This year’s AIDS Walk Los Angeles attracted more than 10,000 people and raised over $2 million for APLA Health and other L.A. County HIV/AIDS service organizations.
The annual 10k walk began at 10 a.m. today and ended at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. Since the first walk in 1985, walkers have raised more than $84 million for APLA Health.
This was event’s first year at Grand Park. In recent years the walk went through West Hollywood.
“The crowd loved the new location, and we loved the crowd,” said Craig Miller, the event’s founder and senior organizer. “The participants were clearly energized by the versatile new venue and all we were able to do with it. AIDS Walk Los Angeles has long been one of the Southland’s most widely embraced charitable events. At Grand Park, it has risen to the level of a major cultural event as well.”
Craig Thompson, APLA’s CEO, said the new location “will better position the event for communities that have often felt disenfranchised, underserved and on the periphery.”
“We are incredibly thankful for everyone who registered, raised funds, participated in, and supported AIDS Walk Los Angeles today,” Thompson said. “The funds raised through AIDS Walk allow us to provide the most critically needed services for people living with HIV and AIDS, such as housing support, health care, and groceries from our countywide food pantry network. They also ensure we can deliver quality medical, dental, and mental health care—as well as HIV testing, STD screening, and HIV prevention tools such as PrEP—to thousands of low-income individuals every year. This combination of comprehensive care for all and support services for those living with HIV will help us end the epidemic.”
Longtime AIDS Walk supporter ABC7 News Anchor Ellen Leyva addressed the crowd after a welcoming statement from Peter Gallagher (Law & Order: SVU). ABC7 has returned as AIDS Walk Los Angeles’ television broadcast sponsor, and aired AIDS Walk PSAs featuring walkers from the community.
Celebrities in attendance also included Pauley Perrette (NCIS), Jenna Ortega (Jane the Virgin), Stephanie Corneliussen (Mr. Robot), Bebe Wood (The Real O’Neals), and Mary Hollis Inboden (The Real O’Neals). India Carney of The Voice sang her hit song, “Glory,” while world-renowned singer Estelle sent walkers off with a stirring performance of “Conqueror.”
Among the elected officials attending were West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister and City Councilmember John D’Amico.