Angel City Celebration 2019

Saturday, December 7, 2019  |  7:00 AM – 4:30 PM  |  Franklin D. Roosevelt Park

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LA5 MembersCelebrating and Serving Our Community

Angel City Celebration is the largest Rotary service project in the Greater Los Angeles Area, is led by Rotary Club of Los Angeles (LA5) in partnership with District 5280 and Rotarians from rotary clubs of District. The project started 7 years ago, evolving from a simple toys and food giveaway in a church parking lot to an event featuring many components intended to improve quality of life for underserved families with young children in South LA. The annual Angel City Celebration, partnering with both LA City and County Parks Departments, has rotated its site among several parks in South LA.

The 2017 Angel City Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Franklin D. Roosevelt Park, 7600 Graham Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90001.

A special thanks to L.A. County Parks & Recreation, our anchor partner for the 2017 Angel City Celebration. We are looking forward to have another wonderful event this year.

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On December 2nd, we need support from our fellow Rotarians and community volunteers to make this year's celebration a success. Currently, we are looking for 350 volunteers that will be deployed at the event to help stage the event, pass out toys, books to the children, serve food, coordinate logistics, check people in, take photos and video, and more.

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LA5 will lead the efforts to obtain donations (in cash or kind) for the toys and books to be given to 4,000 kids and other necessaries for the event.  As in prior years, we welcome donations of other necessaries, such as clothing and food, to bring more joy to the Season for our families.

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What Will Happen at the Angel City Celebration?

  • LA5 VolunteersThe event is designed to serve 3,500 to 4,000 children ages 4 to 10 and their families. We estimate that more than 5,000 people will benefit from our program.
  • 350 volunteers will be deployed at the event, from 7am on.
  • This will be a passport event. Each child (with his or her parents) must have their passports stamped at no fewer than 15 exhibitors before receiving a toy gift. 
  • Volunteers will prepare and serve pancakes, sausages and juice for the approximately 3,000 children and their families who will line up for the Celebration well before dawn.
  • The Celebration will include a variety of fun activities and entertainment for both kids and adults. Angel City offers a safe environment for South LA families to enjoy a fun-filled day in the park. For this event, we will secure a truce among rival gangs for the duration of the event.
  • The Celebration's Resource Fair will focus on gang prevention, empowering parents with information on after-school enrichment programs for sports, academics and healthy living. We will provide information on LA County local government agencies and how to access governmental services. We expect at least 30 agencies and organizations will set up exhibition booths at the Celebration. 
  • A Health Fair will provide general wellness check-ups with blood tests, medical specialty consultations and prevention information to youth and family memebers. We will also have on site at least 8 mobile clinics for vision & glasses, dental, hearing, blood works and general wellness checkup. These clinics will offer testing and preventative information. Last year over 25 MDs and other para-professionals in the healthcare field participated.
  • Book Fair: books will open the eyes of youth and children to the joys of reading, with stories, pictures and facts. The La County Library Department will supply the books. Librarians and volunteers will work closely together to encourage reading and improve reading skills. 
  • As always LA5 will lead the efforts to obtain donations (in cash or kind) for the toys to be given to 4,000 kids. As in prior years, we welcome donations of other necessities, such as clothing and food, to bring more of the joy of the Season for our families.


2017 Angel City Partners​

Los Angeles County Parks & Recreation (anchor partner of Angel City)

Provide park facility for the evnt, tee shirt, staff, signage, equipment, partial lunch, fun activities for kids like a bounce house along with arts and crafts.

Angel City Dental Society

Work in conjunction with Colgate Bright SMiles.

Children's Hospital of Los Angeles

Resources and information on community and clinical programs for children, adolescents and their fmailies with diabetes and obesity. Healthy lifestyle tips/resource guides. Nutrition education demonstrations and games.

City of Hope

Be the Match Marrow Registry

Coach for Kids of Cedars - Sinai (mobile unit)

Information on variety of health issues for adult and youth (supported by over 30 volunteers from the hospital).

Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures (mobile unit)

FREE Oral HEalth Education and FREE dental screenings for children ages 1 to 12. Every child screened will receive a dental kit (toothbrush, paste and oral health info).

Fleet Street

Provide children bicycles to give away and safety education.

Get PrepLA/LA Condom 

Disseminate free condom and educational materials about STI, HIV prevention and PrEP, a new daily pill that helps an individual stay HIV negative.

LA County Public Health Dept, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Information on the risk and awareness of childhood lead poisoning and its prevention. Also, we will provide Medi-Cal referrals and more.

LA County Public Health Dept, Women's Health Programs & Innovation

Information about reproductive and women's health, prenatal care, access to services in DHS clinis, family planning, condom distribution, educational materials about birth control methods, STI, prenatal care and more. 

LA County Public Library (Book Fair)

Provide 3,000 books to giveaway and bookmobile.

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP)

Info and how to on water conservation and water trailer for 3,000 people.

Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic

Provide information on mental health and supportive services for children, youth and families of South LA.

Mission City Community Network (mobile unit)

Provide medical, dental and mental health program information and referral service for underserved individuals. Provide medical insurance and enrollment including MHLA, Med-Cal, Cover CA, etc.

Queens Care Health and Faith Partnership

Blood pressure

Tessie Cleveland Community Services (mobile unit)

Provide mental health services to age 0-25 and 55+. Offers information on how to acces the existing local resources; use mobile game truck as tool to educate the families about mental health.

To Help Everyone Health & Wellness Centers/T.H.E. Inc. (mobile unit)

Blood Pressure, HIV, Diabetes Screening and health insurance enrollment and information.

UCLA International Medical Graduate Program of David Geffen School of Medicine

Consultation service: UCLA international graduate program of medical doctors offer their expertise and knowledge.

Umma Community Clinic

Information on behavioral health services and enrollment assistance and African-American wellness program.

Vision to Learn (2 mobile units)

Free eye exams and glasses to children aged 5-18 that filed their vision screening. The goal is to examine at least 50 children.

South Los Angeles Health Project (WIC) of LA BioMed

Provide WIC and nutrition information and pamphlets.

​Cash Contributors

  • Alicia & Bob Aldridge
  • Alan Bernstein
  • Karen & Mike Birkholm
  • David Blend
  • Tim Brown
  • Ken Chung
  • Don Crocker
  • D. A. Davidson & Co.
    David L. Bland, CWS® \|SVP Financial Advisor

  • Jack Gilbertson

  • Golden Poppy of Eastern Stars

  • Hiram of Tyre Grand Lodge

  • Todd Johnson

  • MacMurray Foundation

  • Rotary Club of Historic Filipintown

  • Rotary Club of Hollywood

  • Rotary Club of Inglewood

  • Rotary Club of Koreantown

  • Rotary Club of Los Angeles

  • Rotary Club of Westchester

  • Rotary District 5280

  • Ben & Megan Turnnel

  • Jose Vera

  • Russ Whittenburg


  • Central Basin Municipal Water District of LA County — bottled water for 300
  • DWP — water trailer for 3,000 people
  • Farmer John — sausages for 3,000 serving
  • JW Marriott, LA Live — breakfast for 300
  • Pacer Printer — print 3,000 passport for the event
  • Salvation Army - Southern California Division — Warehousing toys and supplies and toys contribution
  • Shelter Partnership, Inc. - S. Mark Taper Fondation Shelter Resource Bank — over 2,000 pairs of croc/athletic shoes for youth

  • St. Vicent de Paul — toys

  • Supervisor Ridley-Thomas — tables, chairs and tents

  • Vision to Learn — free eye glasses

  • Lisa and Sally Schaffer — 400 cookies

If you have any questions, want to participate in this event by volunteering or sponsoring or you know of any entity that can enhance or augment our program on December 2nd, please contact Marjorie Heller at or (323) 463-0304.

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