The 4th Annual LATLC Holiday event, now known as “Comfort and Joy”, was both wonderful and bittersweet. Following the illness and then sad passing of Pastor E.L. Williams (1955-2019), whose dream this event was originally, LATLC moved the annual holiday event to the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Central and 34th Street. It was held on December 14, 2019. For the first time, we partnered with the LAPD’s Newton Division. LATLC modified the event to best meet the needs of the community, considered one of the poorest in Los Angeles. As many families do not even have the facilities to cook a large turkey, we provided cooked and frozen hams instead. We added a Holiday Market, giving away much needed household items –from diapers to toilet paper to cooking oil and more. Separate fundraising for the Market brought in $25,000 from law firms, vendors, as well as individuals who wanted to give back to the community. The basics of the event remained the same: a huge Holiday Village with games, food, and activities; toys for the children; the fixings for a holiday meal; and now, additional groceries. We worked closely with the Newton Division, who identified the families in need and helped distribute tickets to 550 families. They even provided an incredible escort for Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus –a motorcade (and luxury ride thanks to Mercedes-Benz of Los Angeles) with helicopter overhead!
This was our most successful event with over 2,000 attendees, 1,500 toys distributed and 208 volunteers(twice the amount from past years!).
Thank you to the law firms that sponsored the Holiday Village activities: The Mandell Law Firm; Aidikoff Law; Ellis Law Corporation; Lallande Law; The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus; Wilshire Law Firm; Girardi |Keese; Michael Burgis and Associates; Cohen and Marzban Law Corp.; Scott J. Corwin, PLC; Bianco Arias APC; Mark Bloom/Daniel K. Kramer; Levin & Nalbandyan, LLP; Sailer Law Firm APC; Christopher Aumais/Girardi | Keese; Carrazco Law APC; Feher Law, APC; Pansky Markle; Krystale Rosal/Law Offices of Mauro Fiore, Jr.; Selarz Law Corp.; The Wallace Firm; Michelle West/Robinson Calagnie; New Lawyers of CAALA.
The holiday dinner groceries and market sponsors included: Accident Fighters, APC; Dan Ambrose & Steve King; CasePeer; V. James DeSimone Law; Doctors on Liens; Pat Farber, Atlas Settlement Group; Healthcare Financial Services; Johnson & Johnson; Karns & Karns; The Medina Family; ThruLaw/Mi Abogado; Hon. R. Bruce Minto (Ret.).; The Rager Law Firm; Rockpoint Legal Funding; Sachs Law; Alan Saler Mediation Services; Signature Resolution; Robert A. Skillin; Law Office of Kenneth L. Snyder; Steno; Robert M. Tessier; TorkLaw; Trial by Human; Z Settlement Advisors – Ringler