[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n July 9 in Glendale, California, Angelenos dedicated to helping raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS support services donned their cowboy or cowgirl hats, riding boots, or at least their smiles for the eleventh annual Saddle Up LA, an AIDS Benefit Horseback Trail Ride and Country BBQ. Hardly a fringe event (it sold out), Saddle Up LA lassoed sixty participants for the scenic ride and more than 125 bellied up to the cookout, which also offered, besides delicious BBQ, dancing, a silent auction, and live performances and entertainment by Pepper MaShay; Chico’s Angels; Mystery Mike Hennessey, LA Wranglers, and DJ Rick. In all the event raised over $70,000 for the Los Angeles-based nonprofit The Life Group LA and the POZ Life Weekend Seminar, which offers much needed information and emotional support through medical forums, emotional support groups for those who infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Registration is now open for the next POZ Life Weekend seminar, set for August 20 and 21 in Long Beach, California.
Check out the gallery below, photographed by Sean Black, a Senior Editor at A&U.
About Life Group LA
The Life Group LA is a coalition of people dedicated to the education, empowerment and emotional support of persons both infected and affected by HIV/AIDS so that they may make informed choices and decisions regarding their healthcare and personal well being.
Founded in 2005 The Life Group LA provides free of charge, much needed information and emotional support through medical forums, emotional support groups and the POZ Life Weekend Seminar. All services are offered in a non-judgmental and safe environment with compassion and understanding.
Safety, respect and confidentiality are the cornerstones of our philosophy. We accomplish this by providing trained support group facilitators for our emotional support groups and our POZ Life Weekend Seminar. These facilitators have been trained in the art of active listening and conduct themselves with empathy and compassion.
In a time when the HIV epidemic has surpassed its 30th year and new HIV infections continue to occur on a daily basis, now more than ever we must continue the struggle against HIV/AIDS.