Hope Street Margolis Family Center celebrated its 25th anniversary at the annual Circle of Hope Luncheon at the Jonathan Club on February 25th.

The event, attended by 330 guests, raised over $300,000 to support Hope Street’s after-school and health and wellness programs. Founding Director, Vickie Kropenske, and Celia Chavez, President and General Manager of Telemundo 52 Los Angeles/ KVEA were the “Champions for Children” Honorees for their for their work in supporting children, families and the community. In accepting her award, Ms. Kropenske spoke about the growth and success of Hope Street and introduced alumni who have gone on to college stating, “These fine young adults flourished in spite of inadequate schools and limited resources, with the help of Hope Street volunteers, staff and donors”.

We are grateful to our many sponsors, donors and the Jonathan Club for their generosity and support of Hope Street Margolis Family Center. Special thanks to our Honorary Committee co-chaired by Steven A. Nissen, Senior Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs, NBC Universal and the Honorable Donna Ellman Garber, former Mayor, City of Beverly Hills. The Hope Street Development Committee, led by Richard Oxford and luncheon Co-Chairs Eloise Appel and Linda Ellman contributed their time and talents to make Hope Street’s 25th anniversary especially memorable.


 Hope Street Margolis Family Center alumni, Melissa Mateo, shared her story via video with luncheon attendees



Vickie and Celia join Hope Street Margolis Family
Center's Fund Development Committee members (left to right):
Raúl Vargas, Eloise Appel (event co-chair), Shianne Hollander, Jeanne Raya, Dick Oxford (chair), Lilith Borko, Linda Ellman (event co-chair), Hannah Kirschner

Not Pictured here: 
Steve Acosta, Susan Berk, Kelly Jones, MD, Suzan Vida Konell, JD, Kim Krug, Michelle Lainez, David Marquez, John Opgenorth, Ramona Quinn, Fernando Villa, Sandy Warde White


For more information , please contact Mary Fagnano, Hope Street Development Officer, at (213)742-5869 or Mary.Fagnano@DignityHealth.org.