Holiday Turkey & Toy Giveaway

2018 Third Annual Holiday Turkey & Toy Giveaway

Our 3rd Annual Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities Holiday Turkey & Toy Giveaway will be held on December 8, 2018 at the Broadway Corridor and the New Prospect Baptist Church located at 10910 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90061 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. This will be an incredible event. We expect more than 100 trial lawyer volunteers who will be joined by local, state and federal elected officials and community leaders to distribute turkey dinners and groceries and toys to local families in need in the community. We anticipate about 2,500 guests for the event. LATLC will once again work in conjunction with the LAPD South East Division, the LAFD and the LA City Council 8th District and Councilperson Marqueece Dawson-Williams and Pastor Williams of the New Prospect Baptist Church to make this a most special day in our community.

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Origins Of The Event

TurkeyIn 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.

2017 Second Annual Holiday Turkey & Toy Giveaway

TurkeyOur 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.

Our Holiday Giveaway

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550 Turkeys and holiday meal fixings were distributed in 2017. Each family received one frozen turkey, one roasting pan, one box of stuffing, four cans of green beans, one box of mashed potatoes and four packets of gravy. 1,500 brand new toys were distributed to the families. These included gifts geared towards all genders and ages, from toddler to preteens.

Our Holiday Village

TurkeyOur 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.

Our Holiday Sponsors

TurkeyIf 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

For more information and media inquiries please contact our Executive Director, Lissa Zanville, at 844-44-LATLC or email lissa@latlc.org. For more details and our Printable Fact Sheet/Press Release click here.