SOURCE: Weingart Center Association

Weingart Center Association

September 25, 2009 18:11 ET

Weingart Center Launches $750,000 Annual Fund Campaign in Honor of 25th Anniversary

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - September 25, 2009) - The Weingart Center Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that serves homeless men and women in Los Angeles, officially launched a $750,000 annual fund campaign, A Tribute to Transformation, to coincide with the agency's 25th anniversary.

All funds raised by the Tribute to Transformation campaign will support the Weingart Center's programs and services that empower and transform the lives of homeless individuals, including transitional residential housing, medical and mental health treatment, substance abuse recovery, education and workforce development, and long term case management. The annual fund campaign will also encourage community support for the Weingart Center through the promotion of its cause -- breaking the cycle of homelessness.

The Tribute to Transformation campaign comes at a time of great need. Challenging economic times are changing the face of homelessness, causing professionals with college educations and long-standing careers to find themselves homeless, and forcing the men, women and families who already live near or below the poverty level to live in their cars or on the streets.

"We are very fortunate to receive public funding, but we must substantially subsidize it with funding from private sources to provide the diversified services desperately needed by individuals who find themselves homeless, often due to circumstances beyond their control such as layoffs and a traumatic upbringing," says Gregory C. Scott, President and CEO of the Weingart Center Association. "Seeing people overcome unemployment, homelessness, addiction, trauma, incarceration and hopelessness is the reason why we call on generous investors, donors and volunteers to give. We know we are making a difference in our community and we can make an even greater impact with a successful annual fund campaign."

The Weingart Center Board of Directors is taking an active role in designing, implementing and executing the Tribute to Transformation annual fund campaign. Elizabeth Alexander, President of Nick Alexander Imports, one of Southern California's oldest, privately owned BMW & MINI dealers, was appointed Chair of the campaign with Barbara Allen-Watkins, Senior Vice President of City National Bank Entertainment Division/Treasury Management, as co-chair.

"I am excited to be leading an annual fund campaign for an organization that improves one of Los Angeles' gravest issues, homelessness," says Elizabeth Alexander, President Nick Alexander Imports. "The Weingart Center helps homeless people not only stabilize, but completely transform, their lives; it takes a lot of resources and services to do so. It is my hope that through this annual fund campaign, we will raise enough funds to maintain the Weingart Center's programs and services."

The Weingart Center Board of Directors will cultivate and solicit major donor prospects, and oversee special events such as the Tribute to Transformation event at Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE on November 15, which will celebrate the Weingart Center's 25th anniversary and will be supported by AEG as part of their Season of Hope campaign; the Remake My Life reality show; and the Weingart Partners, a volunteer group of the Weingart Center. Other events include the Weingart Center Golf Classic at Sherwood Country Club on May 3, 2010, and numerous smaller gatherings designed to expand the visibility of and solicit support for the Weingart Center.

The goal of the Tribute to Transformation campaign is to raise $500,000 by the end of 2009 and a total of $750,000 by the end of the organization's fiscal year, April 30, 2010.

About the Weingart Center Association

The Weingart Center Association is a multi-service agency that transforms the lives of homeless men and women, helping them break the cycle of homelessness by providing on-site services that include: transitional housing; case management; substance abuse recovery; medical and mental health treatment; education; workforce development; permanent supportive housing; and family services. The Weingart Center has tailored programs for veterans, people on parole, women and HIV+ individuals. The Weingart Center is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. www.weingart.org

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Tammy Metzger
    Director, Marketing & Communications
    Weingart Center Association
    Phone: 213-689-2223
    E-Mail: Email Contact