PASADENA, Calif. (October 17, 2018) – Singer, songwriter, and philanthropist Chaka Khan was announced today as the 2019 Grand Marshal by Tournament of Roses® President Gerald Freeny. Chaka will ride in the 130th Rose Parade® presented by Honda, themed “The Melody of Life” and join in the pre-game celebration of the 105th Rose Bowl Game® presented by Northwestern Mutual both are held on January 1, 2019. As an added bonus for millions of viewers around the world, Chaka is scheduled to perform in the parade’s Opening Spectacular.
Chaka is one of the most celebrated musicians with a rich musical legacy. As a singer, songwriter, actor, author, philanthropist, and entrepreneur, Chaka has influenced generations of entertainers. She has the rare ability to sing in seven music genres, including R&B, pop, rock, gospel, country, world music and classical. Affectionately known around the world as Chaka, she is respected by millions of fans as well as her peers for her timeless, classic and unmatched signature music style and ability. Throughout her legendary career, Chaka has released 22 albums and ten #1 Billboard magazine charted songs. However, the song that propelled her to stardom was the 1984 chart-topping, GRAMMY® award-winning song, “I Feel For You,” written and first performed by Prince.
Despite her busy schedule, Chaka has always made time to support and uplift her community. In 1999 she established the Chaka Khan Foundation which educates, inspires and empowers children to achieve their full potential. Through the Chaka Believes Program, the foundation gives children in Los Angeles who are at risk, either through poverty or through health issues like autism, the ability to achieve their dreams and give back to the community.
Since 1890, the Tournament of Roses has produced America’s New Year Celebration, bringing the traditions of the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game to Pasadena and the world for nearly 130 years. For more information visit Tournament of Roses at https://tournamentofroses.com/
On Tuesday, September 15, 2015, AIDS Walk Los Angeles held their 31st Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles Kick-Off Party at Madame Tussauds Hollywood 6933 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028 6:30 8:30 p.m..
AWLA special reception kicking off party is the big fundraising weeks leading up to Walk, was hosted by Barrett Foa and Pauley Perrette of NCIS, plus ABC7 News Anchor Ellen Leyva!
Among the hosts there were key speakers such as WeHo Mayor Lindsey Horvath, Nick Wechsler from Revenge, Vallerie D Wagner and many more.
Complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served a top Madame Tussauds’ beautiful rooftop lounge. Mingle with AIDS Walk supporters, staff, and volunteers, and stop by the COMMUNITY photo shoot held throughout the evening to get a new AIDS Walk profile pic! A special bonus to a free tour of the exhibit!
About AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA): APLA provides life-saving services for people living with HIV/AIDS across Los Angeles County, including medical, dental, and mental health, as well as HIV testing, prevention, and education programs. APLA delivers care to over 14,000 people annually and is a leader on policy and legislation that affects the HIV/AIDS and LGBT communities. For more information, visit apla.org and aplahw.org.
About AIDS Walk Los Angeles: Since 1985, AIDS Walk Los Angeles has raised more than $79 million for HIV programs and services throughout Los Angeles County, and has grown into one of the largest AIDS fundraising events in the country. In 2014 alone, 25,000 participants, many of whom were members of 1,600 corporate and community teams, raised over $2.2 million for AIDS Project Los Angeles and 27 other L.A. County AIDS service organizations. For more information, view the fact sheet or visit la.aidswalk.net.
Photos credit to: Gisele O/PartyBy5.com & Photo credit to: AIDS Walk Los Angeles 2015
Editor’s Note: Diversity News Magazine is a proud media partner for the fifth year in a row of AIDS Walk Los Angeles benefiting AIDS Project Los Angeles. For more information visit http://diversitynewsmagazine.org
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