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January 10, 2017

Save the Dates! Join APLA Health for Four Special Events in 2017

The Envelope, Please, Dining Out For Life, S.T.A.G.E., and AIDS Walk Los Angeles raise funds and help provide health care services for underserved LGBTQ and HIV communities in L.A. County



Mark your calendars!  APLA Health is proud to announce a full slate of special events in 2017 that will help raise critically needed funds and provide services for those living with HIV/AIDS and low-income LGBTQ communities in Los Angeles County.

2017’s events include our 16th annual The Envelope, Please: An Oscar® Viewing Party on Sunday, February 26, at The Abbey Food & Bar in West Hollywood; the return of Dining Out For Life on April 27, during which participating restaurants will donate a portion of their evening’s receipts to APLA Health and Project Angel Food,  as well as two of the most enduring HIV/AIDS fundraisers in the country: the Southland Theater Artists Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E.) on May 13 and AIDS Walk Los Angeles in October, both in their 33rd years.

Each event offers its own unique experience—from a glamorous black-tie affair to a large-scale community walk. They all share one thing in common, however: They bring vital support to the 14,000 patients and clients to whom APLA Health provides services every year.

“These events are the lifeblood of what we do,” APLA Health Chief Executive Officer Craig E. Thompson says. “The support that comes from them helps us maintain the high quality of care we’ve been offering our patients and clients for nearly 35 years and, quite literally, saves many lives.”

Details for each of APLA Health’s fundraising events in 2017 are listed below. Additional details will be confirmed for each event closer to its respective date.

The Envelope, Please: An Oscar® Viewing Party

WHAT: The Abbey Food & Bar has been the longtime home for this Oscar® bash, which has raised more than $1.5 million for APLA Health’s critically needed services. The 16th annual black-tie event features a VIP cocktail reception, a seated dinner, and exclusive viewing of the Academy Awards broadcast. Pauley Perrette (of CBS’s NCIS) returns as host.

WHEN: Sunday, February 26

WHERE: The Abbey Food & Bar, 692 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069



Dining Out For Life

WHAT: Dining Out For Life is a city-wide dining event that invites patrons at participating restaurants throughout Los Angeles to give back to their community simply by enjoying a meal! This is the first time Dining Out for Life will be happening in Los Angeles in six years. Dining Out For Life is an automatic opt-in fundraiser—meaning whether guests know it or not, they will be contributing to APLA Health’s efforts to fight HIV in L.A. County and ensure everyone has access to quality health care. It’s an ordinary act that makes an extraordinary impact.

WHEN: Thursday, April 27

WHERE:Restaurants throughout Los Angeles; list to be announced in February



33rd Annual Southland Theater Artists Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E.)

WHAT: S.T.A.G.E. is the world’s longest running musical theatre benefit for HIV/AIDS. The curtain rises this year on a star-studded production, directed by S.T.A.G.E. stalwart David Galligan. Since it first took the stage in 1984, the event has featured more than 300 stars of Broadway, film, and television, and has raised millions of dollars for APLA Health and other HIV/AIDS organizations in Southern California.

WHEN:  Saturday, May 13

WHERE:  Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211

(Tickets on sale this spring)


33rd Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles

WHAT: One of the country’s largest HIV/AIDS-focused events, AIDS Walk Los Angeles raises funds for APLA Health and more than 20 other L.A. County organizations that provide health care and support services to those living with HIV/AIDS. This year’s event will once again take place in downtown Los Angeles, starting and ending in Grand Park. Since its inception, AIDS Walk has raised more than $83 million to fight the epidemic in Los Angeles County.

WHEN:  October, exact Sunday TBA

WHERE: Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles



APLA Health’s mission is to achieve health care equity and promote well-being for the LGBT and other underserved communities and people living with and affected by HIV. We are a nonprofit, federally qualified health center serving more than 14,000 people annually. We provide 20 different services from 14 locations throughout Los Angeles County, including: medical, dental, and behavioral health care; PrEP counseling and management; health education and HIV prevention; and STD screening and treatment. For people living with HIV, we offer housing support; benefits counseling; home health care; and the Vance North Necessities of Life Program food pantries; among several other critically needed services. Additionally, we are leaders in advocating for policy and legislation that positively impacts the LGBT and HIV communities, provide capacity-building assistance to health departments across the country, and conduct community-based research on issues affecting the communities we serve. For more information, please visit us at