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Manhattan Beach Honors PS I Love You Foundation’s ‘Adopt A Child For One Day’ With Proclamation

Ceremonial Presentation Celebrates P.S. I Love You Foundation’s Outreach Event Which Unites 450 Volunteers Together With LA Area At-Risk Kids In Manhattan Beach On Saturday, July 26

 
PRLog - July 17, 2014 - MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. -- The City of Manhattan Beach honored P.S. I Love You Foundation’s July 26th annual Day At The Beach, ‘Adopt a Child for One Day’ event with a proclamation presented by Mayor Howorth at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 15th. P.S. I Love You Foundation (http://www.psiloveyoufoundation.org/) (PSILYF) is a non-profit organization devoted to empowering at-risk youth by providing mentor and enrichment programs. Since the inception of the PSILYF, the organization has reached over 6000 children through enrichment programs, one-on-one mentoring and community outreach events. This year’s 14th Annual ‘Adopt a Child for One Day,’ outreach event is held from 9am to 3pm on Saturday, July 26th, on Manhattan Beach between 6th and 8th Street, just a few blocks south of the Manhattan Beach Pier. This inspiring and fun filled day unites over 450 volunteers with LA area at-risk kids (ages 5-12), some of whom have never been to the beach.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from Mayor Howorth and the City of Manhattan Beach,” said Patricia Jones, Founder of PISLYF. “Over the last 14 years, we have also been honored to reach thousands of children through one-on-one mentoring with our ‘Day At The Beach’ event which not only impacts the children, but also the staff and volunteer mentors. A day at the beach with someone who cares is something many of us take for granted; but, sadly, for many of these kids, it may be a rare or even first experience, but one that, we hope, will have an impact that lasts a lifetime.”

More than one quarter (28.5%) of California’s poor children live in Los Angeles County[1] and almost a quarter of the children living in Los Angeles are at-risk or living below the poverty level.[2]  The ‘Day At The Beach’ event is just one of the many services the foundation provides to help these children. The organization also works with shelters, family service organizations and Title 1 schools to identify at-risk youth and create positive activities that will empower, inspire, educate and influence the course of their lives.

Children attending the event come from throughout Los Angeles County, including Compton, Watts, Carson and Hawthorne. Volunteers are from all over Los Angeles, from the Valley to Orange County, and many are South Bay locals. Activities will include: playing and swimming in the ocean, relay races, games, hula hooping, surf lessons, face painting and coconut tossing. Pizza, ice cream and healthy snacks, as well as juice and water, will be provided throughout the day. Each child will leave with a boogie board, kite, beach towel and various toys.

Sponsors

United Airlines

Michael Stars

CDC Small Business

Guzman Law Group

Skechers

American Drilling Company

Wells Fargo

In-Kind Contributors of Goods and Services

Corazonas

GROW The Produce Shop

Kole Imports

Lormiar

Makai

Mattel

mWEBB Communications

Pisanos Pizza HB

Round Table Pizza, Hermosa Beach

Simmzy’s

Surf Bus Foundation

West Water Basin

For more information about the P.S. I Love You Foundation, and to volunteer and get involved with ‘Day at the Beach,’ please visit www.psiloveyoufoundation.org.

‘Day At The Beach’ offers multiple sponsor opportunities, for more info, contact:

Wendy Conley at Wendy@psiloveyoufoundation.org.

About P.S. I Love You Foundation

P.S. I Love You Foundation was established in 1998 with the vision to empower and inspire at-risk youth in Los Angeles. The Foundation mission aims to develop strong emotional, physical and social well-being skills early in children’s lives in order to reduce and possibly prevent these children from turning to drugs, violence or gangs. P.S. I Love You Foundation currently reaches over 700 at-risk youth a year through during-school enrichment and mentor programs as well as community events such as “Day At The Beach” that unites in over 250 community volunteers with at-risk

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Elizabeth Johnson, (213) 713-4865 (tel:%28213%29%20713-4865), Elizabeth@mwebbcom.com

Melanie Webber, (949) 307-1723 (tel:%28949%29%20307-1723), Melanie@mwebbcom.com

[1] From Catholic Charities http://kids-alliance.org/facts-stats/

[2] According to Evelyn Blumenberg, a Professor at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

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Source:PS I Love You Foundation
Location:Manhattan Beach - California - United States
Industry:Family, Non-profit
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Last Updated:Jul 18, 2014
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