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The Abbey Presents the 12th Annual Oscar® Viewing Party, "The Envelope Please," Benefiting AIDS Project Los Angeles

Hosts David Cooley, Pauley Perrette, and Becca Tobin join APLA Supporters to Celebrate Hollywood’s Biggest Night

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - (February 14, 2013) – The Abbey Food & Bar is proud to continue its partnership with AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) for its 12th annual “The Envelope Please” Oscar ® viewing party on Sunday, February 24. The night will be hosted by David Cooley, founder of The Abbey, Pauley Perrette, star of NCIS, and Becca Tobin, star of Glee.

Voted the best gay bar in the world by MTV’s Logo, The Abbey has played host to this event for 12 years, raising over $1.5 million for APLA’s vital direct services for Angelenos affected by HIV and AIDS. Guests who purchase tickets will enjoy Belvedere Vodka cocktails and Moët & Chandon Champagne, followed by a seated dinner during the Oscar telecast. Perrette and Tobin will also host a live auction during the commercial breaks of the telecast. Following the telecast, The Abbey will also host a public after-party, featuring a DJ set by Dawna Montell.

“Events like The Envelope Please are a critical source of funding to provide literally life-sustaining HIV services and education in Los Angeles,” said Craig E. Thompson, executive director of APLA. “Everyone who supports this event is helping to make a difference, from our hosts at The Abbey and sbe, to our corporate partners to individual ticket buyers. We couldn’t serve our more than 11,000 clients without all of them.”

After originally beginning as a small gathering, “The Envelope Please” has raised an incredible sum over the past decade to help those fighting HIV/AIDS or at risk of contracting the disease. APLA assists those living with HIV/AIDS through extensive direct services; aims to promote improved health; and raises vital awareness among those at highest risk of infection.  

“APLA is beloved in West Hollywood because they do so much good work for our community,” said David Cooley, Founder of The Abbey. “We look forward to this event every year because we are happy to support such a vital organization.”

The evening is hosted by The Abbey, SBE, David Cooley with generous corporate support from Showtime, The Borgias, Wells Fargo, Wen Hair and Body Care by Chaz Dean, and Paul Hastings.

Tickets for “The Envelope Please” are available online at apla.org/oscars with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to support APLA and its programs.

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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.

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