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Oct 2014


Skirball Cultural Center 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles , California 90049
Tel: (310) 440-4500
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El Nido Family Centers Champions for Families Awards Dinner


El Nido Family Centers’ “Champions for Families” Awards Dinner

The Power of Transformation: A Showcase of El Nido’s At-Risk Youth Clients’ Talents

Actress and Acting Coach Belita Moreno Emcees Event


  • Champions for Families will showcase El Nido’s young clients’ personal creative expressions across a variety of mediums including photography by members of El Nido’s Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) program and live musical performances by El Nido’s children in partnership with the Harmony Project. There will also be dramatic readings performed and written by current and former clients that represent the different pivotal stages of their journeys with El Nido.  A presentation from a former client who now is a wonderfully successful and contributing member of society will conclude the dramatic readings.


  • Belita Moreno, who also serves as Champions for Families’ emcee, has coached the youth in creating, expressing and performing their dramatic readings. She is perhaps best known as comedian George Lopez’s salty mother on the popular sitcom “George Lopez.”  She began her career in the theatre and has appeared in many films and TV shows.  Over the years, Ms. Moreno has coached actors including Chris Hemsworth, Diane Keaton, Renee Zellweger, Kate Hudson, Aaron Eckhart, Lindsay Lohan, Zac Efron, Chris Tucker, Eminem, Britney Spears and Usher.

WHEN:  Thursday, October 16, 2014

  • 5:30- 6:45 pm Cocktails, Photo Exhibit by Gang Reduction Youth Development Program, Opportunity to Interview Youth and Honorees
  • 7:00 pm Awards, Dinner, Youth Performances

WHY:  The evening will salute those who have made a difference in the lives of children, families and communities.

WHERE: The Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90049 (Map)


Jay R. de Miranda, Lifetime Achievement Award

Carole Keen, Community Impact Award

Xiomara Peña, Zuly Quezada and Joe Celguera, Champions Award, Co-Founders, El Nido Alumni Executive Committee


Growth Sponsors: Kaiser Permanente; Valley Presbyterian Hospital; Gibson Dunn; Rose Norton & Phil Savenick, Stuart & Susie Berton

Trust Sponsors:  Grifols; Hugo’s; Scott Matula-Beltch & Rob Beltch

Hope Sponsors:  Kern Wooley, P.C.; John & Linda Coleman; Crystal Property Management; Bill Canup; Jeff & Virginia Thomas


$150 per person; purchase by visiting El Nido’s website at or calling 818.830.3646


El Nido Family Centers is a 501(c) 3, non-profit organization founded in 1925. Last year El Nido served over 11,000 children, youth and family members with its child abuse prevention and treatment, youth development, teen parenting and parent education programs in Los Angeles County. El Nido serves a wide area of Los Angeles County, from the Antelope and San Fernando Valleys, to Central/South L.A., Inglewood, Compton and Wilmington/San Pedro.  El Nido Family Centers offer numerous, diverse services at their sites as well as outreach programs located in schools, housing projects, health and community centers, and in-home counseling and visitations.

Social media: Facebook, Twitter: @elnidofamily

For press information, photos or interviews email Elaine Doran or call Doran Public Relations 818.238.9005. For information on El Nido, please visit (





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