It was a memorable evening with fabulous performances and heartfelt remarks!

Special thanks to our engaging Mistress of Ceremonies, Michaela Pereira and to all our presenters: Chris Dusseault (Gibson Dunn), Assembly Speaker Rendon, Superintendent Beutner, Cameron Strang, Assemblymember Santiago, CarloPonti (LAV), The LAFC 3252, Renata Simril (LA84Foundation) and Dave Travers (Zip Recruiter).

We are grateful for the amazing and powerful performances by the Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra (LAV) and LA Opera. And, many thanks to Two Bit Circus, Los Angeles Football Club and WRDSMTH for sponsoring creative and fun activations our guests enjoyed.

We also want to again congratulate and thank our honorees: Los Angeles Football Club, Children’s Champion Award & Wendy Ruiz, Outstanding Alumni Award

Check out photos from the evening and to watch the red carpet live video with LA’s BEST KidPRess and Candice On Air on our Facebook Page.

You can continue to support the LA’s BEST gala and the next 30 years. Make a donation via our donate page or text “30th” to 70-70-70.



Cameron Strang
Chris Dusseault

Alina Beruff
Angela Coron
Carlo Ponti
Dakota Ortiz
Dave Travers
Elizabeth Banks
Heather Lord
Justin Fredericks
Mark Flaisher
Mary Odell
Peter Hidalgo
Ruben Gonzalez
Teresa Samaniego
The Honorable Wendy Greuel


Mayor Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, District 46
Assemblymember Autumn R. Burke, District 62
Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel, District 45
Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, District 53
Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson, District 64
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell, District 70
Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr., District 59
Assemblymember Richard Bloom, District 50
Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove, District 54
Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo, District 51
Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, District 63
Board of Public Works Vice President Heather Repenning
California Council on Economic Education, Allysunn Walker-Williams
Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr., District 10
Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, District 3
Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr., District 9
Councilmember David E. Ryu, District 4
Councilmember Gilbert A. Cedillo, District 1
Councilmember José Huizar, District 14
Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, District 8
Councilmember Mitchell Englander, District 12
Councilmember Nury Martinez, District 6
Councilmember Paul Koretz, District 5
Councilmember Paul Krekorian, District 2
LA84 Foundation, Renata Simril
LAUSD Board Member Kelly Gonez, District 6
LAUSD Board Member Scott M. Schmerelson, District 3
LAUSD Board Vice President Nick Melvoin, District 2
LAUSD Senior Executive Director, Partnerships Capri Maddox
LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer
Los Angeles Community College District Board President Mike Fong
Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, District 1
Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, District 5
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, District 2
Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, District 3
Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, District 4
Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
State Senate President pro Tempore Emeritus Kevin de León, District 24
State Senator Anthony J. Portantino, District 25
State Senator Benjamin Allen, District 26
State Senator Henry Stern, District 27
State Senator Holly J. Mitchell, District 30
State Senator Robert M. Hertzberg, District 18
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, Wendy Garen
Thomas Nakanishi
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer


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