Every year in February in honor of Rosa Parks and Susan B. Anthony, we pay tribute to their historic contributions and pioneering spirit by inviting female community leaders to share their own stories of success. The luncheon gives LAUSD students an opportunity to meet accomplished women from a variety of professions, and engage in insightful conversations about their career paths.
This year, students heard from Los Angeles Dodgers Vice President of External Affairs, Naomi Rodriguez, L.A. Sparks President & COO Danita Johnson, and Heather Brooks Karatz President of the Los Angeles Wildcats XFL. The young women first participated in a resource fair to learn more about ways to become more civically engaged in this critical year in our nation’s history as we prepare to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment and Women’s right to Vote. Following the resource fair, the girls assembled for a discussion about the challenges of working in male-dominated sports industries, and the importance of doing work that brings value to your community and inspires you.
On January 8, we hosted our sixth annual Senior Snowball – a festive afternoon full of good food, great company, and impressive dance moves. We welcomed guests from senior centers throughout Los Angeles including:
- St, Barnabas Senior Services
- Westside Jewish Community Center
- Pan Pacific Senior Center
- Glassell Park Senior Center
- Guadalupe Homeless Project at Proyecto Pastoral
- Ramona Gardens Seniors
- One Generation Senior Center
- Canoga Park Senior Center
- Sherman Oaks East Valley Adult Senior Center
- Alicia Broadous Duncan Multi-Purpose Senior Center
- Mid Valley Senior Center
- Valley Storefront Jewish Family
- Ephesus Church
- FAME Church
- West Angeles CDC
- Kheir Senior Center
- “Harbor Gateway Library Seniors
- Watts Senior Citizen Club
- Peck Park Senior Citizens Club
- Wilmington Senior Center
Guests danced to live music performed by a Motown Band and celebrated the holiday season alongside Mayor Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland. We thanked City Hall docents for their tireless work to share L.A.’s history with future generations and enjoyed a delicious lunch catered by students in the culinary program at St. Joseph Center. We thank our event Sponsor, Charter Spectrum and our AT&T Employee Resource Group volunteers for making the event such a success.
The 2019 Gift of Giving Holiday Boutique was the third shopping with a purpose event that the Getty House has sponsored raising well needed funds for organizations supporting our unhoused women. Thirty-five vendors participated by committing to donate a portion of their sales to the Downtown Women’s Center or a nonprofit group focused on providing services that support women challenged by homelessness. Six hundred guests attended and their purchases resulted in thousands of dollars being raised to directly impact homeless women and families.
Most of the vendors participating were women owned and managed and many companies work directly with homeless women and or employ formerly homeless women. Mayor Garcetti participated by signing and selling his Instagram photos with 100% percent of the sale proceeds being donated to the Downtown Women’s Center. This event is very popular with both our partners and our guests who feel energized shopping with a purpose.
We wish to thank our sponsors who underwrite the production of our Engage LA Series throughout the year including our popular Gift of Giving: Thank you Delta, Jacobs and PepsiCo.