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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.

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 nearly $75 million. The event serves as a model of grassroots fundraising and community activism for organizations across the United States

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.


It is 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) and takes roughly 2 to 3 hours to complete.

8:30 a.m. - Sign-In Opens
9 a.m. - Aerobic Workout
9:15 a.m. - Opening Ceremony Begins
10 a.m. - AIDS Walk Los Angeles Begins!

There may be many networking opportunities at the 2013 AIDS Walk Los Angeles. Find out more in the event details below.

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Conference/Event Dates: 10/13/2013 - 10/13/2013
Classification: Consumer
Primary Industry: Charitable Events
Other Industries: Cause-Related Events, Charitable Events, Consumer Health, Food & Fitness, Health & Fitness, HIV AIDS, Professional Healthcare
Estimated Attendance: 30,000
Audience: Open to the Public
Venue: Melrose Avenue and San Vicente Avenue
Venue Type: Outdoor - Street
Show Owner:MZA Events
Show Manager:MZA Events
Sponsorship: Yes
Sponsorship Details: By becoming a sponsor of AIDS Walk Los Angeles, you can make a significant contribution to the fight against AIDS and play a central role in the continued success of the world's first such event. The AIDS Walk Los Angeles staff will work closely with you and your organization to tailor a sponsorship package that creatively meets your specific goals.

Booth Size Booth Cost   Available Amenities
Sponsorship Opportunities Available Please Contact Lesley Mendoza for Additional Information   Electricity: n/a
  Water: n/a
  Generator: n/a
  Marketing Vehicles Allowed: Yes
Other Booth Sizes Available: n/a

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