Los Angeles, CA —
More than 30,000 walkers participated in Sunday's AIDS Walk Los Angeles
, including Glee
co-star Dot Marie Jones, talk show host Carson Kressley, NCIS
co-star Pauley Perrette and The Price Is Right
host Drew Carey.
The 27th annual walk raised more than $3 million to benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles
(APLA) and 24 other Los Angeles County AIDS service organizations working to stop the spread of HIV.
"Overcoming economic challenges that continue to hit especially hard here in Southern California, our 30,000 participants filled the streets and raised $3,005,014 to fight AIDS and provide vital care for people living with HIV," said Craig R. Miller, founder and producer of AIDS Walk Los Angeles
. "We are deeply grateful to them, and their tens of thousands of donors, for reaching out and making a powerful statement. We are our brother's keeper—we are our sister's keeper."
"As we mark the 30th year of the epidemic in the United States, AIDS Walk Los Angeles
remains a critical – and, in fact, the single largest – source of support for those who rely on APLA's services," said Craig E. Thompson, executive director of AIDS Project Los Angeles
. "With their incredible fundraising, AIDS Walk Los Angeles
participants are changing lives, powering prevention efforts, and supporting advocacy work to defend the civil rights of all who live with this still-deadly disease."
Also in attendance were California State Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, The Real World: D.C.
's Mike Manning, comedian Hal Sparks and television host Jai Rodriguez.