2010 Los Angeles Walk Press Release
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, November 14, 2010 – Today over 4,000 participated in the Los Angeles Partnership Walk to demonstrate their support for ending global poverty at the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California. The Walk raised approximately $500,000.
Carl Pope, chairman of the Sierra Club, gave the keynote address and toured the interactive exhibits on site that showcase innovative solutions for reducing poverty in Africa and Asia. He praised the work of AKF USA by saying “I don’t think there is a finer organization in terms of helping the underprivileged and making sure that the people they help are able to sustain the ability to continue on in their villages and towns and become self-sufficient.” Matt Dababneh, District Director for Congressman Brad Sherman, praised the efforts of AKF USA and presented a flag that had been flown on the Capitol Building in honor of the Foundation. Other distinguished guests at the event included: Bobby Shriver, mayor of Santa Monica; Bernard C. Parks, Los Angeles District 8 council member; Timothy Jackman, Santa Monica chief of police; actor Eric Roberts; the cast of NBC’s new hit comedy Outsourced and the Laker Girls. The lively entertainment program celebrating the diversity of world cultures was hosted by media celebrities - Subha Ravindhran, reporter/anchor, ABC 7; Jessica Holmes, anchor, KTLA Morning News at 9 and Shirley Jahad, reporter/host, 89.3 KPCC.