25,000 marchers expected Sunday for AIDS Walk Los Angeles
Organizers expect 25,000 people to take part in this year’s 6.2-mile AIDS Walk Los Angeles, which will take place Sunday in West Hollywood and Los Angeles.
The event marks the 29th year for the fundraiser, which benefits AIDS Project Los Angeles, a nonprofit organization that offers services, education and other assistance to the 60,000 people living with AIDS in Los Angeles, said Brent Colby, director of strategic partnerships and communications for the walk.
Celebrities on hand this year will include Richard Simmons, who will lead an aerobic warmup at 9 a.m., and hosts Wayne Brady and Drew Carey. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land are also scheduled to speak.
In 1984, the first year that the event took place, 4,500 people took part, raising $673,000. Last year, walkers brought in $2.9 million. AIDS Walk expects to raise about the same amount of money this year, Colby said.
The walk route begins at West Hollywood Park, at San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue. Streets around the route will be closed for various parts of the day Sunday (click here for a summary of closures, and here for further event day information.)
Walkers can still sign up online, or can to sign up in West Hollywood Park on Sunday.
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