LA Uncovered – June 5, 2015
One of our own, Matt Celenza, was recognized as one of Angeleno Magazine’s "Altruists of the Year." Matt, who serves as the A Better LA co-chair, was featured amongst the likes of Ryan Seacrest and Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
The article, which can be found in the March issue of Charity & Social Datebook, highlights Matt’s commitment to philanthropy and how he parlays that into facilitating change in inner-city communities as a part of A Better LA. It also recognizes the profound impact A Better LA has had on the Los Angeles region over the past decade and the opportunities we create to continue to help our city move forward.
We’re excited to see Matt included and know that he is more than deserving of this great honor for all of the hard work he has dedicated to A Better LA and the Los Angeles community. Read the rest of the story at Charity & Social Datebook.
This past weekend, USC Marshall students hosted one of the more eclectic events to benefit A Better LA. With the students challenged to raise $10,000 over 20 days, their strategy professor Carl Voigt agreed to shave his 40-year old mustache if they succeeded.
The ‘Sport Your Stache’ flash fundraiser asked donors to pledge $40—a dollar per year of their professor’s signature mustache. Not only did the business students make good on their promise, but did so in 11 days, with over 200 people contributing to the cause.
We joined them at Q’s Billiards to celebrate the ceremonial ‘stache shaving, where Professor Voigt graciously allowed the group to claim their prize. Needless to say, we are grateful to have been the benefactor of this creative campaign, and know that Professor Voigt will see a great ROI from this fun event! A big thank you to USC Marshall and Professor Voigt!
In lieu of recents events surrounding the Ferguson proceedings in Missouri and other protests being conducted across the country, the University of Southern California facilitated a forum sponsored by Project ReMix, the Department of Public Safety, Los Angeles Police Department, and California Highway Patrol to address concerns from students and community members regarding the proper procedures of holding protests, entitled Protesting 101. A Better LA’s Executive Director, Aquil Basheer, was invited to be a panelist and answer questions from the audience as his expertise as a Professional Street Practitioner was an asset to the theme of the event. The objective for the evening was to create a venue to educate those in attendance of their rights as citizens and for all to walk away with a clearer understanding of how to curtail law enforcement's involvement when conducting protests This interactive workshop allowed participants to learn about the history and purpose of protesting, have their questions answered by panelists, and hear from DPS, CHP and LAPD from a Law Enforcement perspective. This event demonstrates another successful collaborative approach to addressing societal concerns!
A Better LA's own Funded Partner and Founder of R.A.C.E. (Reclaiming America’s Communities through Empowerment), Reynaldo Reaser, was invited to participate as a speaker at their yearly Summit. The event was held this year at the University of Southern California this past January 17, 2015 and included acclaimed author, educator and speaker, Dr. Cornel West, as the Keynote Speaker. Reynaldo was requested to speak on the panel discussion of “Violence as a Public Health Issue: Shifting the Focus from Criminal Justice to Social Justice” and did an outstanding job of presenting during this forum. We salute you Reynaldo and R.A.C.E for the professionalism continuously displayed and for shedding light on this important community topic!