Behavioral Health Services at the David Geffen Center in Mid-City; as well as a mobile dental facility. The S. Mark Taper Foundation Dental Clinic in South Los Angeles is also part of APLAHW. APLAHW serves more than 8,000 people each year. For more information, please visit aplahw.org.