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15th Anniversary Fundraiser & Dinner: WVTC Coming of Age
Monday, May 16, 2011 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)
Los Angeles, CA
“WVTC Coming of Age”
Fundraiser & Dinner
@ the California African American Museum
600 State Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90037
Monday, May 16 @ 6:30-9pm
Attire: Business Casual
Join us for live music, entertainment and the honoring of Clifton Johnson and Rosie Lee Hooks, our “Community Towers,” pillars in our community who, like WVTC, are making a substantial difference in South LA and around the world.
Since 1996, WVTC has been a leader in providingcting and theatrical performance workshops for at-risk youth in Watts and South Los Angeles. We infuse our culturally diverse community with a tolerance for differences through the development and production of thought-provoking works such as "Meet Me @Metro," a site-specific extravaganza performed on and around the Los Angeles Metro transit system.
In a community constantly struggling with poverty and adversity, WVTC inspires and provides positive alternatives to the status quo. With your support, we can continue to bring the community together!
For more information, please click on "Contact the Host" on the right side of this page and send us a message, and we will get back to you ASAP.
Thank you for your support and see you at CAAM on May 16!
The WVTC team:
David Mack, Managing Director
Naheemah McMicheaux, Fundraising Manager
Guillermo Aviles-Rodriguez, Artistic Director
Lynn Manning, Chairman, Board of Directors
Judy Moreland, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Board of Directors
Leslie Tamaribuchi, Treasurer, Board of Directors
David Catanzarite, Board of Directors
Raquel Cinat, Board of Directors
Leo Briones, Centaur North Strategic Communications
Gregory Burkes, Youth Opportunity Movement LA
Dolores Apollonia Chavez, Inner-City Arts
Ricardo Antonio Chavira, Actor, Desperate Housewives
Victor de la Cruz, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Ernest Dillihay, Department of Cultural Affairs, LA
Fred Fate, LA Theater Academy, LA City College
Michael John Garcés, Cornerstone Theater Company
Rosie Lee Hooks, Watts Towers Arts Center
Robert McCobb, PhD, The Christian Food Center
Bill Rauch, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Renowned Mercedes LaRay Trio to perform live at WVTC Coming of Age!
WVTC Coming of Age will be catered by Coley's Jamaican Cuisine! - http://www.coleyscuisine.com/
and Big Easy Gumbo! - http://bigeasygumbo.com/
We are excited to announce Rich Girl Productions will be covering WVTC Coming of Age! Here are some celebrity events they've covered in the past:
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We are pleased to unveil some exciting raffle items you can win at our 15th Anniversary:
1. a two-night romance (or bromance) package at the Sheraton!
2. two tickets to Les Miserables at the Ahmanson Theatre!
3. two tickets to Cornerstone Theater Company's "Unrequited" with a meet-and-greet with the Playwright!
4. A guided tour of the Watts Towers and Towers gift bag!
more items coming soon...
Pick up your raffle tickets when you arrive; or if you cannot attend, let us know to which item you want your raffle tickets placed, and we will let you know if you've won at the end of the evening...
Honoree: Community Tower
Rosie Lee Hooks, Director, Watts Towers Arts Center
While working for the Smithsonian Institution, Rosie Lee Hooks produced the African Diaspora Program of the Festival of American Folk Life and traveled throughout the United States on “official passport” to the Caribbean, South America, and Africa delivering the “official government-to-government” invitations from the United States to the Ministers of Culture in more than 15 countries. She has worked for the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs for 20 years. Since 2003, she has served as the Director of the Watts Towers Arts Center, the Tour Program for Watts Towers and the Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center. Before taking this position, Hooks was the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Director of Festivals and Gallery Theatre. There, in addition to conceptualizing and producing almost 300 multicultural, multi-disciplined and culturally specific festivals, special events and theatre programs, and utilizing her background in early childhood education, she developed the now 20 year-old Jazz Mentorship Program, which exposes young people to America’s indigenous art form. An accomplished actor and singer for more than 35 years, Hooks is also a film documentarian having produced more than 20 films documenting the culture of various ethnic communities in Southern California.
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