By Aileene Ortiz
What a festive and magical Friday night at the Hollywood Museum in the historic Max Factor Building. A night that celebrated the accomplishments of children who fight through hardships in life with hard work and education.
Children like Derek Calderon, who shared the story of his family’s struggle. He shared him and his brother, Dario’s shocking story about a time when a drive-by compelled Dario to hide behind a car’s tire and how he could see the bullet holes in the car. Derek explained how impactful this experience was for him and his family. He shared how there were many opportunities for them to join gangs.
“Thanks to Hollywood LAPD 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 $1000 dollars 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, leadership and respect for education.
The magical night was filled with heart warming speeches, delicious food and fun music, the event was hosted by the amazing Donelle Dadigan, President and Founder of the Hollywood Museum in the historic Max Factor building. This woman needs no introduction, Donelle a generous woman who radiates kindness hosted a beautiful event. Be it the holiday spirit or pure appreciation there is no doubt this night was one for the books.