Holiday Turkey & Toy Giveaway

History

In the fall of 2016, Past President Minh Nguyen and Honorary Board of Governors Member PJ Javaheri came up with a noble idea: that LATLC should host its own service event, without the resources of any other nonprofit, to provide assistance to families during the holidays. They formed a committee, sought partnerships with the City of Los Angeles (including the 8th District and its City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Los Angeles Fire Department), found a venue in the New Prospect Baptist Church and warm and welcoming hosts in its Pastor, E.L. Williams, and congregation.

Before long, that modest idea had snowballed into a massive event. It was decided that LATLC would help 500 families in need. It became clear that the New Prospect Baptist Church alone would be too small to house an event of this magnitude. The entire block of South Broadway, between West 109th Street and West 109th Place was reserved for the event. Turkeys, canned goods, and toys were purchased. However, the committee wanted the event to be more special and meaningful than an ordinary Holiday Giveaway. Minh Nguyen and Mendivil Events envisioned a magical Winter Wonderland complete with arts and crafts activities, games, and Santa & Mrs. Claus.

On December 17, 2016, 90 volunteers transformed South Broadway into a festive holiday village. Over 2,000 people came to pick up their turkeys and toys, and partake in the merriment. 500 turkeys and over 1,000 toys were distributed. The joy was palpable. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin, Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, and Pastor Williams were among the distinguished guests, who gave speeches to kick off our inaugural event. It was a huge success.

Our 2nd Annual Holiday Turkey and Toy Giveaway was held on December 16, 2017. The Event Committee Co-Chairs were Immediate Past President Scott Corwin, Vice President Gerry Marcus, Past President Minh Nguyen, and President Elect Dena Weiss. This year was even bigger and better than the year before, with an expanded Holiday Village, and more than 2,500 people in attendance. We were able to give away complete turkey dinners and toys to more than 550 low income families! This year, our wonderful attorney sponsors helped us provide "reindeer" rides, face painting, carnival games, snacks, and arts and crafts to make this year's giveaway a truly magical event. Even Santa and Mrs. Claus joined in to help spread the holiday cheer. The event was attended by city and state elected officials including LA City Attorney Mike Feuer (a member of our LATLC Honorary Board).

We are so grateful to Pastor Williams, City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, the LAPD, and LAFD for their continued support and assistance in putting on this event. Thank you also to our volunteers, who worked tirelessly to ensure that the event ran smoothly.

Giveaway

550 Turkeys and holiday meal fixings were distributed in 2017. Each family received:

  • 1 Frozen Turkey
  • 1 Roasting Pan
  • 1 Box of Stuffing
  • 4 Cans of Green Beans
  • 1 Box of Mashed Potatoes
  • 4 Packets of Gravy

1,500 Brand new toys were distributed. These included gifts geared toward all genders and ages, from toddler to preteen

Holiday Village

Our event is made even more magical with a Holiday Village/ celebration for the families to enjoy before they get their turkeys and toys. South Broadway is transformed into a Winter Wonderland, complete with:

  • Santa & Mrs. Claus
  • Face Painters
  • Balloon Makers
  • "Reindeer" Rides
  • Caricature Artists
  • Food Booths
  • Carnival Games
  • A Holiday Tree
  • Arts and Crafts

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you're an attorney and you'd like to help spread the holiday cheer, we have many wonderful sponsorship opportunities available. Thank you so much to our 2017 sponsors- we couldn't have done it without your generous support:

Holiday Village Sponsor - Lallande Law

Turkey Sponsor - ThruLaw

Santa Hat Sponsor - Minh T. Nguyen, ALC

Midway Games Sponsor - Girardi | Keese

Wish Upon a Star Sponsor - Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley

Sitting With Santa Sponsor - The Clarkson Law Firm

Entertainment Sponsor - The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus

Pony Carousel Sponsor - The Law Offices of Twila S. White

Face Painter Sponsor - The Law Offices of Mauro Fiore Jr.

Balloon Twister Sponsor - Kramer Holcomb Sheik LLP

Caricature Artist Sponsor - TORKLAW

Healthy Snacks Sponsor - The Law Offices of Michael Burgis & Associates

Kettle Corn Sponsor - Scott J. Corwin, APLC

Cotton Candy Sponsor - TORKLAW

Hot Chocolate Bar Sponsor - Aghaeian Law

Holiday Tree Sponsor - CAALA New Lawyers Committee

Press and Media

To view the video from our 2016 event, click HERE.

Photos

To view photos from the 2017 event, click HERE.

To view photos from the 2016 event, click HERE.