For this year's very first First Friday, LA's BEST students at Manchester Elementary had some very special guests teach them the art of DJing.
BEST Friend board member Amani Roberts (DJ AmRo) joined forces with DJ sensation Paul Oakenfold to give 40 students an afternoon filled with music education and FUN.
You may have heard that the LA's BEST Friends board will be holding its annual UnWINEd fundraising event on October 11th at Hangar 8, but did you also hear that the board is celebrating its 10th Anniversary?!
In honor of #BESTFriends10, let's take a walk down memory lane... In 2004, Carla Sanger, President and CEO of LA's BEST, discovered the opportunity to tap into the community of young professionals for support, after seeing the volunteer initiatives of her two sons. The 18-member board was created in February of that year, with Mario Marin as the founding board chair.
Today, the board is comprised of 26 members, including Board Chair Jordan Kaye, Vice Board Chair David Lessoff, and Jr. Vice Chair Jennifer Searle. Beyond the board, there are over 3,500 BEST Friends in the network who advocate for LA's BEST and support the group's fundraising events, as well as the volunteer initiatives...
The 5th annual Cycle 4 LA’s BEST fundraising event, held at Leo Politi Elementary on Sunday April 6th, 2014, was a HUGE success, as we surpassed our goal of $80,000 thanks to the tireless efforts of more than 100 dedicated LA’s BEST supporters who cycled to raise money for the organization.
And the heat didn't stop any teams from dressing up in some crazy cycle attire!
Team Spin-Da-Rella rocking out for 28,000 kids. (Photo by Ben Gibbs)
Spearheaded by our BEST Friends Board, CYCLE 4 LA’s BEST teams pedaled for 50 minutes in 90-degree heat as funds from their supporters continued to roll in. The BEST Friends Board, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, is a dedicated group of young professionals who volunteer, advocate and fundraise for LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program.