The 11th Back-to-School Event
There are many groups, businesses and individuals who are diehard supporters of this event. Mothers In Action applaud Community Financial Service Providers and L.A. Sports Arena for their generosity.
By Yussuf J. Simmonds
Sentinel Assistant Managing Editor
When Mothers In Action held its first Back-to-School event 11 years ago, no one could have envisioned that it would have become an eagerly awaited annual event attracting tens of thousands of children along with their parents. But it has. The most recent event took place at the Sports Arena at Exposition Park and it lived up to its expectations. In addition to Mothers In Action, Brotherhood Crusade, along with Brenda Marsh Mitchell, President and Co-Founder of Mothers in Action and Charisse Bremond, President and CEO of the Brotherhood Crusade, co-hosted the event.
Billed as ‘The Health and Family Festival, the children were treated to a myriad of free services which included health screenings, school supplies, school uniforms and haircuts. The event served as a launching pad to prepare the school children for the beginning of the regular school year after the long, hot summer. They also received cotton candy, popcorn and hot-dogs.
“I was pleased with the generosity of the sponsors, vendors, volunteers and especially the elected officials who not only assisted with the event,” Marsh-Mitchell said, “But also took time away from their busy schedule to visit the event and speak with the children and their parents.”
The elected officials included State Senator Curren Price, Assemblyman Isadore Hall, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, L.A. City Council-members Bernard Parks, Jan Perry and Herb Wesson.
In addition, some of the sponsors were so impressed with the event, they have already recommitted for next year’s Back-to-School. They are Community Financial Service Providers, Don Cornelius Productions, Judge Mablean Ephriam Foundation, L.A. Sports Arena, One in Christ Bible Church, and Wal-Mart.
The other sponsors were the Brotherhood Crusade, Care 1st, Children Dental Center, Drug Free Marshall, H. Claude Hudson Medical Center, Havin Fun Parties, Healthy Dogs, Hubert Humphrey Medical Center, L.A. County DPSS Toy Loan, L.A. County Public Health Investigations, L.A. County Public Health South Central, Los Angeles Cotillion, Los Angeles Sentinel, MLK Harbor Hospital, Mother In Action, Office Depot Foundation (JKG Group), One Legacy, Pava, Sigma Gamma Rho, Verizon, and Weingart Foundation.
The success of the event resulted from a combination of the donations of the sponsors, the tireless work of the volunteers and the event co-coordinators, and the participation of the children and their parents.
Actor Brian White gave the children a pep talk about the importance of education while the DJ belted out some oldies but goodies punctuated by some gospel songs from Rev. Joseph Hamilton’s One in Christ Church choir.
As co-hosts, Mother In Action and the Brotherhood Crusade were satisfied with the outcome and look forward to another festival next year.