June 01, 2011 10:06 ET

JVS Strictly Business Brings Out Politicians, Showcases Job Solutions

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 1, 2011) - Jewish Vocational Service's (JVS) 14th Annual Strictly Business L.A. Luncheon on May 19th raised more than $326,000 to support vital job services in the greater Los Angeles area. The annual event brought together 650 business and political leaders to highlight JVS' critical work in helping Angelenos find jobs, including more than 300 new attendees.

California Secretary of Labor Marty Morgenstern was the keynote speaker and emphasized the need for job services, such as the ones JVS provides to help improve the economy. He also stressed that "good wages demand good skills and that good skills demand good training."

Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz, and L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel were on hand to present the annual Inspiration Awards to three JVS clients who had overcome substantial barriers to find success in the workplace. The 2011 recipients were: Ricardo Amaya, who did not allow his disabilities to slow him down in finding productive employment; Elizabeth Medina, who participated in JVS' Summer Employment program for low income, at-risk youth; and Steven Walker, a U.S. Army veteran who retrained and launched a new career with the help of JVS' Veteran's First program.

In addition, the event honored Larry Miller of Sit 'n Sleep with the Corporate Leadership Award and Carl Terzian with the Corporate Partnership Award. JVS, a non-profit, non-sectarian organization is celebrating 80 years of helping people overcome obstacles to achieve self-sufficiency and jobs.

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