As United Way of Greater L.A. prepares to embark on a new year filled with new opportunities to improve the overall quality of life for all Angelenos, we take a look back at the amazing accomplishments of 2012:
Along with 300 representatives of the public, private, nonprofit, business, government, faith and philanthropic sectors, the Business Leaders Task Force on Homelessness celebrated the start of Home for Good’s second year in February. The joint initiative has housed 985 military veterans and 2,319 chronically homeless individuals to date.
Women Leaders Spring Breakfast
Last March, members of United Way’s Women Leaders gathered at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel to discuss the various challenges facing L.A.’s educational system. Special guest Monica Garcia, President of LAUSD’s Board of Education, took part in a thought-provoking Q & A session on issues such as raising the District’s high school graduation rate, increasing educator effectiveness and boosting parent engagement.
Representing organizations such as Bank of America, JPL, Anthem Blue Cross and the ACLU of Southern California, more than two dozen Emerging Leaders and Women Leaders attended United Way’s First Annual Career Day at El Sereno Middle School in late May. Professionals from the public, private and nonprofit sectors shared with hundreds of eager students their tips for launching successful and rewarding careers.
Hosted at the private Bel Air estate of Vintage Capital Group founder Fred Sands and his wife, Dr. Carla Sands, the annual affair drew many of L.A.’s most well-known business, philanthropic and community leaders. Attendees included Marion Anderson of the Marion & John E. Anderson Foundation, former U.S. Ambassador Frank Baxter, East West Bank’s Dominic Ng and Julia Gouw and ExxonMobil’s Steven Yatauro.
UWGLA concluded its 2011-2012 campaign season by paying tribute to its top corporate, civic and community partners at the London West Hollywood Hotel where 200 guests were treated to live music, cocktails, breathtaking views of the Sunset Strip and a closing address by Philadelphia Eagles Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.
In September, key United Way donors visited NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena where Flight Director Bobak Ferdowsi, a.k.a. “Mohawk Guy,” offered an inside look at the Mars landing of JPL’s Curiosity Rover. Emerging Leaders Cabinet Members also received a private, guided tour of the facilities to learn more about the fascinating history of space exploration.
Presented in partnership with the Downtown L.A. Art Walk, UWGLA’s two-day event at the Spring Arts Tower showcased compelling works which vividly portray the harsh realities of homelessness. Aside from raising funds and awareness of the ongoing crisis and garnering support for the Home for Good action plan, the exhibition provided the 51,000 homeless men, women and children of L.A. County with a name, a face and a voice.
On November 17, United Way welcomed approximately 10,000 Angelenos to Exposition Park for its annual 5K Run/Walk to end homelessness. With Lakers star Kobe Bryant serving as Honorary Chair and ABC7 Eyewitness News’ David Ono hosting the opening ceremony, it proved to be the organization’s most high-profile event to date.