Angel City Celebration 2019

A big thank you to our sponsors for Angel City - 2019 was a success and we look forward to 2020!

Held: Saturday, December 7, 2019  |  7:00 AM – 3:00 PM  |  Jesse Owens Park

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Celebrating and Serving Our Community

Angel City Celebration is the largest Rotary service project in the Greater Los Angeles Area.  Led by the Rotary Club of Los Angeles (LA5) in partnership with District 5280. Evolving from a simple toys and food giveaway in a church parking lot to a park-sized event featuring a resource and health fair, book fair and many other activities to improve quality of life for underserved families with young children in South LA.  The mission of the Angel City Celebration is always the same: empower our neighbors in South LA with knowledge of preventive healthcare and provide wellness check-ups; bring joy to the young children with toys and books; and educate parents on how to access after school activities. Throughout its 10-year history, though, one the most pleasing by-products of the Celebration are the smiles: smiles of happiness on the faces of 3,000 plus children who receive toys they only dreamed of, smiles of relief on the faces of parents who can now provide their children with these toys as well as gifts of reading and improved health, and smiles of holiday joy on the faces of the 500 volunteers who are essential to making all this happen year after year.

Partnering with both LA City and County Parks Departments, Angel City Celebration has rotated among several parks in South LA.

The 2019 Angel City Celebration was at Jesse Owens Park, 9651 S. Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90047, on Saturday, December 7, 2019.

A special thanks to L.A. County Parks & Recreation, our anchor partner for the 2019 Angel City Celebration.

We are looking forward to another wonderful event this year!

View photos from last year’s event


Angel City 2019 Partners​

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

Provides the park facility for the event, with staff, signage, equipment, fun activities for kids like a bounce house, snow playing along with arts and crafts.  LA County Park shares volunteer & staff lunch expenses and tee shirt production.

Angel City Dental Society

Work in conjunction with Colgate Bright SMiles.

Cedars - Sinai Hospital / Coach for Kids of
(mobile unit)

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

Children's Hospital of Los Angeles

Offers resources and information on community and clinical programs for those suffering from diabetes or obesity. Provides healthy lifestyle tips and resource guides, nutrition education, with demonstrations and games.

Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures (mobile unit)

Offers 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

Supplies children bicycles to be given away in a ticket raffle and provides bike safety education.

Get PrepLA/LA Condom 

Disseminates free condoms 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

Provides information to raise awareness on the risks of childhood lead poisoning and its prevention. Also, provides Medi-Cal referrals and more.

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

Provides information about reproductive and women's health, prenatal care, access to services in DHS clinic, family planning and educational materials about birth control methods, STI, prenatal care and more.  Also offers free condoms.

LA County Public Library (Bookmobile)

Offers books to take home both in Spanish and English.  Stages games and book readings and provides the opportunity to obtain a public library card.

Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic

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

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP)

Provides information on water conservation and water trailer for 3,000 people.

Mission City Community Network (mobile unit)

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

South Los Angeles Health Project (WIC) of LA BioMed

Provides WIC and nutrition information and pamphlets.

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

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

Tessie Cleveland Community Services (mobile unit)

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

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.


​An experience design company that has created a tangible story overlay for the children to ‘live’ the story and emotionally engage with the day’s activities - after all, it’s much more entertaining to get an eye exam when you know you’ll get to write your name on Santa’s Nice List for it. They organized activities ranging from Magic Lessons to relay sack races and integrated it within the structure of the event.

​Cash Contributors

  • Alicia & Bob Aldridge
  • Alan Bernstein
  • Karen & Mike Birkholm
  • David Blend
  • Tim Brown
  • Ken Chong
  • 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 Filipinotown

  • Rotary Club of Hollywood

  • Rotary Club of Inglewood

  • Rotary Club of Koreatown

  • Rotary Club of Los Angeles

  • Rotary Club of Westchester

  • Rotary District 5280

  • Ben & Megan Tunnel

  • Jose Vera

In-Kind Contributors

  • Central Basin Municipal Water District of LA County  Bottled water for 300
  • DWP — Water trailer for 3,000 people
  • JW Marriott, LA Live — Breakfast for 300
  • Pacer Printer — Print 3,000 passports 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

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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