Angel City Celebration 2019

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 Rotary Club of Los Angeles (LA5) in partnership with District 5280 and Rotarians from rotary clubs of District, the project started 10 years ago, 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 that offer their youth an alternative to gangs. 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 will be 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 have another wonderful event this year.

View photos from last year’s event

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Join the Fun!

On December 7th, we need support from our fellow Rotarians and community volunteers to make this year's Angel City Celebration a success. Currently, we are looking for 350 volunteers to help stage the event, check people in, prepare and serve food, coordinate logistics, pass out toys and books, raffle off children’s bikes and distribute 10 pallets worth of men’s clothing, take photos and video, and more.

Sign up to be a Volunteer


If you are a community nonprofit serving residents in South LA and wish to participate in this event as an exhibitor, please contact Marjorie Heller at or click on the link below to register:



LA5 will lead the efforts to obtain donations (in cash or kind) for the toys and books to be given to 3,500.  As in prior years, we also welcome donations of other necessaries, such as clothing and food, to bring more joy to the Season for our families.



What Will Happen at the Angel City Celebration?

  • The event is designed to serve 3,500 children ages 4 to 13 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 7:30am on.

  • This will be a passport event. Each child (with his or her parents) must have their passports stamped at no fewer than 12 exhibitors before receiving a toy gift. 

  • Volunteers will prepare and serve breakfast sandwiches 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 members. 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 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. 


Angel City 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.

​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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