The Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA Celebrates 100 Years of Service

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The Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA Celebrates 100 Years of Service in Boyle Heights at the 7th Annual Heart of the Family Award Luncheon.

The Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA honored two long-time supporters of the community at its 7th Annual Heart of the Family Award Luncheon that took place on October 27, 2011 in Los Angeles. For its advocacy and support of community non-profit efforts in Los Angeles, Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), a leading entertainment presenter, was honored with the Heart of the Family Award. Ozomatli, a homegrown and innovative music group, was also honored with the Heart of the Community Award for its long and dedicated support of youth in southern California.

It is only in collaboration with community supporters such as this year’s honorees that the 100-year history of service to Boyle Heights could be reached.Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA Executive Director, Victor Dominguez, asserts, “We know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. That’s why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.”

And it has been this focused and collaborative philosophy of service that continues to drive the work of the Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA in Boyle Heights. As one WELA YMCA Youth Programs volunteer and junior at Bravo Medical Magnet High School, reflects, “Two years ago, when I became involved at the YMCA, I simply needed to complete community service hours for school, but as I got more involved I decided to continue volunteering because I enjoy working with the kids and being involved in my community.” She goes on to say, “The Y has helped me in many ways. When I need someone to talk to or I need advice I know I can talk to the staff here or any of the other volunteers. I think this YMCA creates a sort of circle of guidance, the staff here helps us when we need it, we volunteers help the kids when they need it, and I’m sure that the kids will grow to do the same.”

100 Years after the YMCA established the first sports ground in Boyle Heights in 1911, it continues to grow and expand in ways reflective of community needs. Executive Director, Victor Dominguez, adds, “ The Y is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility. That’s because a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors.” And its major fundraising effort in achieving these goals 100 years later is the Annual Heart of the Family Award Luncheon held this year on October 27, 2011 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles, 506 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, USA 90071-2607.

For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, and information regarding the Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA events and programs, contact Executive Director, Victor Dominguez, at 2900 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90023, Phone:(213) 639–7416 or e-mail victordominguez(at)ymcala(dot)org. Please visit the event website at: https://sites.google.com/site/donateymca/

About AEG
AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world and its stated mission is “giving the world reason to cheer.” For more than a decade, AEG has supported charitable, community and civic programs with direct financial and in-kind support. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, owns or is affiliated with a collection of companies including over 100 facilities such as STAPLES Center, The Home Depot Center (Carson, CA), Target Center (Minneapolis, MN), The Rose Garden (Portland, OR), Best Buy Theater (New York), Sprint Center, (Kansas City), Mercedes Benz Arena (Shanghai), MasterCard Center (Beijing, China), Acer Arena (Sydney, Australia), The Globe arena (Stockholm, Sweden), O2 World arena (Berlin, Germany) and The O2 arena and entertainment district (London, England); sports franchises and events under AEG Sports including the Amgen Tour of California, Los Angeles Kings (NHL) and two MLS franchises in addition to overseeing privately held management shares of the Los Angeles Lakers(NBA). AEG Live, the world’s second largest concert, promotion and touring company, is comprised of touring, festival, exhibition, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions with fifteen regional offices. AEG has created L.A. LIVE, a 4 million square foot / $2.5 billion downtown Los Angeles sports, residential & entertainment district featuring Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and Club Nokia, a 54-story, 1001-room convention “headquarters” destination (featuring The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott hotels and 224 luxury condominiums - The Ritz Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE - all in a single tower), the Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14, “broadcast” facilities for ESPN, along with entertainment, restaurant and office space.

About Ozomatli
In their fifteen years together as a band, celebrated Los Angeles culture-mashers Ozomatli have gone from being hometown heroes to being named U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassadors. Ozomatli has always juggled two key identities. They are the voice of their city and they are citizens of the world. Their music - a notorious urban-Latino-and-beyond collision of hip hop and salsa, dancehall and cumbia, samba and funk, merengue and comparsa, East L.A.R&B and New Orleans second line, Jamaican ragga and Indian raga- has long followed a key mantra: it will take you around the world by taking you around L.A. More than ever before, the band is both of the world and of L.A.Originally formed to play at a Los Angeles labor protest over a decade ago, Ozomatli spent some of their early days participating in everything from earthquake prep “hip hop ghetto plays” at inner-city elementary schools to community activist events, protests, and city fundraisers. In recognition of their efforts towards Los Angeles, the City of Los Angeles has officially declared April 23rd, 2010 as “Ozomatli Day”, as well as every following April 23rd, in perpetuity. Ozomatli were also recipients of the 2010 Local Heroes Award by Los Angeles PBS Station KCET-TV, recognizing the band’s longstanding accomplishments and community service throughout Southern California.“This band could not have happened anywhere else but L.A.,” saxophonist and clarinetist Ulises Bella has said. “Man, the tension of it, the multiculturalism of it. L.A. is like, we’re bonded by bridges.”Ozomatli has spent 15 years working diligently to spread its message of peace, communication and understanding through music, with a long standing tradition of performing for children all over the world, from the schools of North St. Louis to the orphanages of Southeast Asia. 2011 has the band focused on “oZoKidZ”, a special family friendly set geared towards performing for children and adults alike. The band is currently in the studio with acclaimed producer TonyBerg, recording a children’s album for release in 2011, followed by a book, DVD and tour.

About the Weingart East LA YMCA

The Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA serves the East Los Angeles/Boyles Heights area and is an inclusive organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility.

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