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#TEAMWICKED Raises Over $100,000 for AIDS Walk LA

Sex Workers and Advocates Rally for 2018 Event!


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LOS ANGELES (August 20, 2018) – Led by adult superstar, sex educator and exclusive Wicked Pictures contract performer jessica drake, Team WICKED has raised $106,735 for AIDS Walk Los Angeles since 2012. This announcement comes as Team Wicked begins preparation for the 2018 annual benefit.


Comprised of adult stars, sex workers, and advocates, Team WICKED has been a mainstay at AIDS Walk Los Angeles which will return this year at 10 a.m. on October 21 at Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles.


"Leading Team WICKED and bringing so many folks together each year to support this amazing cause has become one of my passions,” drake said. “Being able to raise more than $100,000 since we started on this quest is mind blowing. HIV & AIDS research and prevention is a cause close to my heart, and doing this walk as a team not only raises money, it also raises awareness. Also, the walk happens on or near my birthday each year, so it's my favorite way to celebrate! Like many other accomplishments in my life, it wouldn’t be possible without the ongoing support and teamwork of so many people on Team WICKED throughout the years. I am grateful for each and every one of them, and invite everyone interested to join us this year.”


Having raised between $13,000 and $22,000 each year, Team WICKED won’t slow down this year. It always seeks to be among the top fundraising teams at the annual benefit presented by AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA).


“I am very proud of jessica, Team WICKED and the supporters for their longstanding commitment and dedication to this great cause,” said Steve Orenstein, owner of Wicked Pictures.


Besides her ongoing work with TEAM WICKED and other charitable causes, drake is a frequent contributor to a variety of media outlets as well as being 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 others, 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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