Join us for Essential Connections: A virtual fundraiser benefiting LA’s BEST on Thursday, May 13th at 4pm. We are honored that Michaela Pereira, our longtime supporter and anchor of Good Day LA, will host the event. She will be joined by heartfelt videos from our staff, kids and parents. The event will also include a clip of Michaela’s interview with Dr. Pedro Noguera, dean of the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education.

All proceeds raised in honor of this inspiring and powerful event will benefit LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program. Please click here for Sponsorship opportunities and contact Amber Martinez, VP of Development at with any questions.


May 13, 2021

4:00 pm

Wherever you're most comfortable!

The suggested donation to attend this event is $250 and any amount is welcomed. Check back soon for the link to RSVP!



ZipRecruiter has been a valued partner of LA’s BEST for the past five years. ZipRecruiter has organized and endorsed employee volunteer opportunities with students, sponsored fundraising events and donated in-kind equipment. ZipRecruiter leadership Dave Travers, who serves on LA’s BEST Board of Directors, and Ward Poulos and other ZipRecruiter employees have also been individual supporters for several years.

Renata Simirl

Ms. Simril is an accomplished and recognized civic and private sector trailblazer with more than 25 years of diversified experience in all areas of economic development policy, municipal finance, real estate finance and development, sports, and philanthropy. Renata serves as the President and CEO of the LA84 Foundation, which has been funding the LA’s BEST sports programs for over thirty years. LA84 has greatly contributed to the health and wellness of thousands of our students. As a pillar in the Los Angeles philanthropic community and through her leadership with the LA84 Foundation, Renata promotes the importance of sports in positive youth development and is galvanizing the #PlayEquity Movement.

Raymond Mora

Raymond Mora is the 2021 Outstanding Alumni Honoree. He is an LA’s BEST alum who attended Griffin Avenue Elementary School in Lincoln Heights and continues to have an active role with LA’s BEST. Raymond has visited with our students (pictured below) spoken at board meetings, attends fundraising events and supports our advocacy efforts (pictured below). He graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in Political Science, Government, and Economics. Mora is currently the Program Support Manager at End Homelessness California.