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Over 4,500 Residents enjoy Fourth Annual Winter Wonderland South L.A.
By Sentinel News Service
Published December 20, 2018

Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson hands a gift to one of the over 4,000 South L.A. families from South Los Angeles.

Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson and wife Karrie pose with Mr. and Mrs. Black Santa of the Black Santa Company

On December 15th, over 4,500 residents enjoyed Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson’s fourth annual Winter Wonderland event, once again doubling the turnout from the previous year. In partnership with the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, the event provided free toys, music, refreshments, and snow for residents across South Los Angeles.

“This year’s Winter Wonderland was one of the biggest events I’ve attended in South L.A.,” said Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson. “I am so grateful that we can create a safe space where families can come together, truly enjoy the holidays, and get to know their neighbors.”

Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson and community volunteers help thousands of kids from South Los Angeles enjoy the snow slide

Thanks to the generous donations of Sheltering Partners, Disney, and Mega Toys, Winter Wonderland provided toys and gifts to thousands of residents. The event also provided a 5-lane snow slide and a 30×30 snow play area for kids to enjoy.

A new addition to the event was the organization, Camp Spin-Off, an overnight summer camp where teens can learn the fundamentals of DJing. The organization provided an onsite DJ demonstration and music-based art projects for families. Councilmember Harris-Dawson also announced that he would provide scholarships to teenagers in his district to attend the camp for the third year in a row.

Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson presents a certificate to the family of Langston Patterson, the former Black Santa at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza who passed away early this year

KJLH radio personality, Tami Mack served as the MC for the event, bringing a high level of excitement and several giveaways donated by the radio station.


Music guests included The Elements, KiKi Kyte, Olivia and AWDIV (All We Do Is Vibe), and The McCrarys Youth Choir.

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