Under a magical sunset, amidst twinkling lights on the fabled Paramount studio backlot, The Agency and its Valley Managing Partners were proud silver-level sponsors for the inaugural Los Angeles chapter of Girls Inc. fundraiser, which took place on May 12. The evening was spent celebrating girls, further the organization’s strong message, and supporting the communities of Los Angeles in a way that only Angelenos can. The mood was festive and fundraising goals were exceeded.
For 157 years, Girls Inc. has provided support and research-based programming to build self-esteem, develop life skills and enable academic achievement. Girls Inc. of Greater Los Angeles currently serves elementary and middle school-aged girls in South Los Angeles and Venice, providing programming focused on their physical and mental wellness, inspiring them to be strong, smart and bold. Girls Inc. classrooms offer a space where there is a sisterhood of support, high expectations and mutual respect. Their comprehensive approach to whole-girl development equips girls to navigate gender, economic and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated and independent. Girls Inc. also advocates for legislation and policies to increase opportunities for all girls.
“It was very important for us to involve and partner with the right organizations in Los Angeles. The Agency, with its diverse group of agents and philanthropic spirit, was a great fit as a sponsor! The Agency agents acknowledge the need for life-changing support and real solutions to the unique issues our girls face,” said Allison Knizek, who has volunteered with the organization for a number of years, working with the girls in a classroom setting before serving as a board member and on the fundraising committee. “We serve over 1,800 local girls in Compton, Watts, and South Los Angeles and we work in conjunction with the LAUSD curriculum. By supporting us, The Agency acknowledges and stands up for girl-based challenges that affect all girls, regardless of income, ethnicity or education. The many accomplished female agents of The Agency also serve as excellent role models and examples of possessing entrepreneurial skills.”
Craig Knizek, Michelle Schwartz, Michael Bloom, Ingrid Sacerio, Anastasia Clemons, Andre Warren and Jennifer Tisdale and family members gathered to offer The Agency’s support to this illustrious organization with a long-standing commitment to empowering the girls of Los Angeles. At the event, speeches were given, a fundraiser auction took place and delicious cuisine was served. Goodie bags with Girls Inc. swag were gifted to the guests at the end of the evening.
“It’s all about girl power,” said Managing Partner Michelle Schwartz as she bid on several of the auction items. Michelle noted that The Agency proudly embraces and supports the premise of promoting girls of today to tap into their strengths and amplify their talents to become leaders of tomorrow.
To learn more or get involved, visit www.girlsincla.org/events.