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A Community United in Action AIDS Project Los Angeles has once again invited more than 30 local AIDS service organizations to receive urgently needed funds by participating in the Community Coalition Initiative (CCI). Now in its 16th year, the program allows these important organizations to fundraise as AIDS Walk Los Angeles teams and keep 100 percent of the proceeds they raise. Profiles by Kate Rosenblum
sian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team (APAIT) is a leading responder to HIV/AIDS in the Asian Pacific community. The organization offers a wide range of programs to improve the quality of life for medically underserved communities living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS. APAIT stemmed from the Asian Pacific Lesbians and Gays AIDS Intervention Team (APLG AIT), founded by Dean Goishi and five fellow members of the Asian Pacific Lesbians and Gays (APLG) in 1989. This group created HIV education materials in seven Asian Pacific Islander languages: Cambodian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese. Two years later, APLG AIT transitioned into the Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team and joined the National Minority AIDS Council.
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he Life Group LA is dedicated to improving the lives of people who are infected and affected by HIV. Empowerment and acceptance serve as the foundation of this organization, which offers free medical forums and support groups. Their services provide the judgment-free environment, emotional support, and education necessary to make healthy choices surrounding HIV. The Life Group LA Executive Director and Co-Founder, Sunnie Rose, lost many friends to HIV/AIDS. She remembers visiting dying friends in the hospital; some kept their HIV status a secret, while others were open about living with HIV but had families afraid to visit them. Sunnie recalls, “I would visit friends and crawl in bed with them. I just didn’t want people to be alone and isolated.”
Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team: Improving Quality of Life for Underserved Communities
The Life Group LA walks with pride and gratitude as part of the Community Coalition.
Sunnie’s calling to support others in times of need led her to establish The Life Group LA in 2005. Sunnie believes her organization’s involvement as a CCI team is vital. “I cannot thank AIDS Walk Los Angeles enough for extending this honor and privilege,” she says. “To be quite honest, without the money we raised last year at AIDS Walk Los Angeles, I am not sure where we would be now. I am forever, abundantly grateful!”
The Wall Las Memorias: Remembering the Past, Looking to the Future
n World AIDS Day, December 1, 1993, activists joined together in Los Angeles’s Lincoln Heights neighborhood to confront the plague of silence surrounding HIV/AIDS in the Latino community. It was this gathering that brought to life The Wall Las Memorias Project, founded by Richard Zaldivar. Richard aspired to build a memorial for people lost to AIDS. Supporters raised money to construct the memorial and, 11 years later, the wall was built. Upon the memorial’s completion, Richard declared, “We have faced the silence and denial of AIDS. More than 10 years ago, we made a commitment to build a monument to remember people lost to AIDS. Today, we celebrate a promise made and kept. No more denial, no more shame, no more fear. Only love.”
The Life Group LA: Healing from Within
To be quite honest, without the money we raised last year at AIDS Walk Los Angeles, I am not sure where we would be now. Sunnie Rose
Executive Director of The Life Group LA
"AIDS Walk Los Angeles has always been a boost for APAIT Health Center," says APAIT CEO Jury Candelario. “We walk as an excellent form of team building. The money raised helps serve our clients and build our own capacity to provide services." APAIT raised more than $8,900 through last year’s AIDS Walk Los Angeles. On October 14, they will walk for the third time as a Community Coalition team.
The Wall Las Memorias is not only a monument, but also a non-profit organization that provides free HIV testing, as well as services targeting men who have sex with men (MSM) and communities of faith. “Living in the era of the AIDS pandemic, it was my calling to fight the disease and address the social factors that led to the spread of HIV,” states Richard. “That remains my mission to this day.”
AIDS Walk Los Angeles thanks our Community Coalition Sponsor This year, not only is AHF Pharmacy the Presenting Sponsor of AIDS Walk Los Angeles, but it has again made an additional gift of $100,000 to support the Community Coalition Initiative. The 20 highest fundraising CCI teams will each receive a $5,000 grant from AHF Pharmacy!
Community Coalition Initiative Benefiting Organizations
626.683.0800 • camplaurel.org
310.836.5402 • projectchickensoup.org
310.392.8636 • venicefamilyclinic.org
213.250.9481 • projectnewhope.org
310.794.9058 • artglobalhealth.org
213.741.1950 • pawsla.org
310.450.2191 • wfhcenter.org
323.874.4322 • beingalivela.org
323.845.1800 • angelfood.org
818.763.8836 • valleycommunityclinic.org
562. 698.3850 • wrhap.org
323.727.7896 • bienestar.org
800.448.0858 • fapinfo.org
877.800.CAMP • campkindle.org
310.540.1344 • amigosonline.org
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Stylist to the Stars Takes His Team to the Top By Kate Rosenblum
elebrity stylist Chaz Dean is one of the hardest working men in hair business. On top of developing incredible hair products and styling stars like Alyssa Milano, Brooke Burke, and Holly Robinson Peete, Chaz stays busy fighting for causes close to his heart. One of his many ambitions is to sustain and improve care for people living with HIV/AIDS. Chaz works toward this goal by leading his AIDS Walk Los Angeles team, “WEN in Spirit,” and inviting fellow stylists, friends, and clients to join him to fundraise and walk together. Chaz is committed to supporting AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) and empowering his community to join him in the fight against AIDS. He explains, “APLA has inspired me to start my own team and walk to help raise funds and awareness. From extensive community outreach to vital food pantries, countless lives have been touched and changed by APLA.” Now in its third year, his team (named after Chaz’s acclaimed WEN line of hair products) has risen fast to become one of the top teams from last year’s event! Last year they collected $18,686 and ranked 16th highest out of 1,730 teams. The creativity pulsing through Chaz and his team reaches beyond their hair styling and design talents. Their innovative fundraising techniques are products of passion and fresh perspectives. Strategies include selling custom hand-painted Chuck Taylors and limitededition team T-shirts on eBay, donating haircuts by Chaz, and auctioning baskets of product. True to their team name, this group walks with spirit. Operations Manager at Chaz Dean, Inc.,
Craig Register, remarks that, “From the enthusiasm of the volunteers to the positivity of the walkers themselves, AIDS Walk Los Angeles inspires us. The joy that everyone brings to the Walk makes it one of the most inspiring events we take part in all year.” Team WEN in Spirit comes to West Hollywood Park ready to rejoice as they head 6.2 miles closer to a world free from HIV/AIDS. Leading the way are their equally spirited and wellgroomed four-legged friends: Chaz’s dogs Hunter, Spencer, and Ella.
Chaz Dean with his team, WEN in Spirit, lead by their four-legged friends.
PROFILES IN COURAGE – APLA CLIENT STORIES By Kristen Hellwig
Kengi Carr Kengi Carr remembers the first time he saw someone with AIDS. “An old family friend was hospitalized, and I drove his mother to see him,” Kengi recalls. “He looked awful – his mother was sobbing – and I remember wondering, ‘Is this going to be me someday?’” In fact, Kengi did become HIV-positive in 2008 – further complicating a medical history that already included sickle cell anemia and five bouts with cancer. At the time of his HIV diagnosis, Kengi was also homeless. “I knew that I needed help,” he says, “I had volunteered at APLA briefly in high school – so I knew that’s where I could go.” He joined APLA’s Newly Diagnosed support group and began seeing a case manager. Kengi says that “the staff at APLA genuinely cares. They call and check on me, and I’ve learned about so many resources that I can turn to.” No longer homeless himself, Kengi now uses his experience living on the streets to help others. He organizes groups of friends who assemble kits that include fresh socks and toiletries for other men, women, and youth who live on Los Angeles streets. “I know that I can depend on APLA,” Kengi says, “so now I can spend time helping those who depend on me.”
I know that I can depend on APLA, so now I can spend time helping those who depend on me. Kengi Carr Client at APLA
Darryl Hendrix For the first year after Darryl Hendrix was diagnosed with HIV, he didn’t tell his family. Thirty-one and married at the time, the father of two had enrolled in a research study at County-USC Medical Center to investigate an experimental drug to treat his high blood pressure. Three weeks into the study, a nurse pulled him into an exam room. “You don’t qualify to continue,” she said. “You have HIV.” Darryl’s HIV wasn’t the only secret he kept from his family. He was also gay. “It was just something else to be ashamed of,” he explains. The stress worsened his blood pressure problem until he eventually gathered his family in one room and came clean about his infection. The following afternoon, his mother died. “That was just the last straw,” he remembers quietly. “I thought [my mother’s] death was my fault. It was just too much.”
Within weeks, Darryl had attempted suicide twice, and he began spending most of his monthly income on cocaine. His blood pressure escalated wildly until, one day as he walked out of a grocery store, he collapsed in the parking lot and suffered a stroke. While hospitalized, a nurse told him about APLA. He began seeing a therapist through APLA’s Pacific Center, a program that recruits volunteer licensed marriage and family therapists who provide free weekly psychotherapy in the therapist’s private practice for APLA clients. “I had never really learned to cope with my HIV and my addiction,” he says. “But during therapy, I learned how.” Since he had become sober, Darryl also qualified for subsidized housing, and an APLA housing case manager located a Hollywood apartment for him. He used the free bus pass he received from APLA to travel to the agency’s Vance North Necessities of Life Program (NOLP) food pantry for groceries. And, determined to overcome the shame that still shrouded his life as a gay man, Darryl attended a series of workshops hosted by APLA’s African American Gay Men’s Health Initiative (AAGMHI). It was during those two days, Darryl says, that he took his first steps toward conquering the stigma that surrounded his sexuality. “I realized that being gay isn’t shameful,” he explains. “I have a lot of reasons to take better care of myself, to stay sober, and to control my HIV.”
Felicia Swift Looking back on her past, Felicia Swift can hardly remember a time when she wasn’t homeless. Felicia, a White Mountain Apache Indian who left her reservation in Arizona for Los Angeles, struggled with drug addiction and alcoholism. She is also HIV-positive. “Four years ago, a friend told me about APLA. He said that they could help me,” Felicia explains. “Since then, my life has turned around.” APLA’s Housing Support Services staff helped Felicia to find and pay for affordable housing. “Suddenly, I had my own apartment. I had rent and responsibilities. I even had my own cats. There were so many reasons to stay sober,” she says. And Felicia, who identifies as a transgender woman, also found a peer group. She began to attend meetings of APLA’s Red Circle Project, the only HIV prevention program in Los Angeles County that specifically targets Native American / Alaska Natives. “It wasn’t easy to find others who[m] I could identify with,” she says. “But during Red Circle meetings, I can really talk about issues that affect me: alcoholism, drugs, urban life. And I have a chance to talk to people who aren’t infected – to help them learn how to stay safe.” “And for once,” Felicia adds with a smile, “I feel like I’m part of a group. That’s a new feeling for me. I’m just not looking in from the outside anymore.”
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Along the Route
Sign-In and Awards Open Sign-In Hosted by Sunrider International Turn in funds and pick up fundraising awards.
Opening Ceremony Listen as celebrities and AIDS activists address the crowd with messages of inspiration and encouragement.
Walkers will pass three checkpoints, each featuring delicious beverages and snacks!
Pass under the balloon arch and receive a hearty congratulations, a Certificate of Completion, and refreshments as you celebrate to the tunes of our Post-Walk concert!
Aerobic Warm-Up Get those feet and legs revved up and ready to walk with our warm-up team.
Opening Ceremonies Starting Line
Finish Line Festivities
BOULEVARD Star Walker Sign in and Breakfast Teams Meeting Area
West Hollywood Sheriff's Station
Roller blades and skate-boards are discouraged on the 10k route. Sunscreen and hats are highly recommended. Before bringing pets, think carefully about safety, control, and heat.
AIDS Walk Los Angeles Begins! Join 30,000 participants on the 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) route through West Hollywood and Los Angeles. The Walk usually takes about two and a half hours to complete.
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WEST HOLLYWOOD PARK Sign-in and Awards
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Join these celebrity guests and many others for the 28th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles
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Star Walker Parking at the West Hollywood Library
Andrew Rannells of “The New Normal”
Barrett Foa of “NCIS: Los Angeles”
Dot-Marie Jones of “Glee”
Pauley Perrette of “NCIS”
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AIDS Walk Los Angeles – October 14
CRE: Providing the Hardware that Powers Our Commitment to the Environment By Megan Reath
Photo by Frances Iacuzzi
t’s Sunday morning, 6 a.m.—the day of AIDS Walk Los Angeles. At Sign-In, tech-savvy volunteers unload and set up enough computers, power cables, and routers to run a small company. For the next several hours, the parking structure at the West Hollywood Library serves as a makeshift Wi-Fi hotspot for thousands as AIDS Walk Los Angeles goes live. The goal? To ensure the event stays as green as possible by offering efficient, paperless sign-in. Culver City-based CRE Rentals makes this operation possible by supplying the computers necessary to power this effort at no charge to the event.
Volunteers distribute Walker Stickers at Green Walker Sign-In, powered by CRE. In 2008, AIDS Walk Los Angeles introduced its Green Walker™ program, an eco-friendly initiative to reduce both paper and postage. Green Walkers collect donations online and receive information via email. A huge perk of the program is the express, electronic “Green Walker SignIn” on the morning of the event. With these walkers now comprising more than a third of the walker population, this Sign-In needs to be stocked with computers capable of handling a crowd. Thanks to CRE, AIDS Walk Los Angeles is able to offer this quick-and-easy option to more than 12,000 Green Walkers. In addition to donating dozens of laptops to expedite Green Walker Sign-In in West Hollywood Park, CRE also donates laptops to AIDS Walk New York and AIDS Walk San Francisco, helping AIDS Walk events stay earth-friendly from coast to coast. “They do so much in all three cities! We are unbelievably grateful for their dedication to ensure our fight to eliminate HIV/AIDS goes hand in hand with our commitment to the environment,” says AIDS Walk Los Angeles Event Operations Specialist, Natalie Lembeck. As the Green Walker program enters its fifth year, support from CRE helps the AIDS Walk movement continuously make strides in producing a greener event. Visit computerrentals.com to learn more about CRE.
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Time Warner Cable: Tuned in to Generosity By Kate Rosenblum and Brett Spigelman
or your viewing pleasure and to support a great company, we suggest tuning in to a program on Time Warner Cable, a Grand Sponsor of AIDS Walk Los Angeles. This year, the company is more than doubling its airing of Public Service Announcements (PSAs), and is donating an additional $25,000 (a whopping 500% increase from last year’s financial contribution) to the event. Over the past 7 years, Time Warner Cable has established itself as one of AIDS Walk Los Angeles’s strongest and most committed sponsors. Launching into the 2012 campaign with its exceptional contribution, this praiseworthy cable company – the second largest in the U.S. – continues to demonstrate an extraordinary dedication to our community's fight against HIV/AIDS. AIDS Walk Los Angeles relies on donated marketing and promotional services during the months leading up to the event. Such promotion not only reminds people of the upcoming Walk, but also serves the vital function of keeping the issue in the public eye. By airing PSAs on more than eight cable channels, including CNN, Bravo, VH1, USA, and TBS, Time Warner Cable contributes tremendously to the event’s outreach.
“Time Warner Cable recognizes that AIDS Walk Los Angeles is one of the greatest events in Southern California,” says Community Relations Director Katie Beardsley. “It is such an impactful and enjoyable event that exemplifies community activism and unity. As a Grand Sponsor, we are committed to support the communities we serve and cultural diversity. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to the overall fight against HIV/AIDS.” Time Warner Cable is also proud to host the Star Walker™ Breakfast for the second year and continue providing “royal treatment” to AIDS Walk Los Angeles’s highest fundraisers. This breakfast takes place on the morning of the event and celebrates the fundraising elite: walkers who raise $1,000 or more. One of Time Warner Cable’s hits as host last year was their photo booth with on-the-spot printed photos. Another dazzling breakfast is in store for this year’s event! The continued success of AIDS Walk Los Angeles is possible because of the generous support of enthusiastic sponsors like Time Warner Cable. The company stands tall as a philanthropic leader in our community and a powerhouse in the fight to end AIDS.
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Star Walkers Club By Kate Rosenblum
Cynthia Park: the World’s Champion AIDS Walk Fundraiser
Photo by Donna F. Aceto
tar Walkers are AIDS Walk Los Angeles’s fundraising elite— those who set their fundraising goal at $1,000 or more. The collective power of these dedicated supporters has generated millions of dollars for AIDS Project Los Angeles and many other AIDS service organizations in L.A. County. This year we shine a special spotlight on one of our most inspirational stars: Cynthia Park. Cynthia began fundraising for AIDS Walk Los Angeles in 1993, and she hasn’t stopped since. She surprised even herself by raising more than $35,000 that first year. This was but the first of many successes. To date, she has raised a total of over $1 million! Currently Supervisor of DreamWorks Animation's Charitable Giving, Grants and Community Outreach, Cynthia was longtime
Cynthia (far right) at the event with her sisters, Bev and Judy, by her side. All three are sporting fabulous AIDS Walk Award T-shirts.
Executive Assistant to Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation. With Jeffrey’s Rolodex by her side, she is able to include studio executives, Cynthia actors, producers, directors, Park screenwriters and musicians $62,021 among her sponsors. However, it is not merely this special donor base keeping Cynthia at #1 on the “Top Fundraisers” list. It is her unwavering commitment to see a day without AIDS that sustains her astonishing fundraising year after year. This is evident to all her sponsors, many of whom have been supporting her since 1993. Cynthia says they are grateful for the personal messages she sends, once in the form of faxes, and now via email. “Let's all help to eliminate this epidemic,” Park says. “There are still people contracting this terrible disease. There are still people dying.” Cynthia adds, “There are so many organizations and causes that need our time, attention, and support, so I am very grateful for every dollar I am able to raise for AIDS Walk Los Angeles each year." “She has a lot of elegance,” admires Craig Miller, Founder and Producer of AIDS Walk Los Angeles. “When she approaches potential donors, she lets her personality shine through and everyone wants to support her—because it’s a good cause and she is graceful and passionate about it.” Thank you, Cynthia. Each year, you bring us closer to ending this epidemic.
“I know you have what it takes to be a Star Walker! Call me at 213.201.WALK to join the Club. I’ll be here to help you shoot for the stars!” Linsey Kramer Star Walker Coordinator
Fundraising Elite 2nd Place
Congratulations to the top 25 walkers of 2011.
Tom Whitman $36,723 Cynthia Park Tom Whitman Pauley Perrette Drew Carey Michael Collins Robert Frankel Todd Barnes
We applaud your dedication, determination, and fundraising finesse! Lee Rosenthal Aubrey Parnell Teddy Bass Rodney Gould Kendra Castleberry Jefferson Hendrick
Nancy Nyberg Penny Peyser David Weigand Michael Berckart Louis VanAmstel Robin Bram
Pauley Perrette $23,865 Audrey Friedman Richard Chung Ellen Goodman Hillel Wasserman Corey Palent Alicia Ramos
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Walkers who raise $1,000 or more receive the entire suite of Fundraising Awards: T-Shirt, Cap, Ear Buds, and Hoodie Sweatshirt.
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Gold Teams: AIDS Walk Los Angeles Royalty Gold Team 2012 rankings are based on funds raised at last year’s event
Gang of 100 $107,802
Anthem Blue Cross $26,086
Team Toyota $75,638
DreamWorks Animation $66,015
Kids Who Care $22,595
AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) $51,222
Team Price is Right $21,210
County of Los Angeles $35,905
Hollywood United Methodist Church $29,110 MAC Cosmetics $27,120
Fox Entertainment Group $20,470
In Memory of Steve Damiano $19,958
Paramount Pictures $19,717
WEN in Spirit $18,686
Crossroads Teen AIDS Ambassadors $17,330
Bank of America $16,835
University of California, Los Angeles - UCLA $14,955
Zenith Insurance Company $14,244
The Abbey/SBE/SLS and
NBC Universal $45,952
City of Los Angeles
Team Time Warner Cable $13,223
AIDS Walk Staff, Family & Friends $13,073
Rock Bottom Body $12,847
colors for a cause $12,709
Meet the AIDS Walk Los Angeles Team Coordinators. Call us at 213.201.WALK to form a team TODAY!
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Top Fundraising Teams from 2011 1.
Gang of 100
Photo by Hector Perez
Photo by Byron Thierry
For the fifth year in a row, Tom Whitman and his Gang of 100 have claimed the coveted title of #1 fundraising team. One of the most influential socialites in Los Angeles, as well as Board Chair of AIDS Project Los Angeles, Tom inspires his Team Members to step up, reach out, and make a difference. These young altruists have raised more than $600,000 for AIDS Walk Los Angeles. The Gang of 100 is known for their mid-Walk pool party – truly putting the fun in fundraising!
Toyota is a prime example of a team that goes above and beyond. In addition to the Toyota employees, friends, and family members who have been walking and fundraising as an AIDS Walk Los Angeles team for more than 18 years, the company has also been a longtime corporate sponsor of the event. Last year, the team reached new fundraising heights with a team total of $75,638 – the most the team has ever raised.
Photo by Hector Perez
Dreaming big and working hard, DreamWorks Animation has been a consistent Gold Team since 1996. Year after year, their always dedicated Team Leader, Dina Strada, rallies the support of DreamWorks creator, Jeffery Katzenberg, and its employees. Their “secret fundraising weapon” is the legendary Cynthia Park, who has raised a lifetime total of more than $1 million, making her the world’s most successful AIDS Walk participant!
New Roads School Leads the Path to an AIDS-Free Generation By Inbar Sharon
ew Roads School in Santa Monica is a small private school with a big heart. Founded on the philosophy of giving, the school reserves 40 percent of its funding for scholarships. The result is a significantly diverse and unique student body dedicated to fostering a warm, accepting school community. This ubiquitous spirit of community service led New Roads School to form an AIDS Walk Los Angeles team in 2001. They have reached milestones throughout the past 11 years, and last year they walked with more than 300 Team Members! New Roads School is also a member of the Kids Who Care Coalition, a group of about 10 schools that walk together as one massive team at the event. Formed in 1992, this coalition is proud to be a Gold Team, ranking among AIDS Walk Los Angeles’s top 20 fundraising groups! In addition to their unwavering dedication to the community, the team’s passion is fueled by a strong, personal connection to the fight against AIDS. On September 2, 2006, they lost one of their beloved students, Andraya Hunter, to AIDS. Andraya and her two siblings were born with HIV after their father infected their mother with the virus. She lost her whole family to the disease, and was raised primarily by her grandmother. Andraya passed away at age 18, just 3 weeks after receiving her high school diploma. Team Leader and Director of Volunteer Services at New Roads, Mario Johonson, describes Andraya as a “dynamic, outspoken youth leader who continually educated other young people about the importance of sexual health, safer sex, and compassion for the afflicted.” She inspired those who knew her while she was alive, and her spirit continues to inspire incoming students. Andraya envisioned the creation of a safe space at her school, where kids can talk freely about sexual health. “We have sought to honor her spirit by rallying our entire community to come out and support this awesome event,” says Mr. Johonson. “She lit the flame and we want it to stay alive forever.” With students walking from the elementary, middle, and high school, as well as numerous faculty, friends, and extended family members, it is clear that New Roads School is extraordinarily committed to that mission.
Photo by Michael Bernstein
With more than 300 Team Members, New Roads School is ready to take their determination to the streets at AIDS Walk Los Angeles.
Ta b l e o f C o n t e n t s
APLA Board of Directors and Ambassador Council
AIDS Walk Los Angeles Corporate Sponsors
AIDS Walk Los Angeles Production Team
AIDS Walk Los Angeles Ads Banned from Big Blue Bus
A Community United in Action
Profiles in Courage - APLA Client Stories
Time Warner Cable: Tuned in to Generosity
Cynthia Park: The World’s Champion AIDS Walk Fundraiser
Congratulations Gold Teams
We Miss You, Elaine
Stylist to the Stars Takes His Team to the Top
CRE: Powering Our Commitment to the Environment
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Welcome to AIDS Walk Los Angeles 2012 Thirty-thousand people. That’s the number expected to fill the streets of West Hollywood and Los Angeles on October 14 for the 28th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles. It’s a number large enough to stop traffic; to turn heads from Highland Park to Hollywood; and to remind our city that HIV/AIDS is still taking lives every day, in every neighborhood. It’s an extraordinary number. But it falls short of another different and devastating statistic: 33,000 – the number of lives taken by HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles County since the epidemic began. Since 1985, when Los Angeles held the first fundraising walk to fight HIV/AIDS, Angelenos have been on the front lines of the battle to end the epidemic. Together, we’ve made tremendous strides. In 2011, with your support, we provided direct services and education programs to more than 11,000 low-income people living with HIV/AIDS. We distributed over 150,000 bags of free groceries through our Vance North Necessities of Life Program food pantry network – the largest of its kind in the country. We performed more than 12,000 dental procedures in our two dental clinics and mobile dental van. And we’ve provided countless hours of mental health counseling, housing assistance, and in-home care throughout Los Angeles. Because of your efforts, we’ve also reached thousands with our face-to-face HIV prevention and testing programs. These groundbreaking initiatives target those at highest risk of infection – including gay men, people of color, and youth – to stop the epidemic in its tracks. Our testing program identifies those who are HIV-positive but don’t know it and links them directly to lifesaving care. And your work has taken us from City Hall to Sacramento to the U.S. Capitol to bring the urgent concerns of all affected by HIV/AIDS directly to our most influential policymakers. But we still face stark realities. In Los Angeles County, seven new people become HIV-positive every day. And 60,000 are already living with the disease here; 20 percent don’t know it. That’s why we need you: to bring vital programs and services to every person who walks through our doors; to offer HIV prevention education to all we can reach; to talk about the worst public health crisis in our history with every leader who will listen; and to lend our decades of experience to every person we can touch. On behalf of the clients, volunteers, staff and board of directors of AIDS Project Los Angeles, welcome to AIDS Walk Los Angeles 2012. Thank you for walking with us.
Craig E. Thompson Executive Director AIDS Project Los Angeles
Tom Whitman Chair Board of Directors
Volunteer for AIDS Walk Los Angeles
Debbie Cordero Answers the Call Special Thanks to In Kind Donors
AIDS Walk Los Angeles Born Out of Activism
AIDS Walk Los Angeles was founded in 1985 by Craig R. Miller and his organization of activists, MZA Events. Miller and MZA have produced this landmark event every year since its inception. Through the efforts of thousands of supporters, AIDS Walk Los Angeles has become a proud Los Angeles tradition and the largest AIDS fundraiser in California. In its 28-year history, the event has raised more than $72 million for AIDS Project Los Angeles and scores of other AIDS service organizations throughout L.A. County.
AIDS Project Los Angeles is 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.
CONTRIBUTORS Bert Champagne, Brent Colby, Iris Chan, Ben Fordham, Leif Green, Kristen Hellwig, Scott Hoeninger, Gabriel J. McGowan, Christopher Mendoza, Megan Reath, Kate Rosenblum, Inbar Sharon, Brett Spigelman, and Bart Verry. Special thanks to the photographers who generously donated their time and talent to AIDS Walk Los Angeles: Lead Photographer Donna F. Aceto; Dale Baron, Jeff Bender, Adam Bouska, Ken Camarillo, Louis Kengi, Kat Carr, Bert Champagne, Jean-Claude Photography, Ramir Delgado, Frances Iacuzzi, Sam Lembeck, Jeffrey Parshley, Hector Perez, Danny Resnic, Marco Robinson, Lee Serrano, Jennifer Calais Smith, Byron Thierry, and Michelle Uy.
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We Miss You, Elaine By Bert Champagne and Kate Rosenblum
Photo by Marco Robinson
she went on a strict “doctor’s orders” diet and refrained from eating these dishes, she continued cooking them for us. Elaine’s last visit to the office was in January. The volunteer room was freshly painted blue; Elaine loved it and said the color matched her eyes. A few weeks later, longtime staff and close friends of Elaine, Bert Champagne and April Yamamoto, visited Elaine in the hospital. She told them she loved the AIDS Walk Los Angeles staff and thanked everyone for making her last 15 years so wonderful. The following afternoon, she passed away peacefully.
This spring, April, Bert, and several volunteers arranged a memorial for Elaine. At the service, Elaine’s daughter Jackie said she knew her mom was happy when she was volunteering for AIDS Walk Los Angeles. The office is not the same without Elaine. We will work in her honor on this year’s event and will never forget her years of dedicated service and positive outlook, which live on in all who knew her. With great sadness, Bert expresses that, “When you think of love, you think of Elaine. Sometimes on Valentine's Day, you have to let go of someone you love.” Photos by Marco Robinson
his Valentine’s Day, AIDS Walk Los Angeles suffered a heartbreaking loss when longtime volunteer Elaine Abraham passed away. For 15 years, the AIDS Walk Los Angeles office was a second home to Elaine. To the event staff, she was family. Seventeen years ago, Elaine’s son Jeff died of AIDS. Rather than squelching her spirit, this terrible loss fueled her determination to prevent other mothers from experiencing this kind of suffering. Elaine made it her mission to keep Jeff's memory alive by volunteering for AIDS Walk Los Angeles. Throughout the busy season of preparation before each year’s event (July through October), you would find Elaine in the office nearly every day, sitting alongside fellow dedicated volunteers as they talked, laughed, stuffed Walker Kits, packaged posters, and helped with a variety of tasks. Our staff loved stopping by the volunteer room to chat with Elaine, always uplifted by her beautiful smile and energy. Making us happy made Elaine happy. She cooked delicious lunches for us, toting pans of shepherd’s pie, tamale pie, and kugel into the office. Even after
Elaine with members of her AIDS Walk Los Angeles family.
Elaine with AIDS Walk Los Angeles Event Director, Shona Borevitz.
Thank You to Our Outstanding Volunteers – We Could Not Do This Without You
Nothing inspires me more than seeing 30,000 people take to the streets each year in support of this important cause, I would not miss it for anything. The public can forget how many people in their community continue to struggle with the day-to-day consequences of this disease. AIDS Walk Los Angeles brings that all back into focus.
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Debbie Cordero Answers the Call… and We Adore Her!
“Thank you for calling AIDS Walk Los Angeles. How may I help you?” Those are the words you will hear when you call the AIDS Walk Los Angeles office and, most likely, the person talking to you is our sweet and spicy Debbie Cordero! In her role as Office Coordinator, Debbie is the front line on incoming calls and answers an estimated 5,000 calls throughout any given AIDS Walk Los Angeles campaign. While her main assignment is to assist the people who call, she is also responsible for processing walker registrations, managing the office inventory of supplies, mailing each and every Walker Kit (which numbered more than 18,000 last year), and a myriad of tasks large and small; always with a smile. Debbie’s tasks are numerous and she handles them all with great skill and vivacity, but her greatest gifts to the AIDS Walk are her patience, thoughtfulness, efficiency, and welcoming manner. Her desk is at the entrance to the office, and she greets every visitor with warmth and the sincere desire to help. Debbie started with AIDS Walk Los Angeles in 2001. She played an important role in helping the AIDS Walk relocate to West Hollywood Park when it was required to move from Paramount Studios. Due to security concerns after the tragic circumstances of September 11th, Paramount Studios was, with great remorse, forced to end its 16-year history of hosting the event. She has been with us each year after that. “Debbie is so delightful. She returns to us when the campaign starts every year; just like a refreshing, lovely spring season after a dull, cold winter!” Supervisor of Office Management, Bert Champagne, gushes. Praise for Debbie comes from all of her co-workers. Shona Borevitz, Event Director, explains, “Debbie is the perfect blend of professional purpose and homespun kindness.” Debbie’s hospitality also enchants the staff and volunteers. When the campaign is in full tilt and some are too busy to escape for lunch, she brings in a three-foot burrito from Manuel Original El Tepeyac Cafe with all the delicious trimmings, and makes sure that everyone gets a slice, covered in her favorite – ranchero sauce! Sadly for AIDS Walk Los Angeles, Debbie will be retiring after this year’s event. Shona expresses everyone’s heart-felt well-wishes over Debbie’s departure: “Debbie’s bright smile and robust laugh are going to be sorely missed! “ She adds, “Ya la extrañamos. La amamos mucho, para, nosotros ella es familia.”
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ongratulations AIDS Project Los Angeles on all your wonderful work.
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Board of Directors
Hon. John J. Duran Councilmember, City of West Hollywood
TRUSTEES Ron Burkle The Yucaipa Companies Jeffrey Katzenberg DreamWorks SKG
OFFICERS Tom Whitman - Chair Tom Whitman Presents, Inc. Rodney Gould – Vice Chair Attorney at Law Ron Valdez - Treasurer Hamilton-Selway Fine Art
Joel L. Flatow General Manager, West Coast Operations and Senior Vice President, Artist and Industry Relations, Recording Industry Association of America Wayne Flick Partner, Litigation Department Latham & Watkins LLP Howard Gleicher CEO and Chief Investment Officer, Aristotle Capital Management, LLC Kacy Hutchison Senior Director, Government Affairs, Gilead Sciences
Carl Baker - Secretary Senior Operations Manager, Wilbert C. Jordan, M.D., Office of the CEO & President, M.P.H. Bank of America Home Loans Medical Director, OASIS Clinic
DIRECTORS Richard Chung Animation Co-Producer, The Simpsons, Twentieth Century Fox Judith S. Currier, M.D. Professor of Medicine Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
Shawn Khorrami Partner, Khorrami LLP Lefky Mansi Senior Vice President, Regional President Los Angeles Community Bank, Wells Fargo & Company J.R. McGinnis Senior Vice President, U.S. Business Affairs, Sony Pictures Television
C. Martin Meekins General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Empyrean Capital Partners, LP Richard A. Munisteri Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Live Nation Entertainment Mark Perrin Principal, Perrin Consultancy Paul Santello Senior Vice President, Brand Sales & Marketing Evolve Media Troy Sattler Partner, Sattler Duban Capital Management LLC, Duban Sattler and Associates, LLP Leonard Scroggins Director, Sales Operations Senior Broker Services, Anthem Blue Cross Steven J. Shoptaw, Ph.D. David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Department of Family Medicine; Executive Director, Safe House Toby Washington, M.D. Chief of Radiology, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Craig E. Thompson Executive Director AIDS Project Los Angeles
Jim Murphy, Co-Chair Christian Dowell, Co-Chair Matt Redman, Board Chair Emeritus Ambassador Council Liaison to the APLA Board of Directors
Tim Aldrete James L. Arnone Leslie Barclay Shelley Benson Eric G. Bing, M.D. Howard Bragman Barclay Butera Dan Clivner Thomas Coates, PhD David Cooley Jack Corwin Eric Daar, M.D. Ignacio Darnaude Dan De Léon Chris Diamond John Douponce Christian Dowell Roberta Eidman, M.P.H. Wayne Elias Tim Engel
Ty Ervin Shelley Freeman Brenda R. Freiberg Alan L. Friel David Galligan Mark Gill Jeffrey S. Haber Stephen Hardenburg W. David Hardy, M.D. Bill Harrison Tom Hogg III Harold I. Huttas Kevin James Jeff Jenest Lee Klosinski, Ph.D. Vallery Kountze Mark Krasne Barry Krost Steve Machuca Bill Mannion
Leslie A. Margolin John Martens Dona R. Miller David Neale John A. Pérez Rosalind Renfro Luis Miguel Rodriguez-Villa Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, Ph.D. Randy Rotondo Peter Ruane, MD Kathy Sanders-Phillips, Ph.D Lou Sawaya Michael Strand Alan Strasburg Jewel Thais-Williams Bruce Vilanch Frank Voci Jim Wilson Les Zendle, M.D.
A Heartfelt Thank You to CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD
CITY OF LOS ANGELES
Mayor Jeffrey Prang Mayor Pro Tempore Abbe Land Councilmember John D’Amico Councilmember John J. Duran Councilmember John Heilman
Councilmember Paul Koretz 5th District Councilmember Paul Krekorian 2nd District Councilmember Herb J. Wesson 10th District Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa
And the many other City officials and employees who welcomed AIDS Walk Los Angeles to their community and helped make this year’s event a huge success!
AIDS Walk Los Angeles Corporate Sponsors PRESENTING SPONSOR
AIDS Walk Los Angeles Production Team Craig R. Miller
AIDS Walk Founder/Producer
Supervisor of Teams & Targeted Fundraising
Supervisor of Office Management & Community Coalition Coordinator
Caitlin Mintz IT & New Media Specialist
Team Coordinator & Fundraising Specialist
Supervisor of Event Operations
Sonya Elise Roberts
Star Walker Coordinator & Fundraising Specialist
Event Operations Specialist
Event Operations Specialist
Inbar Sharon Team Coordinator & Fundraising Specialist
Team Coordinator & Fundraising Specialist
Robert Siron Production Coordinator & Fundraising Specialist
Thank You to our Outstanding Interns COMMUNITY COALITION SPONSOR
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MAJOR SPONSORS Anthem Blue Cross of California Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market • Target SUPPORTING SPONSORS Armani Exchange • The Beverly Hilton • Gelson's Markets Lexington Social House • Union Bank • Wells Fargo EVENT SPONSORS THE ADVOCATE • Bristol-Myers Squibb • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Edison International • Eye • Fox Entertainment Group Gilead Sciences, Inc. • JDV Hotels • Paul Smith, Inc. Ramada Plaza West Hollywood • Sheraton Universal Hotel • VIACOM Warner Bros. Entertainment CO-CHAIR PATRONS Canon Business Solutions • PwC CO-CHAIR SUPPORTERS Blackbaud Internet Solutions • El Dorado Tortillas • Elkins Jones Insurance Agency, Inc. Mal Warwick Associates | Donordigital • PRIDE CARD SERVICES • Quo Vadis Concierge The TJX Companies, Inc. CO-CHAIRS Abacus Insurance Group • Baldwin Hills Investors LLP • The Beverly Hills Insurance Group Ernst & Young LLP • Klawiter and Associates, Inc. • Minuteman Parking Rhino Entertainment • Werner Family Foundation
Iris Chan, Promotions Intern Virginia Cortez, Office Coordinator Intern Michael Ghiam, Volunteer Intern Amanda Haney, Star Walker Intern Louis Ortega, Team Intern Areilly Partida, Sponsorship Intern Leslie Picazo, Team Intern Kimberly Trujillo, Office Coordinator Intern Jose Vidal, Office Coordinator Intern
Thank You MZA Events National Staff William Archer, Senior Director of Campaign Operations Brent Colby, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Communications Ben Fordham, Supervisor of Communications Leif Green, Senior Director of Creative Services Scott Hoeninger, It & New Media Supervisor Rebecca Mirkil, Director of Finance and Administration Jesse Pasackow, Data Processing Supervisor Brett Spigelman, Supervisor of Sponsorship and Major Gifts Bryan Wilson, Executive Assistant to President/CEO April Yamamoto, Manager of Data Systems & Analysis
Special Thanks to: Carmela Aquino, Leslie Goodykoontz, Thom Medrano, Emily Parson, Eddie Shapiro, and Amber Tracy.
And a heartfelt thank you to the more than 2,000 APLA volunteers who make this event a success!
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Why Are AIDS Walk Los Angeles Ads Banned from Big Blue Bus? By Ben Fordham
or many years, AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) has purchased paid advertisements on Big Blue Bus (operated by the City of Santa Monica) for its annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles. These ads help educate and engage the public. This year, Big Blue Bus is refusing these promotions and all other public service messages from charities. AIDS Project Los Angeles has been fighting back with a campaign to end this “absurd” ban on advertising non-profit community services. “This unfair policy not only hurts AIDS Project Los Angeles, it also Phil Curtis, APLA’s Director of Government Affairs, shows the L.A. Times ad placed by targets all other non-profits which AIDS Walk Los Angeles encouraging foster community spirit, help those supporters to express their outrange to who are most vulnerable, and Santa Monica City officials. provide valuable information to the public,” said Phil Curtis, Director of Government Affairs at APLA. While the City of Santa Monica blunders over its ad policy, fortunately, the City of Los Angeles is not experiencing this difficulty. Such ads are on L.A. buses right now, just as similar AIDS Walk ads ran on San Francisco buses earlier this summer. “Sadly, the unelected executives at Santa Monica City Hall have it wrong,” said Lisa Brisse, President of Santa Monica-based company State of the Heart Fitness, and 18-year resident of Santa Monica. “If ads from oil companies or for extra large soft drinks can run on Santa Monica buses, then community groups confronting global warming, childhood obesity or AIDS should have the same right to buy ads.” Brisse is spearheading a new AIDS Walk Los Angeles team called Santa Monicans for AIDS Walk L.A. The team sprung up as a grassroots response from Santa Monicans to the new Big Blue Bus policy. “Santa Monica residents are not taking this issue lightly,” said Brisse. “As responsible citizens, we will fight to bring responsible values and healthy, active choices back to the sides of the Big Blue Bus.” If you are interested in becoming a part of this effort, visit aidswalk.net and join team #2776, “Santa Monicans for AIDS Walk L.A.”
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