Be The Movement at Inaugural Gala to Benefit Long Beach Freedom School

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success in challenges gala event fundraiserA slew of notable movers and shakers in the Long Beach Community are expected to partake in an evening of charity benefiting the Long Beach Freedom School.  The inaugural soiree, Be the Movement, produced by Success in Challenges, Inc., will take place at the Grand Event Center, located at 4101 Willow Street, Long Beach, CA 90815 at 5:30pm, on Wednesday, June 29, 2011.

With Dr. Deborah Freund (President of Claremont Graduate University) as the Guest Speaker and Leo Stallworth (of ABC7 Eyewitness News) as the Emcee, this exciting event will recognize various “Host Partners” such as Antioch Church of Long Beach, Doris Topsy-Elvord Academy, Long Beach Bible College, and the Long Beach Unified School District; organizations who have not only greatly served the Long Beach community, but have largely contributed to the past success of the Long Beach Freedom School. The event will also feature some of the art achievements of Long Beach local youth in an exclusive, special silent auction “Art Gallery.”

Long Beach Freedom School is a six-week enrichment program that is part of the national Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School’s Program.  This program targets inner-city youth between the ages of six and fourteen who come from low and moderate-income homes and is specifically designed to enhance the youth’s interest in reading, develop positive attitudes toward learning, cultivate self-esteem and overall connect the needs of their families to local resources.  The core belief of this instructional model is that all children are capable of achieving.

“The support of our children represents the investment of the future of our city”, says Rev. O. Leon Wood, Jr., Founder and President of Success in Challenges, Inc.

This year marks Success in Challenges, Inc’s 10th Anniversary serving Long Beach.  As a 501 c3 non-profit grassroots social service, the organization boasts on its mission to support community youth and adults, more specifically specializing in reaching today’s youth through programs such as the Long Beach Freedom School and Youth ‘N’ Art.   It is hopeful that the contributions and immense support of local politicians and business leaders attending the inaugural “Be the Movement” event will make an even bigger impact in Long Beach and the Freedom School legacy.

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