Wellness Works Event a Success

Jan Kern

The evening’s honoree, Jan Kern, talks with Los Angeles Unified School District officials about the importance of school health centers.

Friendly faces, live music, delectable wine and food pairings, and amazing art work combined to make our Wellness Works fundraiser a great success.

The night was filled with the soothing sounds Modern Gypsy Quartet and the award-winning voices of the Plaza de la Raza Youth Mariachi Ensemble, who were fresh off a 1st place victory at the 8th annual statewide Battle of the Mariachis.

The celebration and good cheer were all in the name of quality, accessible health care for students and families across California. The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health, ART from the ashes and the California School Health Centers Association partnered to form Wellness Works because of our common interest in creating a school environment that nurtures healthy children and successful students.

The organizations believe that when students feel healthy and supported, they are able to position themselves in their own lives and within the school community as activists, artists, advocates and leaders. This chance to matter, to be an agent of change, has a profound impact on young people’s sense of themselves and their imaginative capacity to hold a positive future.

madoo art

Artist Ceres Madoo (left) describes her two works of art, “Human Capitol 1” and “Human Capitol 2,” which are painted on a student desktop and seat, respectively. (Photo by Vince Gonzales.)

It was fitting that the first Wellness Works fundraiser honored Jan Kern, who has been a steady force in the effort to create and sustain resources for children and adolescents in Los Angeles. By helping nonprofits improve their capacity, Jan has transformed the quality of accessible support services for more than a quarter century.

“We have made great progress in bringing health care to students but we have much work still to do,” Jan said in her address to the crowd.

The evening featured a benefit art exhibition organized by ART from the ashes, which coordinated with more than 32 artists from around Southern California who collected materials from a demolished auto shop building at Hollywood High School.

Incorporating the reclaimed materials from the auto shop – which is also the future home of the new school-based health center – is not only symbolic of how students’ lives can be transformed when they have access to healthcare, but is also a real example of the cathartic power of art to support a community. In ART from the ashes’ spirit of  “Support. Inspire. Create. Renew.” these one of a kind works of art show creativity and re-use as a channel for transformation and positivity. The artists donate 100% of their talent to support this creative philosophy.

silent auction

Silent auction items included a weekend in Mammoth Mountain, signed movie posters, Dodgers tickets, and a spa package.

The event could not have been possible without the support of sponsors, donors, attendees and a cadre of volunteers. Donation now to Wellness Works.

Watch a 3-minute video about the Wellness Works partnership.

View photos from the May 17 event held at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Los Angeles.

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