Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti was on hand for the LA Rotary’s Angel City Toy Giveaway at Algin Sutton Recreation Center which is also the sight of a Dodgers Dreamfield. Colletti has donated his time for several years to help hand out toys and gifts to children at this holiday event. The Dodgers have donated blankets and other items in the past and this year provided backpacks, T-shirts and hats.
For a second consecutive year Adrian Gonzalez purchased and donated more than 3,500 toys for children in the East Los Angeles community. Gonzalez attended the East L.A. On Ice Winter Wonderland to personally help children choose their toy. Gonzalez joined Supervisor Gloria Molina on stage to greet attendees and take pictures on the ice rink before handing out toys. Other attractions at the event included a visit from Santa Claus, piles of real snow for winter play, face-painting, magicians, holiday train rides, carolers, food vendors with holiday antojitos (tasty treats), arts-and-crafts and music provided by a DJ.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, Levy Restaurants and SKECHERS hosted more than 300 children from the community surrounding Dodger Stadium at the annual Children’s Holiday Party at Dodger Stadium. First baseman Adrian Gonzalez, bench coach Tim Wallach and wife Lori, and Dodger Alumni Billy Ashley, Tommy Davis, Al Downing, Al Ferrara, “Sweet” Lou Johnson, Kenny Landreaux, Matt Luke and Dennis Powell were all on hand to participate with the kids. Santa Claus was also a hit reading and taking photos with everyone.
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Throughout the 2013 season, All-Star Dodger first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and his wife Betsy will be hosting families for a game of baseball at Dodger Stadium. “Adrian Gonzalez’s Viva Los Dodgers Days” provides all-inclusive All-You-Can-Eat Right Field Pavilion tickets and parking for families in greater Los Angeles by partnering with various non-profit organizations.
On Sunday, June 30th, Adrian and Betsy hosted 18 families at Dodger Stadium from Our Neighborhood Homework House, an organization whose mission is to establish and sustain neighborhood based learning centers in Azusa wherein at-risk children and their families are equipped to thrive academically, socially and spiritually.
Much more than an after-school program, the Our Neighborhood Homework House is bringing hope and encouragement to children by providing welcoming, safe havens where children from kindergarten through high school are encouraged to reach for their dreams and are equipped with the tools to realize them.
Their approach to meeting the needs of the community is to actually move into targeted low-income neighborhoods to not only help students get the tools they need for better academic achievement, but equip their families to provide the motivation for higher achievement through Homework House’s Parent Resource Center and partnering as an advocate at the children’s schools.
We commend Our Neighborhood Homework House for the exemplary service they provide in the community.
On Monday, June 24th, the Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP) introduced the inaugural Helen Bernstein Award for Teacher Leadership at their “LAEP School of the Future Design Challenge 2013” presented by the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation to honor Terri Ann Sullivan, a teacher leader at the Academy of Medical Arts at Carson High School, who exemplifies extraordinary leadership at the school site, in the community and in the field of education.
“Given that education and literacy constitutes one of the three pillars of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and Community Relations, it is our pleasure to support an organization like LAEP who for the past 30 years has been working to improve urban education for our teachers, students and parents,” said Renata Simril, Senior Vice President of External Affairs – Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Dodger Foundation Board Member.
Honored as well at the event were LAEP co-founders Peggy Funkhouser and David Abel for their contributions in helping to reform public schools in Los Angeles. Peggy and David are influential leaders in education reform and public policy, recognized locally and nationally. Over the decades, they have maintained LAEP at the cutting edge of school transformation and have assisted other nonprofits in this field.
Since 1984, LAEP has combined public, nonprofit, philanthropic and for-profit resources to create, manage and sustain efforts that improve urban schools. LAEP’s mission is to help students in high-need schools improve their academic achievement by partnering with educators, parents and the community. They work both outside of schools as an agent of change, and within schools as a collaborative partner bringing ideas, resources and expertise to bear on critical challenges.