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2022 Champions For Children Honorees

The Honorable Donna Ellman Garber and Linda Ellman

Linda Ellman and Donna Ellman Garber smilingDonna Ellman Garber and her daughter, Linda Ellman, share a common belief: the stronger the threads that connect us to communities, the stronger the future you weave. At 96 years old, Donna’s career has followed a thread connecting medicine to community service and politics spanning across LA and the world—from helping wounded service members during the Korean War and Care Medico missions in Honduras and Algeria to creating senior housing for low-income residents during her 12-year tenure on the Beverly Hills City Council and two terms as the city’s mayor.

Linda is a three-time Emmy Award-winning television news, entertainment and documentary filmmaking veteran. With a career spanning nearly 50 years, she has helped break the glass ceiling for women journalists. Because of the lessons her mother instilled in her as a child, Linda is now strengthening threads that connect students and families to their communities as an Adjunct Professor for Syracuse University Los Angeles Semester and a member of the Hope Street Advisory Board. Thanks to this dynamic mother-daughter duo, Hope Street has received upgraded computers, funding for its Youth Education and Leadership Program and captivating awareness videos to showcase the generational, family-centered approach that makes the center uniquely impactful for the families and community we serve.

Perkins&Will

Perkins&Will logoAt its core, architecture and design firm Perkins&Will creates places and spaces that make a positive difference in communities. Known for high profile projects such as the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and Destination Crenshaw in Los Angeles, to name a few, Perkins&Will knows design has the power to make people’s lives better across the world and right here in Los Angeles. In 2019, the firm partnered with Hope Street Margolis Family Center through its Social Purpose program, which provides nonprofit organizations with pro bono professional services to address human needs like affordable housing, childcare, healthcare and education. Thanks to their partnership, The Nest was created—a free early education center located near USC that supports families experiencing economic hardship and homelessness. Designed pro bono by Perkins&Will, The Nest will serve as a close-knit, nurturing environment that provides a place of refuge, safety and comfort, as well as classrooms where children can explore, take risks and spread their wings. Thanks to Perkins&Will’s commitment in creating lasting, positive and inclusive growth in our community, The Nest will serve 32 children and their families.