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BRUNCH FOR THE STARS: Sunday, November 16, 2014

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BRUNCH FOR THE STARS: You're invited to L.A.C.E.R.'s Afterschool Program's 19th Annual Fundraiser Brunch on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at the Avalon Hollywood. Join us for a delicious brunch, awards and student performances hosted by LA's favorite weathercaster Fritz Coleman from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. To become an EVENT SPONSOR or to buy TICKETS please visit our secure website.

2014 HONOREES

  • Robert Santelli Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum
  • Peter Paige Actor, Director and Executive Producer of ABC's "The Fosters"
  • Outstanding Student Award: Host Fritz Coleman will present the John Liechty Outstanding Student Award to one student from each of L.A.C.E.R.'s six after school programs honoring each student's excellence in leadership, commitment and citizenship within the L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs and the community.

 LaBONGE 2013

Board Vice-President and Co-Founder Jackie Goldberg and Honoree Councilmember Tom LaBonge.

 

LANG 2014

Board President LuAnn Boylan and Honoree Singer/Songwriter k.d.lang.

 

PERRY 2013

2012 Honoree Linda Perry and wife Sara Gilbert.

 


 

kids with signs 300dpiFor nearly 20 years the award-winning L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs have provided underserved middle and high school students in Los Angeles with free arts, athletics and academic activites after school. By allowing young people the opportunity to expand their learning, improve their skills and develop new ones in a safe, supportive setting, L.A.C.E.R. fosters scholastic achievement, self-confidence and good citizenship.


 

STARFEST 2014: Thank you!

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Approximately 800 participants and attendees were present at STARFEST, Sunday, June 1, 2014, hosted by L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs. For ninety minutes, guests were amazed as they watched and listened to the marching band perform, a drumline battle, dance teams, drill teams, cheer r

outines, and heard some remarkable original and cover songs from metal, pop, and rock bands - all from L.A.C.E.R.'s award-winning classes after school.

The original songs from the high schools should be on the radio. – Starfest Guest

The auditorium fell silent when Kevin, a leading young classical guitarist played – “he didn’t just play, his technique was flawless with a warm tonal presence,” said a Starfest Guest. Kevin started in the L.A.C.E.R. program as a 6th grader and has appeared in numerous plays, performed at the House of Blues on multiple occasions and at L.A.C.E.R.’s annual fundraiser brunch. Starfest was Kevin’s last performance before he heads off to attend Berkley School of Music in the fall.

STARFEST, a talent show, is our annual culminating event intended to inspire students, promote self-discovery, engage the imagination and provide a positive experience. This celebration is the only opportunity for all six sites to come together to perform for each other, students practice all year and were excited to celebrate their accomplishments with parents, friends, faculty, and community members.

I never saw anything like this! - a student from Bancroft Middle School who was mesmerized after watching King Middle Schools’ dance performance.

L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs bring innovative, cutting-edge art, academic and athletic programs to six Los Angeles public schools reaching over 3,600 students annually. This year, 2,987 students experienced art because of L.A.C.E.R., 957 students participate in our sports teams and fitness classes and 1,109 students participated in our homework clubs.

Though L.A.C.E.R. offers students the program at no cost, the show costs money to put on, and the event would not have been possible without the generosity of our sponsors. Starfest SPONSORS include major support from the Wilbur May Foundation, Fox Entertainment Group as well as Iron Mountain, Sharon Stricker & Jackie Goldberg, Occidental Entertainment, So. California Gas Co., Julie Kleinick & Craig White and many more.

Special thank you to our good friends at the Hollywood Beautification Team who gave-away 100 trees after the show!

I saw a great show and I got a free tree. What a great afternoon! – Starfest Guest

 

L.A.C.E.R. News

LISTEN: "Spotlight on the Community"

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L.A.C.E.R.'s Will Seymour ("Mortified", "Joan of Arcadia" and "This American Life) sits down with Denise Westwood at 95.5 KLOS "Spotlight on the Community" to discuss growning up, getting involved and how a safe and caring after school environment like the L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs can help kids find a direction for the rest of their lives. Listen to the podcast here.

MAJOR GIFT: The Wilbur May Foundation

Partnerships like The Wilbur May Foundation, a long-time supporter, help L.A.C.E.R. make the arts an integral part of the after school experience for thousands of youth in Los Angeles. In a new initiative that began in early 2014, The Wilbur May Foundation ARTStars – Connecting Youth Through the Arts program provided an additional 23,300 hours of instruction and performance time across six L.A.C.E.R. schools. By doing so, L.A.C.E.R. was able to provide an arts experience for every student, that’s over 7,000 middle and high school youth who benefited from this expanded collaboration.

Listen to Will Seymour’s conversation with Denise Westwood on 95.5 KLOS “Spotlight on the Community” as he explains how L.A.C.E.R. changes lives daily through arts, athletics and academics and the new initiative made possible by a major gift from The Wilbur May Foundation.