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AIDS Walk LA Draws Thousands To WeHo, Raises $2.9M

WEST HOLLYWOOD ( — Thousands of walkers filled the streets of West Hollywood on Sunday for the 28th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, along with West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tempore Abbe Land, and other dignitaries addressed crowd of about 30,000 during an opening ceremony.

The 10-kilometer walk at West Hollywood Park began at 10 a.m. and featured other notable guests and celebrities.

In a statement released on behalf of AIDS Project LA -- event Founder/Producer Craig R. Miller -- said the walk raised $2,912,209.

"Thanks to the thousands of dedicated people who walk and fundraiser each year, we have made tremendous progress and we are facing a better day in the fight against AIDS," Miller said. "But we have to remain strong in our response. We have to remain vigilant. And most of all we have to remain visible."

The statement said that more than $75 million has been raised since the walk began, including $3 million last year to fight the disease in Los Angeles County.

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