Since its inception in 1985, AIDS Walk Los Angeles has benefited AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), an AIDS service organization dedicated to: improving the lives of people affected by HIV disease; reducing the incidence of HIV infection; and advocating for fair and effective HIV–related public policy. AIDS Walk Los Angeles makes it possible for APLA to provide urgently needed food, dental care, safe housing, and much more to people with HIV/AIDS who also face poverty, hunger, and homelessness. APLA also runs the county’s largest network of HIV prevention programs to end the epidemic in Los Angeles. Register to walk and support this great cause!
The world’s first AIDS Walk was developed by Craig R. Miller in 1984, during the height of the AIDS epidemic. Seeing the need for immediate action in response to this public-health emergency, Miller sought to fill the void left by the government’s negligible response to the crisis. Drawing on his experience as a political and community organizer, Miller’s approach combined grassroots activism with fundraising and other campaign strategies to raise both awareness and urgently needed funds for the fight against AIDS.
Miller and APLA expected to draw a crowd of 1,000 supporters and raise $100,000 for this very first AIDS Walk. On July 28, 1985 in Los Angeles, 4,500 courageous and visionary people assembled at Paramount Studios and raised an astonishing $673,000.
In the following years, AIDS Walk Los Angeles would become the largest AIDS fundraising event in California, bringing 30,000 participants together annually to fight HIV/AIDS. The event raises millions each year for APLA, helping it provide vital services to thousands living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles, and run the county’s largest network of prevention programs.
Since 1985, AIDS Walk Los Angeles has drawn over a half-million participants who have collectively raised more than $72 million. The event serves as a model of grassroots fundraising and community activism for organizations across the United States.
WHAT: AIDS Walk Los Angeles
WHERE: 647 North San Vicente Blvd | West Hollywood, CA 90069
WHEN: Sunday, October 14, 2012 | 8:30 am
- Schedule: 8:30 a.m. Sign-In, 9:15 a.m. Opening Ceremony Begins, and 10 a.m. AIDS Walk Los Angeles Begins
- Length: 10 kilometers/6.2 miles
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