AIDS Walk Los Angeles, October 16, 2011
AIDS Walk Los Angeles 2011
AIDS Walk Los Angeles is on Sunday, October 16, 2011 and benefits AIDS Project Los Angeles.
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Dates to Remember
AIDS Walk Los Angeles Day of Event Information:
Date: Sunday, October 16
8:30 a.m. Sign-In
9:15 a.m. Opening Ceremony
10:00 a.m. Walk Begins
Location: West Hollywood Park (647 N. San Vicente Blvd. in West Hollywood)
Length: 10 kilometers / 6.2 miles
The AIDS Walk will start and end in West Hollywood Park, at the corner of Melrose Avenue and San Vincente Blvd.
For further information, please call (213) 201-9255. Thank you for your patience and cooperation on AIDS Walk Sunday. Without the support and cooperation of our neighbors, we wouldn't be able to serve the people we do. Thank you!
Q: WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
A: The money raised by AIDS Walk Los Angeles supports the services provided by AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) and other AIDS service organizations throughout Los Angeles County.
Q: WHAT IS A TEAM?
A: Teams are comprised of walkers representing a variety of companies, schools, churches, or organizations in the Los Angeles area. There are also many friends and family teams that participate, some of whom walk in memory of those they have lost. Teams can range in size from two to more than 1,000 walkers.
Q: WHAT IS THE STAR WALKERSTM CLUB?
A: The Star Walkers Club is made up of walkers who set a goal of raising $1,000 or more for AIDS Walk Los Angeles. Star Walkers who achieve their goal will receive additional incentive prizes and a Star Pass on the day of the AIDS Walk. With the Star Pass, Star Walkers will be granted access to the Star Walker Hospitality Breakfast.
Q: TO WHOM SHOULD DONATION CHECKS BE MADE OUT?
A: Please make checks payable to "AIDS Walk Los Angeles" or "AWLA"
Q: WHERE DO I MAIL DONATIONS?
A: AIDS Walk Los Angeles, PO Box 933005,Los Angeles, CA 90093-3005.
*PLEASE clearly include the name of whom you are sponsoring on the check or on a separate piece of paper, otherwise your donation could be credited as a general donation.
Q: I HAVE SEEN PEOPLE FUNDRAISING FOR AIDS WALK LOS ANGELES ON THE STREET. SHOULD I DONATE TO SOMEONE I DO NOT KNOW WHO IS COLLECTING DONATIONS ON THE STREET, IN PUBLIC SPACES, OR EVEN DOOR-TO-DOOR?
A: No. We strongly discourage our participants from collecting donations in public spaces such as street corners, public transportation areas, street festivals, and door-to-door to businesses. We advise you not to give donations (cash, checks, or credit card information) to someone you do not know who is soliciting donations in these settings. Please contact the AIDS Walk Los Angeles office at (213) 201-WALK (9255) for more information, or if you feel someone is collecting funds in an unsafe or unendorsed manner.
Q: HOW DO I REGISTER FOR AIDS WALK LOS ANGELES 2011 ONLINE?
A: Go to Register to Walk and complete the form. You will be guided through the registration process. Please note the username and password that you have entered. Once your transaction is complete, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from email@example.com. This e-mail will contain your username and password that you have selected.
If you register by phone, mail, or fax and give us an e-mail address, you will receive a system generated e-mail that will provide you a link to set your password. Please use this to access your personal fundraising Web page. Once logged in, you can design your Web page and begin sending fundraising e-mails.
(full article at http://www.apla.org/pdfs/HIV_statistics_current.pdf)
• Every 9 ˝ minutes someone in the United States is infected with HIV.
• One in five people infected with HIV do not know it.
• Half of all HIV new infections in the U.S. occur in people 25 years of age or younger.
• Approximately 56,300 new HIV infections occurred in the United States in 2006. This figure is 40% higher than the CDC’s former estimate of 40,000 annual HIV infections.
• Gay and bisexual men accounted for the greatest proportion of new HIV infections.
• African Americans, who make up approximately 12% of the US population, account for 50% of the HIV/AIDS cases diagnosed in the US.
• HIV infections among Hispanics was 3 times the rate among whites and accounted for 17% of new HIV infections.
• If current trends persist, AIDS could claim up to 100 million lives worldwide by 2020. At this rate, AIDS will be the worst epidemic in human history.
AIDS WALK HISTORY
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 brought his idea to the fledgling AIDS service organization, AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), who hired the young activist to produce this new event.
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.