Thursday, June 11, 2009

Arts at the Park After Dark

Last night, I co-hosted a summer concert fundraiser at Barnsdall Park in partnership with Generation Obama to support our Summer Night Lights anti-gang program

Summer Night Lights offers summer programming for young people, keeping recreation centers and parks open later hours for the summer months. This year, the program will be expanding to serve kids in 16 locations throughout the city.

We raised more than $35,000 at last night’s event, and it was great to see so much community support. It was especially wonderful to hear from one of last year’s program participants, Charlie Quispe, a student at Marshall High School, who talked about his experience in the program last summer.

A big thank you to our generous sponsors Kaiser Permanente and the Community Redevelopment Agency for their support.