LOS ANGELES, June 9 — Celebrities helped create a generation free of HIV at the 20th annual A Time For Heroes Family Picnic, held June 7 in Los Angeles in support of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. More than 80 of Hollywood’s best-known names volunteered their time as “heroes” working carnival-style game booths and interacting with guests and families. Drawn from the worlds of film, television, fashion, sports and music were such attendees as Heidi Klum, Mark Wahlberg, Dwyane Wade, Billy Crystal, Sharon Stone, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Tony Hawk among many others. The day was topped off with a musical performance by superstar and Disney recording artist Miley Cyrus. The fun-filled day combined play with purpose as guests also learned about the Foundation’s 20-year history of battling pediatric AIDS and helping children and families around the world. The event raised more than $1.3 million for the fight against pediatric AIDS.
Kids and families were dazzled with many activities and surprises including:
— An incredible concert performance by Miley Cyrus and her full band on the main stage
— The Disney “UP” Storytelling area where carnival attendees were read to by celebrities and special guests such as Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, Melissa Joan Hart, Henry Winkler and Selena Gomez
— A Disney Channel Backstage area where guests were given the full star treatment
— The Disney-Pixar “Toy Story” area, where guests experienced the secret life of toys
— Becoming fashion designers at the Michael Stars Tee Shirt Customization Station
— Soap making at Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day area
— Denim decorating with 77kids by American Eagle
— Getting their photos on the cover of the world’s most popular magazine at the People Photo Booth
— Following the yellow brick road and designing ruby slippers in the Wizard of Oz area
— Working with celebrity Heroes to create special Generation-Free Kits to be sent to mothers and babies in Africa
— Face painting, hockey, basketball, football booths and many others
In addition to the activities and carnival games, guests were treated to an array of fabulous food from some of Los Angeles’s finest restaurants including: AKASHA, BEACON: An Asian Cafe, BLT Steak, Drago Ristorante, Roy’s and many others.
“The incredible generosity of Disney and all of our sponsors along with the extraordinary support of so many committed individuals make our work possible,” said Pamela W. Barnes, president and CEO of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. “Their dedication and hard work is speeding progress toward the day when we will have a generation free of HIV.”