City Year Los Angeles Spring Break 2014

Ferny Obeso_Usher_Credit Elliot Haney
Spring Highlight:

Jason Bateman, Clare Holt, Shemar Moore, Julie Bowen Take a City Year Spring Break


Tailor made for teens and tweens, City Year Los Angeles “Spring Break: Destination Education” offered video games, bountiful buffets, a chance to star in vine videos, audition for E!, toss footballs and engage in any number of activities in a festive carnival setting.

As if that weren’t enough, the Apr. 19 event at Sony Studios in Culver City also featured Aloe Blacc in concert and celebrities everywhere – and celebrities, who – as event co-chair Stacey Snider put it – spoke to the the demographic of the teen and tween guests. 

To read more about this party, check out my story in the “All the Rage” section of the online edition of the Los Angeles Times.  To see more pictures, just scroll down.  

So Many Stars…

Actually the celebrities spoke to my demographic and a lot of other demographics as well, as party hosts included Jason Bateman of “Bad Words,” Julie Bowen of “Modern Family,” Aaron Paul of “Breaking Bad,” Jenna Elfman of “Dharma & Greg,” Octavia Spencer “The Help,” and many more of today’s most popular stars. I particularly loved seeing Shemar Moore of “Criminal Minds,” as we’d met at a promotional event during his years at “The Young and the Restless,” which we both remembered very well – in my case, because of the size and enthusiasm of the crowd of female fans who gathered to meet him. 

City Year Los Angeles "Spring Break" Fundraiser

A Few Words About City Year Corps Members…   

The admirable City Year corps members spend a year of their lives in L.A.’s most underserved schools, acting as tutors, mentors and role models for students who might otherwise become drop-outs.

“It makes such a difference to these (at-risk) kids to know someone cares,” said Julie Bowen. “These corps members are there for them. They’re standing at the top of the school stairs and telling them, ‘You made it here. Now do you need help with your homework?’”


More Stars … 

Corps members lined the entry, cheering as the guests arrived. Jason Bateman of “Bad Words” brought his children; Timothy Olyphant of “Justified” brought his teenage daughter; and Minnie Driver brought her young son.

City Year Los Angeles "Spring Break" Fundraiser
More guests were the recording star Usher, Taylor Kinney of “Chicago Fire,” Katie Lowes of “Scandal,” Chord Overstreet of “Glee,” Claire Holt of “The Originals,” singer/songwriter Christina Grimmie, Danny Pudi of “Community,” Jaimie Alexander of “Thor: The Dark World,” Jake T. Austin of “Wizards of Waverly Place,” KaDee Strickland of “American Gangster,” Diego Boneta of “Rock of Ages,” Betsy Brandt of “Breaking Bad,” and Sean Hayes of “Will & Grace.”

Yet others were Nolan Gould of “Modern Family,” Jason Behr of “Roswell,” Hill Harper of “CSI: New York,” Jean-Luc Bilodeau of “Baby Daddy,” Teddy Sears of “Masters of Sex,” Max Schneider of “Veronica Mars,” Colin Egglesfield of “The Client List,” Angela Kinsey of “The Office,” Jake Busey of “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” Isabelle Fuhrman of “Orphan,” Sarah Chalke of “Scrubs,” Greer Grammer of “Awkward,” Avan Jogia of “Twisted” and Benjamin Stockham of “Quarantine.”  

The committee…

As for the committee, event co-chairs were Stacey Snider, co-chair and chief executive of DreamWorks; Ellen and Andrew Hauptman, co-chairs of Andell Holdings; Rich Battista, chief executive of Mandalay Sports Media; Robert Greenblatt, chair of NBC Entertainment; Michael Lewis, chief executive of RealD; Hannah Minghella, president of production at Columbia Pictures; David Shaheen, managing director of J.P. Morgan’s Entertainment Industries Group; and City Year Los Angeles board member Laura Fox.”

City Year Los Angeles "Spring Break" Fundraiser

Top Photo: Corps member Ferny Obeso with Usher City Year Los Angeles Spring Break 2014 (photo, Elliot Haney/ courtesy of City Year Los Angeles)  

Second photo: DreamWorks CEO Stacey Snider, an event co-chair, with Octavia Spencer of “The Help” at City Year Los Angeles Spring Break 2014 (photo, Alberto E. Rodriguez/ Getty Images for City Year Los Angeles)

Third photo: Clare Holt, foreground, and event co-chair Bob Greenblatt pass cheering corps members at City Year Los Angeles Spring Break 2014 (photo, Getty Images for City Year Los Angeles)

Fourth photo: Julie Bowen of “Modern Family” shows her support at City Year Los Angeles Spring Break 2014 by slipping into a corps member jacket (Photo by Michael Bezjian/Getty Images for City Year Los Angeles)

Fifth photo: Celebrity host Shemar Moore of “Criminal Minds” and the author, Ellen Olivier, at City Year Los Angeles Spring Break 2014 



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Published May 18, 2014 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA