Approximately 10,000 people walked the streets of downtown Los Angeles on Oct. 23 during AIDS Walk Los Angeles, which raised over $2 million for people living with HIV and AIDS.
AIDS Walk Los Angeles was held for the first time in and around Grand Park. Participants gathered for an opening ceremony with celebrities and elected officials. Pictured are Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer (left), actress Pauley Perrette and state senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys).
ABC7 News anchor Ellen Leyva, a longtime AIDS Walk supporter, addressed the crowd after actor Peter Gallagher of “Law & Order: SVU” provided opening remarks.
Additional celebrities attending included Jenna Ortega, Stephanie Corneliussen, Bebe Wood and Mary Hollis Inboden. India Carney of “The Voice” sang her hit “Glory,” and singer Estelle performed “Conqueror.” Other elected officials attending were State Assembly members Adrin Nazarian and Miguel Santaiago; Los Angeles County Assessor Jeffrey Prang; Los Angeles City Councilmen Mitch O’Farrell, Paul Krekorian and Paul Koretz; Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin; West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister; and West Hollywood City Councilman John D’Amico.
“The crowd loved the new location and we loved the crowd,” said Craig R. 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.”
AIDS Walk Los Angeles benefits APLA Health and other HIV/AIDS service organizations. For information, visit la.aidswalk.net.
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