Hollywood's Brightest Shine a Light on Kids in Need

Stars support LA's BEST After School Enrichment Program in Nigel Lythgoe's spectacular entertainment showcase this holiday season.

December 15, 2008

LOS ANGELES —  December 15, 2008 — 

Stevie Wonder dazzled the audience of thousands as the musical surprise guest at the LA’s BEST Community Jam Against Violence at the Kodak Theatre on Sunday, December 14th. Stars from American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, actors Elizabeth Banks, George Lopez, and Keisha Whitaker, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief William Bratton joined LA’s BEST students to perform in the spectacular fundraiser which brought to light through children’s poetry, the real challenges children across the City of Los Angeles face in their neighborhoods, from gang violence to poverty.

LA’s BEST Board member Nigel Lythgoe produced the showcase, which included a range of entertainment from some of television’s brightest young talent. There were stunning performances by dancers Joshua Allen, Katee Shean, Pasha Kovolev, Lauren Gottlieb, Dmitry Chaplin, Anya Garnis, Twitch and Lil' C of So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol’s Brooke White, Carly Smithson and Elliott Yamin. The gravity-defying Shaolin monks, the Bruthas from "Brothers to Brutha" on BET, and the Quest Dance Crew added to the already star-studded lineup.

All proceeds from the fundraiser go directly to the nationally recognized LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program. LA’s BEST is an after school education, enrichment and recreation program serving more than 28,000 children with the greatest needs and fewest resources throughout the City of Los Angeles. LA's BEST provides a safe haven for children ages 5 to 12 at 180 elementary school sites each day during the critical hours after school - at no cost to parents. Established in 1988, LA's BEST is a partnership including the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the private sector. For more information, please visit www.lasbest.org.