Grantee Spotlight: Mar Vista Family Center

This month we are putting a spotlight on another of our amazing grantees, the Mar Vista Family Center. MVFC operates on a cooperative model through which families remain involved from early childhood all the way through adulthood. Their programs stresses the importance of parents being partners in the education of their children, and the holistic model allows parents, teens, and other members of the community to become classroom volunteers, preschool teachers, mentors, fundraisers, and community advocates. A community once filled with gang violence and unsafe streets has been transforming into a flourishing community thanks to MVFC! We are so proud to support!

To learn more about the Mar Vista Family Center, visit their website at http://marvistafc.org/.

Grantee Spotlight: UCLA Intervention Program

Look at those SWEET faces!

The UCLA Intervention Program is a center-based early intervention program providing educational, diagnostic and therapeutic services to infants and toddlers with a wide range of developmental risks and disabilities since 1952.  Their professional team, Medical Director (a pediatrician with a subspecialty in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics), early childhood educators, and therapists, seek to discover each child’s unique learning style; how he/she processes information and what motivates him/her. Through helping children develop successful strategies for learning and guiding them to feel proud of their accomplishments, children expand their images of themselves as competent individuals open to life-long learning.
 
For more information please visit http://www.uclainterventionprogram.org or call (310) 825-4821.

Akeem Ayers' Blue & Gold Football Clinic a success!

Count On Me teamed up with former UCLA Bruin and current Los Angeles Ram Akeem Ayers for an all day, all free football clinic for boys and girls ages 7-13. Hosted by Verbum Dei High School in Watts, CA, the event was centered around football drills and life lessons. Akeem even brought along Rams teammates Todd Gurley and Alec Ogletree to run drills and sign autographs! The young athletes kept satiated with lunch provided by California Pizza Kitchen, fruit provided by Melissa's Produce, and water by AQUAhydrate. They also got a goody bag to take home, with fun gear and snacks provided by the Los Angeles Rams, Quest Nutrition, Lenny and Larry's, KIND Snacks, and Xenith.

To see more, check out some video of the day and scroll through the pictures below!

Charitybuzz items available through April 12th!

Our LA Kings Suite Event was a HUGE success thanks to AEG and the Staples Center Foundation! Luckily, the fun isn't over yet. We still have items on Charitybuzz up for grabs!

Check it out NOW for some fantastic and EXCLUSIVE packages to bid on!

Have you dreamed of being a part of the UCLA Football team? You could fly with the Bruins to the first game of the season in College Station, TX!

Don't like to travel? Never fear. You could sit in the Mora's personal suite for the home opener at the Rose Bowl!

Maybe you're more of a basketball fan. Get your courtside tickets to a LA Clippers game of your choice!

Sports aren't your thing? No problem. Enjoy a 7-night stay in a luxurious Bali villa!

There's something for everyone, so head on over to Charitybuzz now to ensure you don't miss out!

Support Count On Me through Law Rocks USA!

We're THRILLED to be the chosen partner to Run DLA for the second year in a row at Law Rocks Los Angeles! Run DLA (featuring talented legal professionals from DLA Piper, eHarmony, and Wolf Rifkin Shapiro Schulman & Rabkin) will rock for the Jim Mora Count on Me Family Foundation. The best part: 100% of donations made to Run DLA for the Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation go straight to us!! Think of how many kids' worlds we could ROCK with that money! Donate NOW to support Count On Me and help Run DLA take down the competition!

 

 

Join us for the 10th Annual Jim Mora Celebrity Golf Classic!

Are you ready for a day of fun and FUNdraising at the iconic Riviera Country Club? Don't miss out on the opportunity to meet celebrities from the sports and entertainment industries, play golf at one of the most exclusive clubs in the United States, and raise money to support Count On Me! Click here to check out our Sponsorship and Donor opportunities available NOW, and/or contact Lauren Hall (lauren.h@comff.org) or Shannon Mora (shannon.m@comff.org) for more information!

Giving the Gift of Gift-Giving

We are on a whirlwind tour of empowerment and the Count On Me Holiday Shops are putting smiles on the faces of young patients in children's hospitals this month! So far, we've visited Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Mary Bridge Children's Hospital (Seattle/Tacoma) and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite and the kiddos are enjoying every moment in our festive pop-up shops, selecting and wrapping gifts for their loved ones. Our volunteers are having a great time, too!  Check out the stories being told in each city about our annual empowerment program!

From 11 Alive Atlanta:

WOW! Girls Night Out was a huge success!

If there was ever an event to define FUNdraising, it would have been Girls Night Out! This past Friday’s event was incredible—there was music, dancing, food, and of course, Cocktails For a Cause! Our generous female supporters really know how to have fun—AND how to support our Holiday Shops! We are honored and humbled by the support of the women in attendance—as well as the incredible supporters who donated food, alcohol, and product for our Fab Bags and Balloon Pop. We owe everyone a huge THANK YOU! Check out the photos below for some of the fun and festivities in the photo booth!

The Bruins' 41-0 WIN adds 5 Touchdowns, 3 Sacks and 2 Field Goals for Play-Action-Pledge!

Photo by UCLA Football.

Photo by UCLA Football.

It was a another beautiful win for the Bruins and for Play-Action-Pledge this past weekend! The Bruins dominated Oregon State with five touchdowns, 3 sacks, and 2 field goals, adding over $3,000 to our total money raised thanks to our pledgers! What a great way to kick off UCLA's week long tribute to Veterans Day!

Another Bruin WIN for our Play-Action-Pledgers and Bus 2 The Bowl!

The Bruins had a 35-31 WIN over Colorado this past Saturday--that's another FIVE touchdowns and ONE sack toward Play-Action-Pledge! Not to mention, it was a super fun HALLOWEEN Bus 2 The Bowl! The kiddos had so much fun at Bus 2 The Bowl, a program that is directly supported by YOUR Play-Action-Pledges!

Get your Girls Night Out tickets before prices go up on November 1st!

Girls Night Out tickets will go up in price on November 1st, so buy your tickets NOW! Join us for an evening of fabulous food, signature cocktails, and LOADS of fun to raise money for our Holiday Shops program! We are expanding to two new Children's Hospitals this year thanks to our AWESOME supporters, and with your help, we can bring even more smiles to even more children in long term care in the future!

Play-Action-Pledge!

Support kids in need and show your love for UCLA Football by joining our Play-Action-Pledge! Whether it’s with a pledge per win, touchdown, or field goal – YOU pick your play and take action! Your donations make it possible for our programs to reach thousands of children at risk! Thank you to RBC, Keyes Cars, Mac Hofeditz, The Pasquales, Bruin Fan Alliance and all our other pledgers for your support! Contact us for more information -  kara.r@comff.org. 

Count On Me Takes AZ!

The Count On Me team spread the Bruin love in Tuscon, Arizona, for last weekend’s WIN against the University of Arizona. Did you catch us on College GameDay?!