LOS ANGELES—Wicked Pictures has announced that Team Wicked crossed the finish line in style last Sunday, raising over $17,000 in the 28th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles walkathon fundraiser. AIDS Walk Los Angeles is California’s largest AIDS fundraising event. Proceeds benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) and other Los Angeles County organizations that offer care and treatment for people living with the disease.

Team Wicked’s involvement with the cause was spearheaded by Wicked Pictures contract star and emerging sexual wellness authority Jessica Drake, who has participated in the annual walkathon for several years. For 2012, she expanded her involvement in the event through the formation of Team Wicked, an alliance that included not only members of Wicked Pictures but also adult performer/director Kortney Kane and a diverse cross-selection of adult and mainstream entertainment professionals.

In solidarity with their friends in the adult industry, members of Team Wicked wore special “No on Measure B” t-shirts to voice their opposition to proposed legislation that would mandate the use of condoms and other products in adult films.  

For Drake, who celebrated her birthday with Team Wicked at The Abbey in West Hollywood after crossing the finish line, Sunday’s events will always hold a special significance. “There is only one word that sums up how I feel about this year’s AIDS Walk LA: Grateful.”

Expanding on her team’s accomplishments she enthuses, “I'm so grateful to everyone who donated money or helped further our message, and I'm especially grateful to every member of Team Wicked that came out to walk with me, celebrate my birthday and support such a great cause! And I want to give special thanks to Wicked Pictures for their support and encouragement.”