Thank You for Attending Our Annual Luncheon

Celebrating “The Art of Giving”, this year’s Champions for Children Luncheon raised over $375,000 for Hope Street Margolis Family Center’s After-school and health and wellness programs. Over 300 friends and supporters attended the February 22nd event, which honored Jonathan Club for its spirit of service, volunteerism, philanthropy, and deep commitment to the Los Angeles community.

Don Wyse, Jonathan Club past president, accepted the award on behalf of Jonathan Club and spoke about its motto of “Simply the Best”. Mr. Wyse went on to explain that they approach every task and opportunity to do only their very best. Jonathan Club has partnered with Hope Street over the years for volunteer service days, cooking classes by head chef, Jason McClain, and a hosted beach day for Hope Street children at its Santa Monica location. 

Hope Street Champions for Children event co-chairs, Eloise Appel, and Linda Ellman, created a heartfelt program featuring three youth, Genesis Marquez, Meri Jimenez, and Jonathan Perez. These three dynamic children spoke about how Hope Street had changed their lives. The program featured videos “Summer of Science” spotlighting Hope Street’s science-based summer program that bridges the learning gap over the summer with fun and interactive learning activities, and “Giving Back” featuring Hope Street after-school youth working to donate shoes and socks to the homeless community. 
On behalf of the children and families Hope Street is privileged to serve, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to all of our donors and volunteers for their most generous support.

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Thank you to our Hope Street Margolis Family Center Development Committee

Front Row (L to R): Eloise Appel, Dick Oxford, and Linda Ellman
Back row (L to R): Sharon Shelton, Sandy Warde White, Jeanne Raya, Michelle Lainez, Shianne Hollander, Mary Fagnano, Penny Orloff, Lilith Borko, Susan Berk, and Kelly Jones, MD
Not pictured: Ana Del Cid, Hannah Kirschner, Suzan Vida Konell, Esq., David Marquez, John Opgenorth, Ramona Quinn, Fernando Villa, and Sarah Vogel.


Thank You to Our Generous Event Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors:
Blackman Family Foundation
Matthew Katz and Verify

Gold Sponsors:
Eloise and Mark Appel
CHMC Medical Staff
Johnny Carson Foundation
Kedren Health Primary Care Center
Hannah and Jeff Kirschner
Linda Ellman and Gary Mandinach
Steve and Cathy Needleman
Richard Oxford
Robert and Lisa Margolis Family Foundation
UCLA Health System
Warde Foundation
Wells Fargo
M. Lynn Yonekura, MD

Silver Sponsors:
Susan and Barry Berk
Mary and Jay Fagnano
Donnal Ellman Garber
Barbara Jury
Michelle Lainez
James J. Lobdell
Lockton Insurance
Margaret R. Peterson, PhD
Jeanne E. Raya, John L. Raya Insurance Group
Sharon Shelton and John Mazziotta
Supervisor Hilda Solis

Bronze Sponsors:
Comerica Bank
Eileen Conn
LA Party Décor
Union Bank Foundation


What your donations support

“When elephants fight –- the proverb says - it is the grass that suffers.”

There is no doubt that our children have felt the feet of elephants this year.

In addition to underperforming schools, community violence, and unsafe neighborhoods, this year our children also have felt the weight of an escalating anti-immigrant sentiment, a paralyzed government, and new national policies that threaten them and their families’ very future in our country.

It has been a difficult year for our children. But be assured - we grow resilient grass at Hope Street. And our children will not be squashed. With your support and the opportunities, you have provided – our students are thriving and they are doing well. Thank you for your generosity and to thank you for making a difference in so many lives.

With the funds provided at last year’s Luncheon, we were able to significantly increase services for our most vulnerable youth. This year we added music, dance, art, and recreational programming; we expanded much-needed mental health services, and we offered an amazing nine-week summer of science immersion experience - a legacy of Dr. and Mrs. Margolis, who four years ago took a chance on what probably seemed like a half-baked idea.

While other kids spent this summer in front of the TV - or texting as their only communication with the rest of the world - our students were working in teams and small groups, learning about principles in engineering, genetics, robotics, ecology, and physics. Our children were engaged in scientific investigations. They conducted experiments, invented contraptions, and learned about careers in medicine and health care. This summer our kids tinkered with electronic circuitry and took on the engineering challenge of designing and building their own skateboards. They dissected a fetal pig and a cow’s heart, and they learned about problems in our community, like water run-off and waste disposal. And each week our students set off on field trips – venturing out into places in our City that they never knew existed.

It was truly a transformational summer for our kids – and it was made possible because of each and every generous donation. Your generosity provided a magical summer of creativity, imagination, challenge, and discovery.

Thank you,

Vickie Kropenske