What a festive and magical Friday night at the Hollywood Museum In The Historic Max FactorBuilding. A night that celebrated the accomplishments of children who fight through hardships inlife with hard work and education. Children like Derek Calderon who shared his and his brotherDario’s shocking story about a time when a drive by compelled Dario to hide behind a car’s tireand how he could see the bullet holes in the car. Derek explained how impactful this experiencewas for him and his family and shared that there were many opportunities for them to joingangs.
“Thanks to Hollywood PAL and everyone here we have never and will never join(gangs)…. I am just so thankful for everything this program has given me. From self discipline, respect, and self control; to this scholarship from Anderson that will help me go a long way into getting into a good college. Thank you Anderson and thank you to this entire program.”
The generous Dave Anderson awarded tablets, laptops, scholarships, and gifts of up to $1000dollars during The 5th Annual LAPD Hollywood Youth Program Scholarship Awards event.These incredible youth participate in the Cadets, Junior Cadets, and Hollywood PAL programs.The focus of these programs is to promote positive qualities in youth with discipline, leadershipand respect for education.
The magical night was filled with heart warming speeches, delicious food and fun music, theevent was hosted by the amazing Donelle Dadigan President and founder of the HollywoodMuseum In The Historic Max Factor Building. This woman needs no introduction, Donelle agenerous woman who radiates kindness hosted a beautiful event. Be it the holiday spirit or pureappreciation there is no doubt this night was one for the books.
Written By Aileene Ortiz