We’re very grateful to all the wonderful supporters who make it possible for Create Now to bring our arts programs to the most vulnerable kids in the community.
Elan Shukartsi has been personally contributing to our charity, and also through the Moe Life Foundation. In 2012, they built Create Now’s recording studio. Thanks to their help, the neediest kids are able to sing karaoke and their original songs, record guitar, drumming and keyboard music at the culminations of their workshops, learn recording and production techniques, and edit their videos.
Elan initiated a program that is close to his heart. He wanted to make a lasting impact on young adults who are at high-risk of homelessness by launching a new Culinary Arts program. We jumped at the chance and have produced three of these workshops, along with support from his uncle Les Joseph. The next class will launch in late January at the TAY Hotspot in Carson. In addition, Elan has been the Hero Sponsor for our annual Power of the Arts Festival for the last two years.
Elan said, “Create Now’s team is tirelessly dedicated towards improving the lives of so many forgotten youth, which is remarkable and truly inspirational. Supporting Create Now has shown me how far and wide a contribution can go. They have allowed me to participate in the process of growing existing programs and creating new ones. I will always cherish my relationship with Create Now and look forward to our continued relationship.”
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Vidal Herrera grew up in the foster system starting at 5 years-old. He began working at age 12 and hasn’t stopped since then, toiling at a myriad of jobs. He was employed by LAC+USC Medical Center, and trained by the Chief Medical Examiner Coroner. During 40 years, Vidal was faced with many challenges, and yet he developed an excellent reputation in the “Death Care” industry. His company, 1-800-AUTOPSY, also rents morgue props and equipment to the entertainment industry, and Vidal sells posters that he designs.
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Growing up without a father is challenging for most kids. Gary Drake was no exception. He spent many years going in and out of juvenile detention centers for petty theft and vandalism. While at two different foster group homes, Gary was taught basic construction skills. He worked hard, attended contractor’s school and developed a positive reputation. Now his company, Drake Construction, remodels homes for celebrities, and the rich and famous.
Thank you to all of our donors:
Superstar ($50,000 and above)
Audiomachine | Camino Nuevo Charter Academy | Dwight Stuart Youth Fund | Moe Life Foundation | Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation and California Community Foundation
Champion ($25,000 and above)
The Johnny Carson Foundation | LAUSD Arts Education Branch | Leslie Joseph | Elan Shukartsi and Youth Policy Institute
Luminary ($15,000 and above)
City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs | Leslie Joseph | Callie D. McGrath Foundation | Dan Murphy Foundation | The Negri Foundation | Ralph Parsons Foundation | Robert A. Stranahan, Jr. Charitable Advised Fund | Sanford Anderson Charitable Foundation | Supervisor Hilda Solis
Hero ($10,000 and above)
Baby2Baby | Canet Foundation | eBay with Mariel Haenn and Rob Zanbardi | Happy Place | In-N-Out Burger Foundation | Los Angeles Philharmonic Association | Max Group Sales | Mockingbird Foundation | Muskin Family Foundation
Dreammaker ($5,000 and above)
California Arts Council | Greenspan Foundation | Vidal Herrera | iPalpiti Artists International | Los Angeles County Arts Commission | Callie D. McGrath Foundation | Daniel Ohgi | Rocker’s Collective | Gary Secor | St. Francis Center | Sanford Anderson Charitable Foundation | US Bank
Visionary ($3,000 and above)
Cirque du Soleil | The Irene Finkelstein Foundation | Jillina Kristina Carlano | Lauren DeVillier | Russell Hadaya | Muskin Family Foundation | Lucille Ellis Simon Foundation | Jake Winett
Advocate ($1,000 and above)
Big Sunday | Chelsea Armstrong | Drake Construction & Development, Inc. | ENO Brands, Inc. | Stephanie Mazepa | Merge | Sony Pictures Entertainment | Marq Spusta | Jake Winett