Ferrari Hosts Charitable Event, Benefitting Disadvantaged Youth in Los Angeles: April 2009
Date: April 6, 2009
Ferrari Hosts Charitable Event,
Benefitting Disadvantaged Youth in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES – Renowned luxury car maker, Ferrari hosted a charitable fete at its Beverly Hills showroom this past Friday, April 3rd. The beneficiary of the event was After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles; a non-profit organization, whose programs help disadvantaged students in inner-city Los Angeles communities.
Founded by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2002, After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles (ASAS-LA) a leading after-school program provider whose programs educate, enlighten and inspire thousands of middle and high school students each day. Activities are centered around health, fitness and nutrition; the visual and performing arts; and youth leadership and community service learning.
The 250 esteemed guests in attendance at the Beverly Hills fundraising event enjoyed a modern dance performance by 12 After-School All-Star students. Prior to the performance, Miguel, an 8th grade student at LA’s Bell Gardens Intermediate spoke to the crowd about his love for the All-Star programs and how the organization has made a difference in his life.
A silent auction offering luxury items from high-end donors was held for the After-School All-Stars, 100% of the proceeds went directly towards the organization.
Early the next morning, 12 students from ASAS-LA’s model car making program came to the Ferrari Beverly Hills showroom to display the model-scale Ferraris that they made in their All-Star class.
Ferrari of Beverly Hills’ President Giacomo Mattioli commended the students for their accomplishments in the program, and presented each All-Star with a Ferrari hat, which they promptly put on their heads. Speed TV producers, host and film-crew were on-location, filming the day’s events.
Later, the students enjoyed riding in real Ferraris, as a convoy of five of the luxury cars made their way to the Hollywood Hills home of All-Star donor and luxury car aficionado, Mr. Jack Corwin. Speed TV filmed the caravan of Ferraris, including 430 Scuderia, 599 GTB Fiorano and 612 Scaglietti making their way up the winding roads of LA’s famous Mulholland Drive.
When the students arrived at the donor’s private home, a check presentation of $5,000 was made to the charitable organization.
Students enjoyed looking at Corwin’s personal collection of Ferraris, and were amazed by the expanse of his home. “With hard work and focus on study, you can buy a beautiful home and many Ferraris, just like this. And you also can do many good things for your family and the community,” said Sabrina Kay, ASAS-LA’s Chairman of the Board, who accompanied the children.
The All-Stars enjoyed presenting each model car to Corwin, who commended each students’ personal efforts in making his or her model car.
Leo Galardo, ASAS-LA’s Director of Arts, who oversees the model car program, told the individuals in attendance: “With the students’ hard work in learning about the vehicles, then taking that knowledge in making the model cars…coming here to see the real thing, and riding in the vehicles is the ultimate experience.”
The segment will air on Speed TV’s “SuperCars Exposed” show in May.
About After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles:
After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles brings innovative, cutting-edge enrichment programs to middle and high school youth that contribute to reducing drug use, crime and violence; while increasing the safety of students in the after school hours. The organization serves 10,000 students located in at-risk areas throughout LA County.
The organization is part of the national After-School All-Stars, which provides after-school programs in 13 cities, serving over 70,000 students.