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  • Building a Healthier Community
  • Annual Golf Tournament a Swinging Success
  • Tony Brown Named to Town & Country’s List of the World’s Top 50 Philanthropists
  • HOLA Partners with the LA Museum of the Holocaust
  • HOLA Musicians Travel to Japan with the LA Phil
  • First Annual Alumni Homecoming
  • Samsung Makes Donation to HOLA

Building a Healthier Community

In neighborhoods often overrun by poverty, crime and a feeling of hopelessness, Heart of Los Angeles invests in youth to build stronger and healthier communities. Heart of Los Angeles gives some of the city’s most vulnerable youth a chance to succeed in life. From what started with just a handful of kids in an old gym, 25 years later Heart of Los Angeles now serves over 2,300 youth, ages 6-24, in a safe and supportive environment. HOLA’s mission is to provide underserved youth with free, […]

Annual Golf Tournament a Swinging Success

On a beautiful spring day, close to 100 golfers gathered at MountainGate Country Club for a day of golf, food and fun. Tony Brown kicked off the day with a welcome and introductions to four HOLA alumni who are currently on HOLA’s staff. Leslie, Evelyn, Giancarlo and Haymen shared their stories with the golfers and then sent them off to play.  After a day of golf, participants were treated to dinner, a raffle and silent auction and a special visit from the Laker Girls. A huge thank […]

Tony Brown Named to Town & Country’s List of the World’s Top 50 Philanthropists

We are thrilled to announce that Tony Brown was recently named to Town & Country’s second annual list of the World’s Top 50 Philanthropists. The list includes influential donors, nonprofit heavyweights and thought leaders, including Eli & Edythe Broad, Bill & Melinda Gates and Diane von Furstenberg & Barry Diller. Tony was recognized for giving more options to underserved kids in LA. Click here to read the entire list, or better yet, the magazine is now available at your local newsstand. Congratulations, Tony!

HOLA Partners with the LA Museum of the Holocaust

During the month of March, HOLA’s high school department forged a partnership with the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH). The four-week project started with a docent led tour of the LAMOTH. The students have all studied the Holocaust in school, but visiting the LAMOTH gave them a whole new perspective. Emmanuel was surprised by the sheer volume of interviews that he could watch and in particular that the survivors spoke so many different languages. “I didn’t realize how many different countries the victims […]

HOLA Musicians Travel to Japan with the LA Phil

In conjunction with the LA Phil’s Asian Tour, four musicians from HOLA’s YOLA at HOLA program traveled to Japan with 11 of their peers from the YOLA at Expo program. John, Kevin, Macy and Miguel went through a rigorous selection process which included a written essay and audition. After weeks of preparation, including a visit to Little Tokyo and Japanese lessons with Miss Megumi, the students boarded the 16 hour flight to Tokyo. Once in Tokyo, the 15 young musicians boarded a high speed bullet […]

First Annual Alumni Homecoming

HOLA’s College Success Department recently hosted their first Alumni Homecoming. More than 45 alumni returned to HOLA, representing over 20 colleges and universities. Many of the college students were home on spring break and were thrilled to catch up with staff and friends. In addition to enjoying one another and sharing the trial and tribulations of succeeding through college, the event also offered current HOLA high school seniors a chance to speak with the alumni and hear first hand about college life. This gave the […]

Samsung Makes Donation to HOLA

Recently, Samsung Electronics America made a significant donation of new and barely used products to HOLA. In total, Samsung donated 104 items, including 27 laptops, 5 TVs and 72 tablets. This sizable donation will positively impact each of HOLA’s programs, expanding our technological capacity and the reach of our STEM programming. With increased access to technology, HOLA will be able to train our students in vital skills that are essential for them to be successful and competitive in their studies and in the modern workforce. […]


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