Variety Boys & Girls Club Annual Scholarship Gala Preview

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This year’s award recipients include John Paul Dejoria and Enrique Arevalo. John Paul Dejoria will receive the VBGC Hall of Fame Award. He is the co-founder of both Paul Mitchell Systems and The Patron Spirits Company. He has received numerous honors for philanthropy and green business practices, including a generous donation to help renovate the Variety Boys & Girls Club’s 65-year-old building. Enrique Arevalo will receive the VBGC Alumnus Award. He is an immigration attorney, who has been in practice for more than 30 years. Mr. Arevalo was one of the first club members to receive a VBGC Scholarship, when the Scholarship program was founded in 1972.

There are 14 scholarship recipients from the Boyle Heights community, who will be honored at this year’s gala. Scholarships ranging from $500 to $15,000 are given annually to help members finance their college or vocational education. This year’s recipients will attend Georgetown, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, UC Davis, Mount St. Mary’s, Cal State LA, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Fullerton, and Cal State Channel Islands. Past recipients have attended Harvard, Princeton, Yale, MIT and USC, to name a few.

Applicants must have participated at the Variety Boys & Girls Club as a member or volunteer for a minimum of two years. Recipients are awarded based on financial need, club participation and academic excellence. All new applicants were interviewed by members of the Variety College Scholarship committee.

The VBGC scholarships are made possible thanks to the generosity of Variety—The Children’s Charity of Southern California—Tent 25, the NAC/Al Lapidus Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Jerome Foundation/Baker Inc., the James H. Hayes Trust Fund and other donors. The Variety Boys & Girls Club has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to more than 600 college bound youngsters since 1972.

The gala will start at 6:00 p.m. with cocktails, a mariachi band and a silent auction. Dinner and awards will follow at 7:00 p.m. Individual tickets start at $200. Young alumni (ages 18-30) who are students or recent grads can purchase tickets for $100. To RSVP, e-mail or call (323) 684-1410.

Located in Boyle Heights, the Variety Boys & Girls Club (VBGC) is a 501 (c) organization that has a 65-year tradition of providing worthwhile and meaningful activities and programs to the children and youth of the community. It was founded in 1949 and located in the former Cincinnati Street Shul, a Conservative Jewish synagogue. The Club’s 85-year-old-building received a $10 million dollar renovation thanks to donations raised from corporate and foundation gifts as well as private donations. The new facility reopened in 2011 with a floor space of 28,000 square feet that houses a cafeteria, library, game room and gym. Prior to its reconstruction, the VBGC provided services to 150 children, but can now assist up to 300. Members have access to all the facilities and to programs geared at helping them with social interaction, teamwork, and community building.

There are no geographical limitations to the Variety Boys & Girls Club memberships, although most members come from the areas surrounding the Club. Memberships to the VBGC for children and youth ages 7 through 17 are low-cost. For more information, click HERE.

The Variety Boys & Girls Club was founded as the Variety Boys Club by the Variety Club-Tent 25, the Southern California chapter of Variety- The Children’s Charity. The Variety Boys Club was their first charity and continues to receive financial support from the organization. The Variety Boys Club became the Variety Boys & Girls Club in 1973.

Variety- The Children’s Charity is an international organization of people in the entertainment business whose goal is to help underprivileged children. Variety was established in 1928 by eleven vaudeville showmen as a charity to help children in need. The organization has 43 Tents (or chapters) in 13 countries, raising over $1.7 billion to assist in the treatment and care of children with special needs. Formed in 1941, Tent 25 is the Southern California chapter of Variety. It has raised over $60 million towards improving the lives of children in Southern California. For more information, click HERE.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

2nd Annual Variety Boys & Girls Club Scholarship Gala
Millenium Biltmore Hotel
506 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071
To RSVP: or (323) 684-1410

Variety Boys & Girls Club
2530 Cincinnati Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 269-3268
(323) 269-3177 FAX

Variety – The Children’s Charity – Southern California
4601 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 260
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(323) 655-1547
(323) 658-8789 FAX

If you have questions, please feel free to call Gayle Anderson at 323-460-5732 or e-mail Gayle at

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