To create further awareness about HIV and AIDS in the community, The Wall-Las Memorias Project (TWLMP) created Strike Out AIDS at Dodger Stadium in 2000. Today, the annual event brings together friends and families from across Los Angeles for a day of Dodger baseball and HIV/AIDS awareness.
TWLMP sells group tickets for the event with the maximum sale of 3,200 which has sold out the right field pavilion. The event includes the presentation of a human AIDS ribbon as part of the pregame ceremony; consisting of over 400 supporters dressed in red commemorative shirts donated by American Apparel. Key community leaders and heroes are also introduced along the first base line.
In the early stages of the event, The Wall Las Memorias Project published a special 32 page bilingual commemorative Strike Out AIDS supplement which was distributed to all those entering the parking gates at the stadium. TWLMP has also provided singers for the National Anthem—including Latin recording artist, Albita and internationally acclaimed opera singer, Suzanna Guzman.The support for Strike Out AIDS represents a cross section of the greater Los Angeles community. Its support has come from AIDS service organizations, community groups, faith institutions, supporters and the LGBT community.
Community supporters have also included CBS/KCAL and Time Warner Cable. Both have taped public service announcements for the event that have been aired to help support ticket sales. Los Angeles Dodger Andre Ethier has been a spokesperson for the event two years in a row. His message was carried as part of the TV public service announcements and the presentation on the Dodger video board. Strike Out AIDS is the largest AIDS awareness event in the west coast.
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