The theme “Celebrating Strength of Character,” brought together over 300 generous supporters for the 4th annual Circle of Hope Champions for Children Luncheon benefiting Hope Street Margolis Family Center. Held at the downtown Los Angeles Jonathan Club on February 1st , the event raised over $370,000 for education and wellness programs supporting over 5,000 low-income children and families living in downtown Los Angeles and surrounding communities.  Matthew Katz, CEO and Founder of Verifi, Inc., and UCLA BruinCorps leadership; Dr. Debra Pounds, Director, and Dr. Justyn Patterson, Assistant Director, were this year’s Champions for Children honorees.

Mr. Katz was recognized for his 10+ years supporting Hope Street’s youth and family activities including funding the meals for students enrolled in Hope Street’s after-school and summer programs.  The UCLA BruinCorps was recognized for nearly 20 years of service to Hope Street provided by its members, many of whom are first generation college students themselves, who serve as tutors and mentors to students inspiring them to see that college is attainable. Event Co-Chairs, Eloise Appel and Linda Ellman, produced an enlightening program reflective of Hope Street’s impact. A video created by Hope Street students depicted their challenges and also mirrored the positive affect Hope Street has on their lives. 

Hope Street’s Founding Director, Vickie Kropenske, shared the story of Amelia whose oldest son, José, is soon to graduate from UCLA and plans to be an attorney. Vickie shared the background of Amelia’s life – although she and her husband work long hours as garment factory workers, their income is still below the poverty level.  Vickie shared a recent conversation she had with Amelia who told her, “I am thankful to Hope Street.  All of my children will go to college. All of my children will be educated—and I—I will be the last one who will sew.”

Hope Street wishes to give special thanks to our sponsors, donors and all who attended and supported the luncheon as well as those individuals and companies who provided exceptional auction and raffle items contributing to the overall phenomenal success of the event.

The luncheon was a huge success thanks to the efforts of Hope Street Fund Development Committee members:

Committee Chair, Richard Oxford
Event Co-chair, Eloise Appel
Event Co-chair, Linda Ellman
Shianne Hollander
Susan Berk
Kim Krug
Marike Smith
Ramona Quinn
Penny Orloff
Lilith Borko
Sandy Warde White
Sarah Vogel
Jeanne Raya
Kelly Jones, MD
Hannah Kirschner
Suzan Vida Konell,Esq.
Michelle Lainez
David Marquez
John Opgenorth
Sharon Shelton
Raúl Vargas
Fernando Villa

Save the Date:

The 2019 Circle of Hope Luncheon will be on February 22, 2019
at the downtown Jonathan Club

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