For Immediate Release
For AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA): Gabriel McGowan
For S.T.A.G.E.: Scott Barton
Los Angeles, Calif. (January 15, 2013) – In another expansion of Wells Fargo’s decades-long, multimillion-dollar philanthropic commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS, AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) today announced that the financial services company will serve as the Presenting Sponsor of the agency’s 29th Annual Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E.). Wells Fargo will offer a cash gift of $50,000 to support the musical theatre event, happening April 6, 2013 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.
“We’re tremendously grateful to Wells Fargo,” says APLA Executive Director Craig E. Thompson. “The company was among the first of its kind to join the fight against the epidemic, and it has remained among our strongest and most generous allies.
“Wells Fargo’s exceptional record of philanthropy has – and continues to – change the lives of those affected by HIV and AIDS here in Los Angeles and far beyond,” Thompson adds.
The gift effectively doubles the corporation’s support of S.T.A.G.E. over its 2012 contribution. In sum, Wells Fargo has donated more than $2 million to support APLA’s lifesaving direct services, its HIV prevention efforts, and its local, state, and federal advocacy work.
“Early on in the AIDS epidemic, Wells Fargo was among the very first U.S. corporations to support then-grassroots organizations and assistance for individuals and families impacted by this unknown new disease,” explains Senior Vice President of the Wells Fargo Foundation Jonathan Weedman. “There was a lot of fear, discrimination, and ignorance about AIDS in the beginning, but Wells Fargo almost immediately faced the challenge hand-in-hand with our communities to do something about it.”
“This latest partnership is another extraordinary commitment from a company that has stood beside us since the earliest years, when so many others feared the stigma that still surrounds the disease,” Thompson adds. Wells Fargo made its first gift to APLA in 1990 (and its HIV-related philanthropy began in the 1980s) and has served as a corporate sponsor of virtually every APLA event since.
S.T.A.G.E. will mark its 29th production with a new theme for this year: “Broadway, My Way,” which will showcase an exciting cast performing popular Broadway musical numbers in their own contemporary styles. Since its first show in 1984, the event has featured more than 300 stars of Broadway, film, and television while raising millions of dollars for APLA and other Southern California AIDS service organizations. David Galligan, who has produced and directed the show since its inception, will direct the production.
Tickets for the event are available at apla.org or stagela.com.
AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), 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 30 years of service, APLA is a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national and global reach. For more information, visit apla.org.