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Bresee Foundation Gala 2019: An overview and why you should know about Bresee

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I was invited to attend the Bresee Foundation Gala 2019. I had a blast because the host, Kim Cardwell-Harvey, kept the crowd entertained with her fun approach to fundraising. Read more details after the jump:

What is Bresee Foundation? It is all about helping the kids.

The Bresee Foundation (“Bresee”) started in 1982 in hopes of building a community center that would support families who were struggling to break the cycle of poverty. The caring Bresee staff members help youth in the area who need a safe place and engaging activities after school as an alternative to the gang activity and destructive behaviour in the community. In 2001, Bresee purchased and renovated a 15,000-square-foot facility where Bresee is still housed today. Today, Bresee is a vibrant community center providing the Los Angeles community with numerous programs that encourage the growth of young people and their families. You can learn more by clicking here.

What happened during the Bresee Gala?

The Bresee Gala was hosted in the gorgeous interior of the Taglyan Complex and was well-attended by local celebrities, prominent professionals, Bresee staff and board members, and the amazing kids that Bresee serves. Kim Caldwell-Harvey was hilarious and wowed attendees with her excellent fundraising skills to help raise well over $115,000 tonight! She also proved to have a fabulous voice when she performed “Titanium.” Here is a picture of me and Kim.

Musical talent by Mikalah Gordon was fabulous. Here is a picture of me and Mikalah.

Although I had awesome table mates, including Rene Lopez who is Director of Operations, I won’t be able to share those pictures until I get them from the professional photographer.

The Board of Directors ensures the legal and ethical integrity of Bresee

You should know that Bresee is advised by some of the most experienced and talented accounting, legal, finance and business professionals in California, the fifth largest economy in the world.

Board of Directors

Craig Beatty – PresidentPrincipal – KPMG
Tim Martin – Vice PresidentOwner – Justwrks
Heidi Feng – TreasurerManaging Director – PriceWaterHouseCoopers
Rob Longnecker – SecretaryPartner – Ides Capital Management LP
Eddie BaderGeneral Manager – Companybuilt
Jennifer BrownAudio/Video Integration Consultant – Verrex
Ashley FontanettaVP, Philanthropic Services – Whittier Trust
Lilianna GrandaAssistant Controller – Festival Management
Linda KimVP, Senior Fraud Operations Manager – Bank of America
Michael LeePortfolio Manager, Founder – Hypotenuse Capital Management, LLC
Rich OroscoEVP, Brand & Community – LAFC
Marco OrozcoGeneral Manager, Compton – Best Buy
Ramon Pack IIIChief Compliance Officer (Trust Services) – First Republic Bank
Maki VillacarilloVP, Relationship Manager – US Bank

Junior Board

Judy KimReformation
Andrew MorovatiCapital Group
Andrew KimPrivate Wealth Manager
Albert RagaboDisney

Bresee had some notable sponsors like Paul Hastings, County of Los Angeles, Bank of America, and more. You should check Bresee out and donate time or money if you can!

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