AIDS Walk LA, California’s largest AIDS fundraiser happens, as it does every year, in the city of West Hollywood this Sunday, October 14, 2012.
As usual, more than 30,000 participants are expected to throng the Creative City’s civic center along San Vicente Boulevard between Melrose and Santa Monica Boulevard to gather, hear the opening ceremonies and begin the nearly four mile circular walk (cut by one-third this year due to the space shuttle Endeavour’s move).
The crowd during AIDS Walk 2010. Photo by WeHo News.
They do so to raise money to prevent the spread of HIV and to help HIV/AIDS sufferers live a better quality of life.
Each day, seven Angelinos are newly infected with HIV.
More than 60,000 in the Los Angeles area already live with the disease, and over 11,000 access APLA’s life-sustaining services, which offer medical care, food, housing support, and other vital necessities to those of lowest income.
The agency also provides the county’s largest network of HIV prevention programming, testing and counseling, and robust advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels.
AIDS Walk Los Angeles is the single largest source of support for this critical work.
This 28th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles (AWLA) begins with an aerobic warm up at 9:00 AM on Main Stage at San Vicente Boulevard north of Santa Monica Boulevard.
The Opening Ceremony on the Main Stage at San Vicente Boulevard north of Santa Monica Boulevard is at 9:15 AM and the walk is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM
Price is Right host Drew Carey will once again be among presenters during the Opening Ceremony festivities on the Main Stage.
Other confirmed celebrity guests for that ceremony include: Sophia Bush (“Partners”), Christa B. Allen (“Revenge”), Leslie Bibb (“GCB,” “Popular”), Barrett Foa (“NCIS: Los Angeles”), Daisy Fuentes (Television Host), Christopher Gorham (“Covert Affairs,” “Popular”), Dot Marie Jones (“Glee”), Pauley Perrette (“NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigation Service”), Andrew Rannells (”The New Normal,” “Girls”), Jai Rodriguez (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”), Michael Urie (“Partners”), the cast of MTV’s “Awkward” including Jillian Rose Reed, Nikki Deloach, Jessica Lu, Molly Tarlov, plus a special reunion with cast members from the critically acclaimed TV show “Popular” including, along with Bibb and Gorham, Bryce Johnson, Tamara Mello, and Carly Pope.
“The Voice” contestant Jamar Rogers will perform, Norm Lewis (“Scandal”) will close the Opening Ceremony with his performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang, and Chair of APLA’s Board of Directors Tom Whitman will speak about the current HIV/AIDS crisis in Los Angeles County and the vital work of APLA, lead beneficiary of the landmark event.
Other elected officials expected to attend include: United States Representatives Howard Berman and Adam Schiff; California State Senators Curren D. Price and Rod Wright; California State Assembly members Betsy Butler,Mike Feuer, Isadore Hall, and Ricardo Lara; Los Angeles City Council members Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, and Jan Perry; Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich; Los Angeles City AIDS Coordinator Ricky Rosales; Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy; and West Hollywood City Councilmembers John J. Duran and John Heilman.
About AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA): AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), one of the largest nonprofit AIDS service organizations in the United States, provides bilingual direct services, prevention education, and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation.
With nearly 30 years of service, APLA is a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national, and global reach.
For more information, visit apla.org.
About AIDS Walk Los Angeles: Since 1985, AIDS Walk Los Angeles has raised more than $72 million for HIV programs and services throughout Los Angeles County, and has grown into one of the largest AIDS fundraising events in the country.
In 2011 alone, 30,000 participants, many of whom were members of 1,600 corporate and community teams, raised nearly $3 million for AIDS Project Los Angeles and 20 other AIDS service organizations. For more information, visit aidswalk.net.
About MZA Events: AIDS Walk Los Angeles was founded in 1985 by Craig R. Miller and his organization of activists, MZA Events.
Mr. Miller is the AIDS Walk originator and has produced hundreds of public service campaigns and fundraising events, generating more than $368 million for major AIDS organizations throughout the country.
For more information, please visit mzaevents.com.
Saturday, October 13th
San Vicente Blvd. between Santa Monica Blvd. and Melrose Ave. will be closed – 6:00 am Saturday, October 13th, 2012 until 6:00 pm Sunday, October 14th
Sunday, October 14th
San Vicente Blvd. between Santa Monica Blvd. and Cynthia St. will be closed – 12:01 am through 4:00 pm on Sunday, October 14th
San Vicente Blvd. between Beverly Blvd. and Melrose Ave. will be closed – 6:00 am through 3:00 pm on Sunday, October 14th
Robertson Blvd. between Santa Monica Blvd. and Melrose Ave. will be closed – 6:00 am through 12:30 pm on Sunday, October 14th
La Peer Dr. between Melrose Ave. and Santa Monica Blvd.
will be closed – 6:00 am through 12:00 pm on Sunday, October 14th
Santa Monica Blvd. between Doheny Dr. and Holloway Dr. will be closed – 6:00 am through 12:00 pm on Sunday, October 14th
La Cienega Blvd between Santa Monica Blvd and Melrose Ave. will be closed – 6:00 am through 12:00 pm on Sunday, October 14th
Melrose Place between La Cienega and Orlando will be closed – 6:00 am through 12:00 pm on Sunday, October 14th
Melrose Ave. between La Cienega Blvd. and La Brea Av. will be closed – 6:00 am through 1:00 pm on Sunday, October 14th
Melrose Ave. between La Cienega Blvd. and Doheny Dr. will be closed – 6:00 am through 2:00 pm on Sunday, October 14th
Melrose Ave. between San Vicente Blvd. and Fairfax Ave. will be closed – 6:00 am through 1:00 pm on Sunday, October 14th
Fairfax Ave. between Melrose Ave. and Beverly Blvd. will be closed – 7:00 am through 2:00 pm on Sunday, October 14th
Beverly Blvd. between Fairfax Ave. and San Vicente Blvd. will be closed – 7:00 am through 2:00 pm on Sunday, October 14th
Rosewood Ave. between San Vicente Blvd. and La Cienega Blvd. will be closed – 9:00 am through 2:30 pm on Sunday, October 14th
Cross traffic will be allowed at:
Harper Ave. at Melrose Ave. (northbound and southbound traffic)
Crescent Heights Blvd. at Melrose Ave. (northbound and southbound traffic)
Oakwood Ave. at Fairfax Ave. (eastbound and westbound traffic)
Sweetzer Ave. at Beverly Blvd. (northbound and southbound traffic)
La Cienega Blvd. at Beverly Blvd. (southbound traffic Only)
Parking Permits in district 1 & 2 will be lifted from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm on Sunday, October 14th
**ALL PARKING METERS will be enforced**
Free parking is limited, carpool with friends and arrive early!
Special thanks to the following locations for generously donating their parking structures:
The Beverly Connection: 100 N La Cienega Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90048
Enter from La Cienega Boulevard.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Towers: 8631 & 8635 W 3rd St Los Angeles, CA 90048
Enter off 3rd Street from Gracie Allen Way or George Burns Road.
There will be a shuttle service available every 30 minutes before and after the event.
Street parking is also available surrounding the AIDS Walk Los Angeles venue.
Please note that all parking restrictions will be enforced.
The Beverly Center (8500 Beverly Blvd) is available for AIDS Walk Los Angeles participants from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Enter on either La Cienega, Beverly Blvd or San Vicente Blvd.
Participants must show their Certificates of Completion to waive the parking fee. Certificates are distributed as walkers cross the finish line on San Vicente between Melrose and Santa Monica.
For $15, park at the Pacific Design Center at 8687 Melrose Ave, just east of San Vicente Blvd.
Enter on Melrose Ave, approach driving Westbound on Melrose from La Cienega Blvd.
Please note that this parking structure is only accessible before 8 a.m.
Cars parked at the Pacific Design Center will not be able to exit until after 12 p.m.
Wheelchair accessible parking will be at the Pacific Design Center.