On Thursday, March 20th, AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) celebrated at Bar St. Felix in Hollywood. This year will mark the 30th year of AIDS Walk Los Angeles. A great crowd came out to celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of Team Being Alive and the other teams who took part at last years walk. Being Alive received the top honor for the Community Coalition Initiative award.
During the award show the top star walkers were given awards along with the top fundraising teams. The energy was electric and the room was packed. At one point, they introduced a man who has been a volunteer walker in every single AIDS Walk since the beginning. That man shed a few tears as he was handed his award.
Outside on the patio, photos were being taken of all the award winners. Some photos were being taken of students from Rutgers University to be used as promotional banners for the upcoming walk. These amazing students chose to spend their spring break interning at APLA. It's this type of dedication that creates lasting success for the AIDS Walk.
Over the past 30 years that success has translated into over $75 million! This event serves as a model of grassroots fundraising and community activism for organizations across the nation. The night also served as a kick off to get the energy started for this years round of fundraising and it did just that.