LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) and Levy Restaurants will host more than 400 pre-selected schoolchildren from the community surrounding Dodger Stadium at their annual Children's Holiday Party tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Lot L and the Stadium Club. Dodger Alumni Al Downing, Al "The Bull" Ferrara, "Sweet" Lou Johnson, Lee Lacy, Matt Luke, Dennis Powell and Derrel Thomas will partake in this year's Children's Holiday Party along with Los Angeles Sparks Guard Candice Wiggins. This event is part of the club's Season of Giving, a community-focused campaign that seeks to improve the lives of children in Los Angeles throughout December. The Dodgers have hosted the Children's Holiday Party for Los Angeles area youngsters for more than 30 years.
"It is a privilege for the Dodgers to welcome the youngsters from our neighborhood annually to enjoy a day of lunch, holiday fun and gifts," said Dodger Executive Vice President Bob Wolfe. "Each season we do our best to provide great entertainment on the field for our fans and during the holiday season it gives us great pleasure to be able to put smiles on the faces of these deserving youngsters."
Participating neighborhood schools include Allesandro Elementary School, Ann Street Elementary School, Castelar Elementary School, Clifford Street School, Dorris Place Elementary School, Elysian Heights Elementary School, Logan Street School, Solano Avenue Elementary School and La Tijera Academy of Excellence Charter School, as well as children of military members from the Fort Irwin National Training Center. In addition, Ritter Elementary School, Dolores Huerta Elementary School, Sunrise Elementary School, Figueroa Street School and Clinton Middle School will attend tomorrow's Children's Holiday Party.
Dodger alumni Downing, Ferrara, Johnson, Lacy, Luke, Powell and Thomas will join the youngsters in playing games, serve lunch and distribute gifts. Special guest Santa Claus will also be on hand for photos and to distribute toys. A Blue Prints photo booth will be part of the event for children to take home holiday-themed photos. The Children's Holiday Party will include snow elements courtesy of Artic Glacier Ice for the children to also enjoy.
Lunch will be provided to each student courtesy of Levy Restaurants and milk will be served courtesy of Driftwood Dairy. The schoolchildren will also receive a new pair of Skechers shoes. Skechers, a Los Angeles-based footwear brand has previously partnered with the Dodgers and LADF on several charitable events at both Dodger Stadium and in the local community. The Dodgers will also distribute toys to each youngster at the conclusion of tomorrow's event courtesy of Mattel Children's Foundation which has donated 500 toys.
Parties interested in making contributions in support of the Season of Giving and LADF programs can visit www.dodgers.com\ladf. Nonprofit organizations who would like to request an in-kind holiday donation from the Dodgers should visit www.dodgers.com\donations.