You are cordially invited to join Children’s Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman and Los Angeles’s finest for the 26th Annual Beat the Odds Awards Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The purpose of the gala is to recognize and commemorate the strength and resilience that our honorees have demonstrated both inside and outside of the classroom. We also want to remind celebrities, public officials and change-makers in Los Angeles about the tremendous need in their communities and to inspire them to take action.
Seating is limited so purchase your tickets today to reserve your place! Tickets start at just $500 - and all proceeds will help support our Beat the Odds scholarship program and enable us to our expand our relentless efforts to lift up the voices of children all across the state. If you can’t attend on the day of the event, we ask that you consider making an In-Spirit Donation to support our honorees and the thousands more from our city who are beating the odds every day.
Our 2016 CDF Beat the Odds honorees are the embodiment of strength, determination, and resilience. Each of these students has faced tremendous hardships on the road to college and survived childhoods marked by homelessness, abuse, abandonment, and loss. Yet, regardless of what life has thrown at them, they all have remained steadfast in their commitment to excellence - both inside and out of the classroom.
Alexandra is determined to succeed and overcome what might have caused many others to give up.
Cierra's life has spun in many directions bringing challenges that have helped shape her character and taught her to never give up.
The lack of a strong father figure has not stopped Jose from pushing forward to do his best to prepare for college.
Florencia is determined to break the perception and confront the stigma that foster youth can't succeed.
Despite a tumultuous childhood, Destiny remains focused on the future and lives everyday believing that "life could be worse."
For further information on purchasing tickets and ways to further support this deserving event, please call 5B Events at 310–559–9334.
For information on the Beat the Odds Scholarship, contact Saira Soto at (213) 355–8793 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For media and press inquiries, contact Cadonna Dory at email@example.com.