Kirsten Vangsness of Criminal Minds to MC Downtown Associated Youth Services “Summer In The City” Fundraiser

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Actress Kirsten Vangsness, who plays Penelope Garcia on CBS’s hit show Criminal Minds, will act as special guest MC for the Summer In The City Fundraiser for Downtown Associated Youth Services Saturday June 18, 2011 at the First Congregational Church Of Long Beach.

Summer In The City will be festively themed “A Picnic Dinner at the Beach” with great food, great wine, and great art all to support a great cause. DAYS is celebrating its forty-first year.

Guests will have a chance to purchase photographic artwork created by DAYS campers during their “Storytelling Through Photography” class in partnership with The State Of Art Project (TSOAP).

There will also be an opportunity drawing for AN IPAD2. Guests can purchase a single opportunity drawing ticket for $10.00, five tickets for $20.00. Ticket purchasers need not be present to win.

The Summer In The City “A Picnic Dinner At The Beach” fundraiser is Saturday June 18, 2011 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the First Congregational Church Of Long Beach at 241 Cedar Avenue Long Beach, CA 90802

Summer In The City “A Picnic Dinner At The Beach” tickets may be purchased from the event website. Tickets are available for a table of eight ($285.00) or single tickets ($35.00). Proceeds go to support DAYS six week no-charge summer day camp.Even those who are unable to attend can support DAYS by making a donation to support Summer Day Camp.

Since 1970, Downtown Associated Youth Services has provided a free six-week Summer Day Camp for children and youth in Long Beach. Camp is open from 8:30 am until 2:00 pm Monday through Friday, starting the last week in June until the end of the first week in August. DAYS summer camp provides thematic field trips, art and craft classes, chess classes, computer classes and a nutritional program as well as daily enrichment activities. The annual Summer Day Camp has been a program of concern and care to foster personal growth for children aged 4-17.

About Downtown Associated Youth Services

Downtown Associated Youth Services (DAYS) is an organization dedicated to the children of downtown Long Beach. DAYS’ mission is to provide the low-income children of the area with academic enrichment opportunities and safe, out-of-school activities. From its inception in 1970, the six-week, free summer day camp has operated under the Dorothy Baker Foundation (a 501(c)(3) organization started by the camp’s founder,) and hosted by the First Congregational Church

DAYS is celebrating its second year as a program of a new 501(c)(3), Urban Community Outreach (UCO,) formed specifically to meet the increasing needs of the underserved populations of the greater downtown area.

About Kirsten Vangsness

In the L.A. theater community and as a performance artist, Kirsten Vangsness’ work has garnered her the 15 Minutes of Fem Best Actress Award, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Best Emerging Comic Actress and the coveted Golden Betty Award.

Her theatre credits include numerous West Coast premieres of original plays including “A Mulholland Christmas Carol” (L.A. Weekly Award), “Book of Liz,” “Fan Maroo,” “Perfuct” and “Steaming City.” In the summer of 2007 she starred in the West Coast premiere of Neil LaBute’s “Fat Pig” at the Geffen Playhouse. Vangsness’ short plays have appeared in the Los Angeles Times Magazine as well as in theatres throughout Los Angeles. She is a member of Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood, California.

Her television credits include “Phil of the Future.” She has appeared in the feature film “A-List,” the independent film “Shooting Blanks” and the soon to be released “In My Sleep.” Vangsness lives in Los Angeles.

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