For the sixth year in a row, the Getty House Foundation gathered the faith leaders who bind our city together to celebrate the National Day of Prayer — a time for hope, healing, and unity. The spirit of optimism that gives L.A. its strength was out in full force, as the world-famous Angel City Chorale stole the show with an electrifying rendition of Baba Yetu, the Lord’s Prayer in Swahili, and Reverend Najuma Smith Pollard of Word of Encouragement Community Church delivered a moving keynote that had the entire audience on its feet.
But there was work to be done, too. This year, we gathered to recommit ourselves to leading a city defined by opportunity and prosperity, where every Angeleno can find meaning in the dignity of work. As community leaders, it is our job to make sure that the spirit of optimism that powered this event lifts up all of L.A. — because our strength is derived from the families who live, labor, and pray in our city. Today we once again pledged to put our faith and support in these hardworking Angelenos, knowing that they will help us build the Los Angeles of tomorrow.
The recent tragedies that have rocked our nation’s faith communities were not forgotten. Our hearts go out to the Chabad of Poway synagogue, and to congregations around the world who have been struck by devastating loss over the past few months. We pray that you find strength in the love and support of others during these trying times.
- Aziza Hasan, Executive Director of NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change
- Rabbi Zoë Klein Miles, Senior Rabbi at Temple Isaiah
- Fr. Juan Jose Ochoa, Associate Pastor at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
- Rev. Najuma Smith Pollard, Pastor at Word of Encouragement Community Church
- Father Arturo Corral, Pastor at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church
Our Thanksgiving luncheon is a special annual tradition for the Getty House Foundation, where we open our doors to a group of our neighbors in need of a hot meal and a helping hand.
As in the past, we welcomed veterans and formerly homeless families for a feast and a chance to share their stories with a community of their fellow Angelenos. This year, we were also fortunate to be joined by residents of El Puente — L.A.’s first bridge housing site under Mayor Eric Garcetti’s “A Bridge Home” program. For the first time in months or even years, El Puente residents have a place to shower and sleep, a roof over their heads and a pillow underneath them, and the support they need to make a fresh start in life.
Mayor Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, GHF Board Members and their families were on hand to serve meals, while the Skid Row Choir brought down the house with the healing power of music.
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Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted over 200 faith leaders for the fifth annual National Day of Prayer Breakfast. This year, attendees broke bread, joined hands, and shared how they were working together to end the great moral and humanitarian crisis of our time: homelessness.
After a panel discussion featuring faith leaders, community advocates, and City staff, attendees participated in a resource fair where they could seek guidance on how to best support the Mayor’s plan to end homelessness. Service providers were on hand to explain how congregations can use their properties as bridge housing or safe parking sites, connect with Neighborhood Councils and Homelessness Liaisons for support in engaging their communities, and lobby state leaders to allocate $1.5 billion to solving homelessness in California, among other actions.
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- Emily Kantrim, Program Coordinator, Safe Parking LA
- Tommy Newman, Director of Public Affairs, United Way of Greater Los Angeles
- Arthi Varna, Principal City Planner, City of Los Angeles
- Christina Miller, Senior Project Manager for Homelessness Strategies, Mayor Garcetti’s Office
- Kirkpatrick Tyler, South Los Angeles Field Representative, Mayor Garcetti’s Office
This February, Mayor Garcetti partnered with Occidental College to begin implementing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in Los Angeles – 17 objectives that will bring us closer to ending poverty. The SDG’s wholly reflect the spirit of Earth Day: they cherish the beauty of our planet, while calling upon our mandate to build a healthier and more prosperous world for our children and grandchildren. So for this year’s annual Getty House Earth Day celebration, Mayor Eric Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland welcomed nearly 200 LAUSD students to present how they envision a more sustainable, just, and strong Los Angeles.
So for this year’s annual Earth Day celebration, the Mayor, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation welcomed students from the Los Angeles School of Global Studies, Sylmar Biotech Health Academy, STEAM Legacy High School, Cleveland Charter High School, and Environment Charter Middle School of Gardena, who each picked a SDG and answered the question, “how can students and schools contribute to helping us reach this goal in Los Angeles?” After deliberation, the panel crowned Sylmar Biotech Health Academy as the winners.
Attendees also participated in a resource fair where they could silkscreen t-shirts with reusable ink, test ride Metro BikeShare bikes, explore the ocean using VR, and witness the composting process from start to finish.
- Zooey Deschanel, actress and founder of The Farm Project
- Kelly Gonez, LAUSD Board Member – District 6
- Tamika Butler, Executive Director of Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust
- Dr. Sanjeev Khagram, Occidental College and John Parke Young Chair in Global Political Economy
On December 6, we hosted our fifth annual Senior Snow Ball – a festive afternoon full of good food, great company, and impressive dance moves. Guests from senior centers throughout Los Angeles gathered to celebrate the holiday season, and Mayor Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland thanked City Hall docents for their tireless work to share L.A.’s history with future generations.
Tomorrow, Americans will gather around the dinner table to count their blessings and give thanks in the company of family and friends. But for Angelenos who are rebuilding their lives after homelessness, Thanksgiving can be an especially difficult time to be separated from their loved ones. Today, we welcomed some of our formerly homeless neighbors to a feast here at the people’s home — where we broke bread together and expressed gratitude for the food, friendship, and everyday acts of kindness that make L.A. the greatest city in the world.
Kids from across Los Angeles shouted “trick or treat!” today at Getty House — and we welcomed them inside to try on LAFD firefighting gear, enjoy a performance by the UCLA Spirit Squad, hear from L.A. Zoo animals, and be entertained by the Bob Baker Marionette Theater. Mayor Garcetti closed the evening with a reading of Room on the Broom.
The future sports champions of the world enjoyed the spotlight on the lawns of Getty House this summer, showing off their weightlifting, cycling, and kickboxing skills for the City of Los Angeles.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted their annual Title IX Day, featuring guest speakers and sports clinics for young women. The event celebrates the landmark legislation that ended gender discrimination in public education and established federal assistance for women’s sports programs.
The Mayor and the First Lady spoke to 200 middle school girls from across Los Angeles about the importance of participating in sports and the many ways Title IX has advanced women’s rights. They encouraged the girls to join sports programs available across the city through the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Allison Compton, a Paralympian, spoke to the girls about her experience as an athlete and her resilience in pushing through adversity in the sports world.
As Los Angeles prepares to host the Olympics in 2028, there’s no better time than the present to start investing in our city’s future Olympians. Through Title IX Day and expanded opportunities at the city’s parks and recreation centers, the girls and women of Los Angeles will be more equipped than ever to compete with the world’s best athletes.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted the Fourth Annual National Day of Prayer Breakfast at Getty House. More than 170 faith leaders from 40 denominations and sects gathered to celebrate this special day and to offer blessings and prayers for all Angelenos.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors celebrated Earth Day by inviting more than 150 students from the Los Angeles Unified School District to the Getty House gardens for an environmental action mini-expo. Students learned how to compost from CompostLA, how to sign up and ride for Metro BikeShare, about recycled t-shirt printing, and what arts and crafts can be made with recycled materials.
Young Angelenos from Bravo Medical Magnet, Sonia Sotomayor Learning Academies’ Los Angeles River High School and Studio Middle School, Reseda High School Biotech Academy, and Carson High School Environmental Science, Engineering & Technology Academy also gave presentations to their peers, the Mayor, and the First Lady to answer the question “how can young people contribute to a sustainable Los Angeles?”
Student presentations were judged by a panel that included:
Gloria Walton – President and CEO, Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education
Nancy Sutley – Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Iesha Siler – Policy Associate, Los Angeles Food Policy Council
Cindy Montanez – CEO, Treepeople
Emily Deschanel – Actor
The winner for best presentation went to Bravo Medical Magnet for their thoughtful proposal for a sustainable Los Angeles.
In honor of the birthdays of both Rosa Parks and Susan B. Anthony, Mayor Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors, hosted their annual mentoring luncheon for high school students from all over Los Angeles to network with accomplished women from various professions.
First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland led a panel discussion in which Congresswoman Nannette Diaz Barragan, Brookfield Propereties Senior Vice President Bea Hsu, Los Angeles Department of Transportation General Manager Seleta Reynolds, and Los Angeles World Airports Chief Executive Officer Deborah Flint discussed their career paths and the importance of mentorship.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted their annual Senior “Snow Ball” where they welcomed guests from senior centers throughout the City of Los Angeles to celebrate the winter holiday season.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted the annual Veterans’ Thanksgiving Dinner to honor veterans who were recently housed and employed through the Mayor’s 10K STRONG hiring initiative.
Reception guests assembled more than 100 Welcome Home Baskets to be delivered to recently housed veterans. The baskets are part of the Welcome Home Project, which gives Angelenos the opportunity to participate in service projects and join conversations to find solutions for ending homelessness. Welcome Home Project gatherings have taken place all over Los Angeles, where participants have assembled more than 500 Welcome Home Baskets.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors welcomed 300 children from all over Los Angeles to the Getty House Halloween Spooktacular for a safe and fun Halloween party. The children enjoyed live dance performances, a Halloween maze, arts and crafts stations, and storytime with the Mayor.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors celebrated Women’s Equality Day by highlighting the Garcetti Administration’s goals for gender equity in the Fire and Police Departments.
Assistant Police Chief Mike Moore, Assistant Fire Chief Kristin Crowley, Fire Commission President Delia Ibarra, and the Mayor’s Chief of Staff, Ana Guerrero, joined the Mayor on stage for a panel discussion.
Assistant Police Chief Beatrice Girmala was the featured guest speaker. She talked about her career path and described the myriad of career opportunities at the Police and Fire Departments.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted their annual sports clinic for girls in celebration of the landmark legislation known as Title IX, which ended gender discrimination in public education and federally assisted programs and is best known for its impact on high school and collegiate athletics.
The event kicked off with remarks from Renata Simril, the President and CEO of LA84 Foundation, and Olympian Janet Evans. Two hundred girls participated in a ten-part obstacle course followed by a stretch and cool down.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted the third annual National Day of Prayer Breakfast at Getty House. Faith leaders from all over the city gathered to celebrate this day and to pray together for the people of Los Angeles.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted the third annual Earth Day breakfast at Getty House.
The Mayor and the First Lady unveiled the newly renovated Getty House gardens. The gardens now consume substantially less water than before due to the replacement of water-intensive landscaping with California-friendly plants. Guests enjoyed the gardens, compared the new and old garden designs, and interacted with community organizations to learn how to make changes to “green” their own homes.
In honor of the birthdays of both Rosa Parks and Susan B. Anthony, Mayor Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted their annual mentoring luncheon for high school students from all over Los Angeles to network with accomplished women from various professions.
Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Michelle King was the featured keynote speaker. Students asked Superintendent King questions about her career path, her role as Superintendent, and her vision for the future of LAUSD.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors celebrated Women’s Equality Day by highlighting the strides the Garcetti Administration has made towards gender equity and improving the quality of life for women and girls in Los Angeles.
The Mayor and the First Lady announced the completion and release of the Report on the Status of Women and Girls in Los Angeles, which was commissioned by the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women and researched by Mount St. Mary’s University. The Report is the first comprehensive study of women and girls that focuses on Los Angeles.
The Mayor also signed his Executive Directive No. 11: Gender Equity in City Operations to establish achieving gender equity as a citywide priority. Executive Directive No. 11 creates the Mayor’s Gender Equity Coalition to work with each City Department in developing and implementing a Gender Equity Action Plan to eradicate gender-based disparities.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted a Girls’ Sports Clinic in honor Title IX Day, marking the 43rd anniversary of the groundbreaking legislation’s passage.
The Mayor and the First Lady spoke to the girls about the importance of Title IX, the advances women have made because of this legislation, and sports resources available through the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.
The sports clinic featured circuit stops where girls learned self-defense, basketball training, golf putting, soccer drills, softball stances, and stretching techniques. Alana Beard, from the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks, joined the event and spoke to the girls about her start in sports and pushing through adversity.
Mayor Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted the second annual National Day of Prayer Breakfast at Getty House. Leaders from all faiths gathered to celebrate this national holiday and to offer blessings and prayers to the residents of the City of Los Angeles.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted a breakfast at Getty House in celebration of Earth Day.
Environmental and conservation advocates joined volunteers and staff from seven local organizations that work to make Los Angeles beautiful and sustainable:
LA Conservation Corps
Hollywood/Los Angeles Beautification Team
Koreatown Youth and Community Center
North East Trees
Fuego Tech Fire Rangers
The Mayor discussed the newly launched Sustainability pLAn and Save the Drop Campaign. Getty House Foundation Director and landscape architect Glen Dake gave details on current and future sustainability plans for Getty House.
Mayor Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors brought together 150 women leaders working in various fields to teach leadership and networking skills to 150 young women from cross-sections of Los Angeles. This inaugural event of the 2015 Women’s Leadership Series featured special guest speaker Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. The Mayor and the First Lady hosted this event for the second year in honor of two historically renowned women leaders, Rosa Parks and Susan B. Anthony, both of whom have February birthdays.
Mayor Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors welcomed friends of Getty House to show off the holiday decorations.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors welcomed guests from senior centers throughout the City of Los Angeles to a holiday celebration honoring their work in the community. The volunteer docents of City Hall docents were honored and given gifts.
Mayor Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Board of Directors welcomed Los Angeles veterans and their families to the Getty House to honor their service. The Mayor spoke about the efforts of his office to end homelessness among veterans.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted neighborhood children, foster children, children in homeless transitional housing, and other youths from across the city to Getty House for safe and fun Halloween activities. The children and their families were treated to master face painters, magicians, musical performances, games, and story time with the Mayor.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, Councilmember Nury Martinez, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors brought together women business owners and entrepreneurs from all over Los Angeles for an open discussion about women’s equality on the anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment. Women at all levels of business met and networked, gained valuable support from resource tables, and engaged in a discussion to share their thoughts with the Mayor and First Lady on what L.A. can do to help women thrive in today’s business environment. The panel featured:
Caroline Styne, owner and Wine Director, The Lucques Group
Tracy Gray, Managing Director, The 22 Capital Group
Ramona Ortega, Founder and CEO, My Money My Future Inc./Mi Dinero Mi Futuro
Thien Ho, Senior Manager of Corporate Relations, Panda Restaurant Group, and owner of Xoia Vietnamese Eats & Kure Spa
Mayor Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors welcomed neighbors of Getty House and local police officers and firefighters to a barbecue to celebrate the summer and to thank them for their hospitality in Windsor Square. For some of the neighbors, it was the first time that they and their families were able to tour the house and grounds.
Mayor Eric Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland celebrated this annual day of national observance at a breakfast that brought together leaders from a diverse cross section of faith traditions in Los Angeles.
The Getty House Foundation hosted a breakfast for environmental and conservation advocates to discuss future sustainability programming in both the Mayor’s office and at Getty House.
Mayor Garcetti hosted top students from public high schools across the city to learn about post-secondary education opportunities and to hear from a panel of L.A. civic leaders about their education experiences.
In honor of both Rosa Parks and Susan B. Anthony’s birthdays, the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors, in collaboration with Mayor Eric Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, hosted a mentoring luncheon for public high school students from diverse parts of Los Angeles to network with accomplished professional women.
The Mayor and First Lady hosted a dinner celebrating Chinese New Year with community and business leaders from L.A.’s vibrant Chinese community. The dinner also welcomed the wife of the Chinese Consul General who had just returned from her own diplomatic posting overseas. In November 2014, Mayor Garcetti made his first official visit to China.
Co-hosted by Councilmember Tom LaBonge, who represents the Windsor Square neighborhood in which Getty House is located, this event brought together leaders from the surrounding neighborhoods to welcome the First Family to Windsor Square.
Getty House celebrated the holiday season with an evening ball for senior citizens from across the city. In addition to dancing with a live band, guests were entertained by Santa Claus and a host of celebrity impersonators.
Mayor Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted veterans and the families of service members serving abroad for a Thanksgiving luncheon. The event included a surprise video link to connect those service members serving abroad with their families. Mayor Garcetti created the first-ever Office of Veterans Affairs in the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office and has since launched his 10,000 Strong Veterans Hiring Initiative to partner with the private sector to hire 10,000 veterans by 2017.
Mayor Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted foster children, children in homeless transitional housing, and families of patients at Children’s Hospital for a Halloween Spooktacular.
Mayor Eric Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland hosted a reception for the neighbors of Getty House on the night of Mayor Garcetti’s inauguration as the 42nd Mayor of the City of Los Angeles. This was the first opportunity for many Getty House neighbors to see the inside of the historic home.