2011 Recipients

$50,200 in donations

$5000 to support the Aquarium’s Distance Learning Program; namely Bio 190: Intro to Marine Life offered by the Cal State Dominguez Hills Young Scholar Program. Through this course, students will be introduced to organisms and habitats found in the Pacific Ocean. High school juniors, seniors, and community college students with at least a B average have an opportunity to earn 3 units of college credit. This distance learning course, taught by staff from the Aquarium of the Pacific, is offered live, on-line and through cable TV.

This $1500 grant is to sponsor three deserving youth for a year’s membership at the Boys and Girls Club of the Los Angeles Harbor.

This $2000 grant will provide year round opportunities for children faced with the challenge of growing up and living with heart disease, including a residential summer camps for children ages 7-17 on Catalina Island, Malibu and Mammoth.

This $2000 donation will provide scholarships for CA children who have experienced a significant loss to grieve and heal together in a fun and safe place as they attend camps for grieving children.

This $1500 grant is to assist this organization to fulfill their mission to keep kids on horses and off the streets by providing inner-city youth with year round after school alternatives to the lure of gang and drug lifestyles.

This $5000 grant will support research to cure or control cystic fibrosis.

This $2500 grant is to support children’s services offered by Harbor Interfaith Services, Inc. Specifically, the funds are directed to support and/or enrich the HIS Kids Club After School Program and the Mary L. Gimenez Caulder Child Care Center.

This $1500 gift will provide ongoing support for a 27 year old young man who is a quadriplegic as a result of a car accident and his monkey helper, Kasey.

This $5000 grant will assist the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House to provide low-cost temporary housing for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at Miller Children’s Hospital and other nearby medical facilities. This house will have 25 bedrooms with private bathrooms, communal living and dining rooms, a kitchen, and laundry facilities. Children can play in a designated playroom and game facility. This gift is made in memory of Sean and in honor of his parents Nancy and Doug Davis.

This $1000 donation to Walk Like MADD will support educational efforts regarding the dangers of drinking and driving and serve the victims of this violent crime.

This $5000 grant will fund two $1000 college scholarships for high school graduates and 4 continuing scholarships for college students, all of whom have demonstrated academic success and great financial need.

This $1500 donation will support the Art Center’s Special Mornings, a community outreach sequential art program for differently-abled youth, that is available to special education classes throughout Los Angeles County.

$2000 to support scholarships for the summer camp, Camp Escapades, which serves children with disabilities including Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism and other developmental delays. Camper’s siblings are also welcome to attend which makes for a wonderful family experience. The campers at Camp Escapades enjoy sports, music and dance classes, arts and crafts, and special events like petting zoo, carnival day and waterslide Wednesdays. Each young camper is escorted throughout the day by a camp “buddy”. This unique one-to-one ratio is made possible by the hundreds of area youth who volunteer their summer days to spend with the campers.

Five more “Whitney’s Wagons” were presented to the Leaps and Bounds Program, an early intervention program for children ages 18 months to three years, which is offered at Pediatric Therapy Network. This was Whitney’s favorite volunteer activity. The wagons prove therapeutic for children learning to walk.

This $1700 grant will help to build a brighter future for the children at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles by supporting clinical and research advances in neurodevelopment pediatrics.

This $2000 donation will support equally the Pet Therapy Program and the continuing needs of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

This $2000 grant will provide scholarships for children with autism so that they can experience free surf camps.

This $1500 donation is to support remodeling efforts for the playground at this school, dedicated to serving the social, educational and emotional needs of bright, complex children and youth with histories of poor performance and adjustment in mainstream school settings.

This $1500 grant is to provide Spanish translations of The Jester book so that Spanish speaking children with life-threatening illnesses can enjoy this heartwarming story and find their smile too.

This $2500 grant will assist with scholarships for economically disadvantaged children from the greater Los Angeles area so that they can experience a private -school education . Donations fund tuition, supplies, tutoring and mentoring support with the goal of promoting educational achievement in an optimal school environment.

This $3000 grant will enhance the quality of life for children with cancer by providing them with positive group experiences so that they can do what kids are supposed to do –have fun and celebrate life.

This $1500 donation is to promote the Operation Teddy Bear Program which provides backpacks full of supplies to disadvantaged first graders in southwest LA County.

This $1500 grant will assist with mentoring support programs and special events for children of parents and siblings with cancer.