Literacy Fair

This March, we hosted our 19th annual Literacy Fair promoting the importance of literacy in an effort to help families and children thrive in their education.
We gave out hundreds of books for kids categorically selected to their grade level.
Thank you to all our guest readers; volunteers, learning experts, librarians, community leaders, and school administrators, and the Del Rey Community Jazz band who made our event extra special!

We also want to thank our partner organizations:

Los Angeles Public Library
Allies for Every Child
ICEF Vista Academy
WIN Los Angeles
Bank of America
LMU Creare
Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary
Playa Vista Optimist Club
National Charity League

We enjoyed a family-friendly day filled with books, guest readers, arts and crafts, food, entertainment and most importantly, FUN!

Women’s Day Lunch

For the first time ever, Mar Vista Family Center hosted a Women’s Day event where we invited all the young women in our community to connect, educate and empower one another. Here at MVFC, we strive to help women embrace the best version of themselves and make a difference in our world, despite the challenges we face in our community.

Thank you to our panelists; Suzette Martinez, Liz Lopez, Yemily Leiva and Alma Sernas who took the time to share their stories, address important issues, and inspire the future generation of women leaders.
Our female empowerment discussion and activities were followed by a delicious lunch and a shopping spree boutique! Thank you to LMU’s sorority, Pi Beta Phi, for volunteering at our event and promoting the importance of women leadership.

College and Career Fair

This Spring, our By Youth For Youth (BYFY) program invited representatives from several universities to come out to MVFC and offer college and career advice. Our students were able to make connections with different representatives, learn more about college and build new academic skills. We had a variety of students attend the fair this year, from preschoolers to high school students. Here are MVFC, we believe it is never too early to start planning for college! A successful event hosted by our educational youth coordinator and leadership coordinator!

Thank You to all our university representatives that came out to our College and Career Fair:
– Santa Monica College
– El Camino College
– AmeriCorps
– California State University, Long Beach
– California State University, Northridge
-University of California, Los Angeles
-University of California, Merced
-University of California, Riverside
-Loyola Marymount University
-University of Rochester
-Del Rey Community Jazz Band 

Luncheon & Silent Auction

Thank you to all our sponsors, guest speakers, staff and everyone who attended our 2023 Luncheon and Silent Auction at the Beverly Hills Hotel!
This year Mar Vista Family Center proudly honored our Community Champion; the Annenberg Foundation and our Corporate Champion; Bank of America. We deeply appreciate and personally want to thank both our champions for their continuous support towards our organization. 

Our master of ceremonies for our luncheon this year was eloquently hosted by Michelle Fisher a co-anchor from ABC 7 Eyewitness News. We would like to acknowledge our alumni, Suzette Martinez, who shared her inspiring story on how MVFC changed her life for the better, both academically and personally.

We also had a successful Silent Auction this year with items ranging from wine bottles, to restaurant gift certificates, weekend hotel stays, signed Lakers basketball, to a trip to Bali, Indonesia!
Thank you to everyone who supported our silent auction this year. We hope you all enjoy your gifts!

We are proud to announce that this year we raised over $140,000 that will support MVFC mission to continue to provides families with quality education, youth enrichment and the tools to create the positive change they want in their lives and communities.

Lastly, a huge thank you to all our Luncheon Sponsors:

Investors in Education
Debbie & Judson Mock
Montgomery Clark Advisors
The Annenberg Foundation
Bank of America
Diane & Jim Berliner
June Berliner

Engineers for Success
Hope Garcia & Logan Dolph
Jimmy Heckenberg & Cara Sands

Beacons of Promise
Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club
Ronnie Avedon
City National Bank
Hilary Albright & Claire Doney