"Seeds of Hope: Building Brighter Futures Dinner" Raises Funds for Early Childhood Education
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LOS ANGELES, April 19, 2024 ~ Pathways LA, a prominent Resource and Referral Childcare Agency, held its annual fundraising event, "Seeds of Hope: Building Brighter Futures Dinner," on Saturday, April 13. The event, which was attended by a diverse group of individuals including elected officials, community leaders, advocates, and child care providers, aimed to raise funds for early childhood education and family support services.

During the event, Pathways LA recognized the contributions of Walmart Neighborhood Markets by presenting them with the Bea Gold Corporate Award. The retail giant has been a consistent supporter of Pathways LA's programs and has provided local community grants to support the agency's Family Engagement program. Additionally, Pathways LA honored Congressmember Jimmy Gomez with the Bea Gold Compassion Award for his dedication to early childhood education as the Founder Chair of the Congressional Dads Caucus.

Tamika Farr, Chief Executive Officer of Pathways LA, emphasized the impact that investing in children can have on entire communities. She stated that research has shown that providing a strong foundation for children can lead to success and resilience not only for them but also for their families. This ripple effect creates a sense of empowerment and stability within communities.

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The event featured guest speaker Arrian Landaverde, an alumna of West Hollywood Preschool who shared her personal story about how early childhood education influenced her decision to pursue a degree in Environmental Management and Protection from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.

The Fig House in Highland Park served as the venue for "Seeds of Hope." The space was chosen because it aligns with Pathways LA's mission to build a stable community among parents, child care providers, community partners, and policymakers.

The event was made possible by generous sponsors such as Insperity, Walmart Neighborhood Market, Hospitality Collaborative (Silver Stem sponsors), Care Connect, Cushman & Wakefield, Gencare Mexican American Opportunity Foundation Meruelo Media Wells Fargo (Budding Bronze sponsors), and community partners including Child Care Resource Center, Connections for Children, Drew CDC, EPIC, FastSigns, Pepperdine University School of Education Foster Grandparent Program, Options for Learning, and YWCA Glendale Pasadena.

For more information about Pathways LA and their mission to support early childhood education and family services, visit their website at https://pathwaysla.org/.
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