Angeles raises $1,000-plus for AIDS Walk


By Fleet Capt. Dave Mason
LOS ANGELES — Thousands walked between skyscrapers, old buildings and garment factories during the AIDS Walk Los Angeles in its new location.
And the USS Angeles was there, raising more than $1,000 in its most successful campaign in recent years. Way to go!
The walk Oct. 2 raised more than $1.5 million for APLA Health and its services for AIDS and HIV-positive patients.
Friends Annette and Danny Harndon joined Jay Gerber (pictured above), Kathy Carder (pictured above), Paul Szymborski and me for the USS Angeles AIDS Walk team. Although Jeremy Kranz wasn’t able to walk on Sunday, he also raised money.
The walk began with an opening ceremony featuring “NCIS” star Pauley Perrette, aka Abby on CBS’ “NCIS,” as well as TV and movie star Peter Gallagher and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Later, we caught up with Perrette, who was walking with her team, the Hollywood United Methodist Church. They stopped at one point in the walk for a team picture.
During the opening ceremony, volunteers with APLA Health held up signs to emphasize the nonprofit’s services for AIDS and HIV-positive patients, from medical care to housing.
Along the route, there were many cheerleaders, musicians and radio DJs nestled in the historic heart of L.A. Volunteers cheered us on.
The only challenge was a steep hill near the end of the walk, but we made the climb. We made it one step at a time, and that’s how progress is being made in the efforts to help AIDS and HIV-positive patients.
The day was inspirational, and downtown Los Angeles proved to be a great venue. We cheered, we walked, and at one point, musicians played a bunch of drums.
The excitement never stopped.
And we are still accepting donations at

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Dave Mason

Commanding Officer, USS Angeles NCC-71840