Los Angeles – Wicked Pictures contract star and emerging sex educator jessica drake is encouraging industry members to join her and TEAM WICKED on October 23 at the annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles, which she will lead for the fifth time.
A fixture at the annual fundraiser, TEAM WICKED raised $15,416 last year, for a total of nearly $70,000 over the last four years for the event benefiting AIDS charities.
“Once again, I am SO excited about TEAM WICKED and AIDS Walk Los Angeles and all the support we’ve been getting,” drake said. “Every year, TEAM WICKED is one of the top fundraising teams, and we really want to keep that going. This year, we’ll also be utilizing our platform and high visibility to increase voter awareness in an effort to defeat Prop 60. Our team t-shirts, banners, and signs will say #NoProp60, and I’m asking everyone in the industry to support us and join in our effort to raise money for a cause that is very dear to our hearts and at the same time, help us educate voters. Also, as some of you may know, this is how I celebrate my birthday every year, so please join me after we cross the finish line for a champagne brunch!”
This year, TEAM WICKED aims to raise $20,000 and so far has raised $5,500 or 28 percent of that goal, making it second among all teams participating. Drake herself has raised $2,800 to the effort for fifth place among individual donors. Those interested in donating may visit TEAM WICKED’s AIDS Walk L.A. web page by clicking here.
“We’re thrilled to see jessica once again lead TEAM WICKED and bring together so many amazing and generous people under one banner,” said Wicked owner Steve Orenstein. “While it is still early, it seems this year both the size of the team and money raised will be higher than ever. This is a great cause and whether through TEAM WICKED or elsewhere, we encourage everyone to support it.”
In addition to jessica drake, TEAM WICKED includes Asa Akira, Ryan Driller, Tyler Nixon and many others. Adult industry performers and members may join TEAM WICKED by clicking here. Supporters, fans and anyone who wants to make a difference may inquire about walking with TEAM WICKED by emailing Press@WickedPictures.com.
Besides her ongoing work with TEAM WICKED and other charitable activities, drake is 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.
Established in 1985, AIDS Walk Los Angeles was the world’s first walk dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS. Over the last 31 years, the event has raised more than $79 million for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and advocacy programs. The event, which has served as a model of grassroots fundraising and community activism for organizations across the country, is sponsored by AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA). It is dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by HIV disease, reducing the incidence of HIV infection, and advocating for fair and effective HIV-related public policy. For more, please visit http://apla.org or http://la.aidswalk.net/.