Team WICKED Earns Gold Star Status for the 7th Consecutive Year by AIDS Walk LA
Updated: May 13, 2019
jessica drake Announces Team Wicked Will Return to Fundraise for the 2019 Event!
LOS ANGELES (May 7, 2019) – Led by adult superstar, sex educator and exclusive Wicked Pictures contract performer jessica drake, Team WICKED has earned Gold Star Status for the 7th consecutive year from AIDS Walk Los Angeles. The honor, presented to the annual walk’s top 20 teams, comes as drake also announces Team WICKED will return to raise funds for this year’s event.
Comprised of adult stars, sex workers, and advocates, Team WICKED has been a mainstay at AIDS Walk Los Angeles, having raised over $115,000 for the charity. This year’s event will take place at 10 am on Sunday, October 19 at Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles.
"I am excited to once again lead #TEAMWICKED at AIDS Walk Los Angeles this year after a successful effort last fall that raised much needed funds for HIV and AIDS research, as well as prevention efforts,” drake said. “Every year we see such a great response from industry members, friends and colleagues who contribute their time, effort and money to help change the lives of people impacted by HIV and AIDS. I am very proud to be a part of this effort and I would like to invite the entire industry to join Team Wicked for the 2019 walk.”
The teams earning Gold Star Status alongside Team WICKED include such notable companies as Paramount Pictures, Delta Airlines, APLA Health, Latham & Watkins, WEN in Spirit, Mac Cosmetics, ABC7, ETAF, Fox Entertainment Group, Oakwood School, Project Angel Food, CG Pride - Capital Group and many others.
Team WICKED raised $10,000 in 2018 and earned 15th place among the dozens of teams participating in the annual benefit presented by AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA). Attaining Star Walker status again, drake herself raised $6,175 of the team’s total, for 16th place among individual participants.
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“I am very proud of jessica and appreciate all her efforts. There would be no Team WICKED if not for her, which has been a catalyst in bringing our industry together in support of a great cause,” said Steve Orenstein, owner of Wicked Pictures.
In addition to her ongoing work with Team WICKED, drake is a frequent contributor to a variety of media outlets and a highly sought after sexual wellness speaker and educator who lectures at universities and leads seminars and workshops around the world. She is the writer, producer, and director of the video series “jessica drake's Guide to Wicked Sex,” which has received critical acclaim from industry stalwarts AVN, XBIZ, Fleshbot.com and more, as well as mainstream outlets like The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Refinery29 and many others.
For more information about “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex” titles, appearances, and sex education seminar series, visit GuideToWickedSex.com.
About AIDS Walk Los Angeles:
The world's first AIDS Walk was developed by Craig R. Miller in 1984, during the height of the AIDS epidemic. Seeing the need for immediate action in response to this public-health emergency, Miller sought to fill the void left by the government's negligible response to the crisis. Drawing on his experience as a political and community organizer, Miller's approach combined grassroots activism with fundraising and other campaign strategies to raise both awareness and urgently needed funds for the fight against AIDS. Miller brought his idea to the fledgling AIDS service organization, AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), who hired the young activist to produce this new event. Miller and APLA expected to draw a crowd of 1,000 supporters and raise $100,000 for this very first AIDS Walk. On July 28, 1985 in Los Angeles, 4,500 courageous and visionary people assembled at Paramount Studios and raised an astonishing $673,000. Since 1985, AIDS Walk Los Angeles has drawn over a half-million participants who have collectively raised more than $72 million for APLA. The event serves as a model of grassroots fundraising and community activism for organizations across the United States. For more information, visit http://www.aidswalk.net/.
About jessica drake:
An exclusive Wicked Pictures performer, writer, and director, as well as a global humanitarian and emerging sexual wellness authority, jessica drake’s brilliant career is illuminated by her prodigious talent and adult industry clout. A recipient of three coveted AVN Best Actress awards and AVN’s Mainstream Star of the Year honor, jessica has solidified her status as one of the industry’s most illustrious stars. However, it is her time invested in healing, working alongside, and educating the public of which she is most proud. In her self-directed, written, and produced “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex” series of instructional videos, jessica brings erotic topics to life through intimate demonstrations performed by some of today's top adult stars. Each edition addresses a different aspect of human sexuality, which is presented in the spirit of inclusion and explored with a distinct blend of knowledge, experience, and good humor. The series has earned recognition from AVN, XBIZ, and The Feminist Porn Awards, and is available on DVD, VOD and multiple streaming platforms.
A charismatic public speaker, the same demand for her modern sex education DVDs also takes jessica around the world - presenting seminars and workshops at expos, retail outlets, and colleges like USC, UCLA, and Chapman University – where she speaks to curious adults desiring to learn more about sex, romance, and communication. jessica also continues to be a paramount voice for sex workers across the world - she’s spoken at the Let Us Survive March, a rally for sex worker rights, and is a continuing sponsor of one of the first summits for sex workers, CatalystCon.
While jessica is certainly a performer at heart, her passion for sex education, advocacy, and inclusion are just as potent. “My passion comes from personal experience,” she states candidly, “from the idea we are all connected.”
For more information on jessica drake, visit Twitter.com/thejessicadrake.
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