'Enterprise' Cast and Crew Support AIDS FundraiserBy Michelle
April 6, 2005 - 9:15 PM
Star Trek: Enterprise pre-production coordinator Juan Carlos Fernandez will take part in the AIDS/LifeCycle from San Francisco to Los Angeles June 5th-11th, participating in the event to raise awareness about the spread of AIDS and the need for continued funding for research and prevention.
"I'm riding because AIDS doesn't discriminate!" posted Fernandez on his web page on the AIDS/LifeCycle site, citing the rise in HIV diagnoses for Hispanics, women and people under 25 years old. "I will spend three and a half months training for an intense 7-day, 585-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles in order to raise awareness that this disease has not gone away."
It costs $2500 to take part in the ride, with the cost going to AIDS fundraising efforts for two West Coast organisations that work with people with HIV. Enterprise's John Billingsley, who plays Phlox on the series, will assist as "celebrity ball caller" at a Legendary Bingo night to raise money for Fernandez's pledge.
Legendary Bingo will take place on Wednesday, April 27th at Hamburger Mary's in West Hollywood (note: patrons must be over 21). A requested $20 suggested donation will allow donors to play in bingo games with prizes such as signed Enterprise scripts, four tickets to the Star Trek Experience in Las Vegas and memorabilia from various other television shows.