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2019 Annual Spring Dinner

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / The Beverly Hilton

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Our sincere thanks to all of you who joined us in supporting Constitutional Rights Foundation’s 2019 Spring Dinner and our mission to transform young lives by empowering the students we serve to become informed, skilled and engaged citizens. Below is a recap of a wonderful evening.


sd20197Former Civic Action Project (CAP) student Leonardo Serrano shared his personal story about being homeless during his senior year of high school and how he saw CRF’s CAP as a valuable tool to help him provide a voice for the homeless and to help him and his fellow students make a difference. He beamed with pride as he shared the news that he is in an architectural program at East Los Angeles Community College, participating in a paid internship at Gensler Los Angeles and in his own apartment!

The student presenters were from the Hollenbeck Middle School and represented the Los Angeles Junior Division Mock Trial Champions! They impressed the audience with their energy, passion, and eloquence. One of the students told the audience that he takes a bus as early as 6:00 a.m. just to get to Hollenbeck because of the Mock Trial program. He stated: “Now I am certain I have what it takes to live my dream and go to law school.” 

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The Los Angeles Rams were honored with the Foundations of Freedom Award. Kevin Demoff, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Football Operations, accepted the award and reminded the audience that his mother has been involved as a CRF volunteer for 25 years. He stated, “As we sit here tonight and listen to the story of Leo, it reminds me of why we do what we do at the Rams to bring education and homelessness to the forefront.” He further stated, “I had the privilege to sit in a CAP program class and I was blown away by the passion and intelligence of these kids just looking for ways to give back, to think differently, to challenge themselves. CRF gives voice to these students and helps them find ways to solve problems.”

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Robert C. Aronoff

The Los Angeles Rams were honored with the Foundations of Freedom award. Kevin Demoff, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Football Operations, accepted the award and reminded the audience that his mother has been involved as a CRF volunteer for 25 years. He stated, “As we sit here tonight and listen to the story of Leo, it reminds me of why we do what we do at the Rams to bring education and homelessness to the forefront.” He further stated: “I had the privilege to sit in a CAP program class and I was blown away by the passion and intelligence of these kids just looking for ways to give back, to think differently, to challenge themselves. CRF gives voice to these students and helps them find ways to solve problems.”

Robert C. Aronoff received the Lloyd M. Smith Award for his many years of dedicated service to CRF and its many programs. He spoke passionately about how CRF has been a part of his life for 40 years and why CRF is so important to everyone who values democracy, stating “Today, when so many of our institutions are under attack, the mission of CRF to educate, involve and empower our youth has never been more important.”

sd2195Keynote Speaker Jonathan Shapiro spoke about the importance of CRF’s work. Shapiro stated: “Civic education preserves our country and protects its institutions. Ignorance of the Constitution and its principles threatens our country’s continued experiment in participatory Democracy.”

For over 50 years, CRF has provided innovative, nonpartisan, educational programs and high-quality civic-learning resources for teachers and students throughout the United States. The need for CRF's programs continues to grow and we cannot do it without you. Thanks to your support, CRF is close to its goal of $800,000. We promise to put these funds to great use by providing high-quality programs and materials to thousands of students and teachers over the next year.

Thank you to all who have already pledged their support. For those of you who missed the event, you can still pledge a gift to CRF.

We would love to stay connected with each of you. Please click here to receive updates from CRF on ways to get involved with our programs including invitations to upcoming Expanding Horizons Internships events this summer. and information on volunteering.

Thank you again for your support.


Underwriters
Latham & Watkins LLP
The Los Angeles Rams
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Southern California Edison
The Walt Disney Company

Benefactors
Robert C. Aronoff
Proskauer Rose LLP
Sidley Austin LLP


Drafters
Alston & Bird LLP
Alvarez & Marsal Holdings, LLC
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
The Johnny Carson Foundation
Crowell & Moring LLP
Dechert LLP Dentons
DLA Piper LLP
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group LLC
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Jenner & Block LLP
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
KPMG LLP 
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP 
Morrison & Foerster LLP
MUFG Union Bank, N.A.
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP 
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Sempra Utilities / Southern California Gas Company
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
K. Eugene Shutler
Signature Resolution, LLC
SingerLewak LLP
Snap, Inc.
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
Venable LLP 
Winston & Strawn LLP

Founders
The Aerospace Corporation
Analysis Group, Inc. Beffa Law
Houlihan Lokey
Jackson Lewis P.C.
Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles
Jones Day
Meylan Davitt Jain Arevian & Kim LLP
NBCUniversal Media, LLC

Friends 
Avery Dennison Corporation
Constangy Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP
Continental Development Corporation
McGuireWoods LLP

 

As of 5/9/2019

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