Hundreds of Universal Studios Hollywood’s employee volunteers and a medley of Minions from the theme park’s popular Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride banded together to pay it forward and give back to six LA-based non-profit community organizations as The Entertainment Capital of L.A. marked its 11th annual Day of Giving on Thursday, November 12, 2015.
The inspirational Day of Giving event is Universal Studios Hollywood’s yearly tradition designed to connect employees with diverse community organizations, many of which are beneficiaries of the company’s philanthropic foundation, Discover A Star, whose mission is to empower individuals and families to lead more productive and fulfilling lives.
As part of this year’s special event, Universal Studios Hollywood again served as home base for Operation School Bell, hosting 250 homeless children from over 20 LAUSD elementary and middle schools. After the children were treated to new clothing, sneakers and school supplies, they were accompanied by volunteers for an afternoon of fun at the theme park that includes experiencing the popular Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride, the Super Silly Fun Land play zone, and the world-famous Studio Tour which now features the blockbuster thrill ride, Fast & Furious – Supercharged as the epic grand final of the signature ride.
The day-long event also sent hundreds of employee volunteers around Los Angeles to help support community-building efforts at the following Discover A Star grant recipients: A Place Called Home; which provides educational, art, and wellness programs to underserved youth in South Central Los Angeles.) AIDS Project L.A. (APLA); part of APLA’s Necessities of Life Program, the nation’s largest food pantry for people living with HIV/AIDS Pacific Lodge Boys’ Home; which provides a therapeutic residential treatment program for boys ages 13 to 18 Covenant House L.A.; an organization that provides a safe, nurturing environment for homeless youth Shane’s Inspiration’s whose mission is creating social inclusion for children with disabilities through the vehicle of inclusive playgrounds and programs, and Operation School Bell.
Discover A Star Foundation is Universal Studios Hollywood’s philanthropic division committed to making a significant impact in local underserved communities by providing grants to deserving non-profit organizations. Originally founded in 1993, Discover A Star’s mission is to provide financial assistance to neighboring nonprofit groups. To date, Discover A Star has provided financial assistance to over 65 nonprofit organizations.
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