Thank you to all who attended for such a fabulous evening.
See you all again in 2024!
Sponsorship packages include a cocktail reception, one or more tables at the gala dinner, and dancing to the music of JT & Friends. Various opportunities for recognition and individually priced tickets are available.
MEET THE HONOREES
The January 6th Committee represented by Congressman Adam Schiff
On January 6th, 2021, the world witnessed the upending of America’s steadfast commitment to the peaceful transition of power from one president to another as a mob of rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol, vandalized and looted the building, assaulted Capitol police officers, and hunted down lawmakers. The U.S House of Representatives formed an independent bipartisan select committee to investigate the insurrection that pro-Trump extremists hoped would help overturn the 2020 election. Over a period of 18 months the committee interviewed more than 1,000 witnesses, held public hearings, and produced a report with recommendations about how to protect our democracy from coming under attack again. SCPR is proud to honor the committee for its work to uphold and strengthen our democracy. Representing the January 6th Committee at the SCPR 2023 Gala is Southern California Congressman Adam Schiff, who has served in Congress for more than 20 years and counts his time on the select committee as among his most critical accomplishments.
Kristin McGuire, Executive Director, Young Invincibles
As Executive Director of Young Invincibles, Kristin McGuire leads the charge to amplify the voices of young adults in the political process and expand economic opportunity. She is a bold changemaker who has dedicated her life to ensuring that everyone has a place in our democracy. Kristin’s accomplishments include shaping policies that do just that, such as the College Student Hunger Relief Act, the California Student Borrowers’ Bill of Rights, and the Student Civic and Voter Empowerment Act. Currently, Kristin is leading the national charge to cancel student debt. Keeping true to her commitment to civic engagement, Kristin is the first African-American elected to the school board in Covina. While very proud of her work, Kristin's most prized accomplishment is not her own, it is her mother’s, who integrated her school in Alabama at the age of seven. Kristin is a proud alumna of California State University Dominguez Hills, wife, mother, and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Miguel Santana, President & CEO, Weingart Foundation
Throughout his career, Miguel Santana has fought tirelessly for a more equitable and inclusive Los Angeles. He has been a champion for the underserved. As the City of Los Angeles’ Administrative Officer, he oversaw the city’s $9 billion budget and designed the city’s first comprehensive homeless strategy. In 2021 Santana was appointed President & CEO of the Weingart Foundation, a private grant-making foundation advancing racial, social, and economic justice. In his role at Weingart and as Chair of the Committee for Greater LA, Santana is leading a coordinated effort to help the most marginalized communities recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. He also has championed SCPR’s civics coverage and funded the expansion of the Voter Game Plan to provide easily accessible, comprehensive information about the elections in multiple languages so that LAist journalists can hold the powerful to account and provide Southern Californians with the news and information they need to participate in civic life.
SUPPORTERS OF THE 2023 GALA
Molly Munger & Stephen English
The Ward Family Foundation
Tim & Sandy Armour
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
Esther Chui-Chao, Giant Panda Management
Bryant G. Garth
Laura & James Rosenwald
Nancy Stark & Stanley Iezman
Andria & Peter Strelow
Melissa & Bob Alvarado
John & Louise Bryson
Ying Cai & Wann Lee Family Foundation
The California Wellness Foundation
Jane & Ron Olson
Darrin Stafford & Anna Solodilova
Janet & Laurence Watt
Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP
Donald & Taylor Hall
The Katie McGrath & JJ Abrams Family Foundation
Betsy & Ted Merchant
The Barry & Wendy Meyer Foundation
Marla & Jim Ryan
RSM US LLP
The Sullivan & Cromwell Foundation
*listing updated as of 4/4/2023