Wednesday, November 25, 2009

ESPN lunch event helps raise funds for future homeless shelter computer lab

A special raffle at yesterday's 710 ESPN 'Lunch with a Legend' with filmmaker Spike Lee at Morton's the Steakhouse in Los Angeles helped raise more than $1,100 to build a computer lab at the Council's Cardinal Manning Center in Skid Row.

The future lab will not only benefit the residents at the downtown shelter, but also the homeless on the streets.

"Our goal is to help as many families and individuals to become self-sufficient. And in this day-and-age, learning basic computer skills and having access to a computer can make all the difference," said Joan Sotiros, director of the Society's shelter program, which also includes the upcoming West Ventura County Winter Shelter.

Keeping with the theme of Lee's New York roots, the raffle items included the following:

* A Denzel Washington photo collage and autographed World Champion Los Angeles
Lakers autographed photo;
* New York native and former Laker Kareem Abdul Jabbar framed autographed photo with
a signed Larry Bird card included;
* Brooklyn Dodgers framed autographed photo by three former New York team player.

The Society is still in need of financial gifts to help furnish and open the computer lab. For more information, or to make a tax-deductible donation, please call 213-229-9970.

Photos: Top - Council of L.A. Deputy Executive Director David Fields (for right) and his wife, Eleanor, with Spike Lee; Bottom - Andrew Siciliano (left) and former Laker Mychal Thompson (right), hosts of ESPN's 'LA Sports Live,' share a laugh with Spike Lee during a live radio interview.

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