Circle of Hope luncheon invitation

The luncheon was a huge success thanks to the efforts of Hope Street Fund Development Committee members.  (L to R top) Shianne Hollander, Susan Berk, Kim Krug, Marike Smith, Ramona Quinn, Penny Orloff, Lilith Borko, Sandy Warde White, Sarah Vogel  (2nd row) Committee Chair Richard Oxford, Event Co-chair Eloise Appel, Event Co-chair Linda Ellman,  Jeanne Raya (not shown Kelly Jones, MD, Hannah Kirschner, Suzan Vida Konell, Esq., Michelle Lainez, David Marquez, John Opgenorth, Sharon Shelton, Raúl Vargas, Fernando Villa)


Hope Street Annual Fundraiser Exceed Expectations


The theme “Celebrating Strength of Character,” brought together over 300 generous supporters for the 4th annual Circle of Hope Champions for Children Luncheon benefiting Hope Street Margolis Family Center. Held at the downtown Los Angeles Jonathan Club on February 1st, the event raised over $370,000 for education and wellness programs supporting over 5,000 low-income children and families living in downtown Los Angeles and surrounding communities.  

Matthew Katz, CEO and Founder of Verifi, Inc., and UCLA BruinCorps leadership; Dr. Debra Pounds, Director, and Dr. Justyn Patterson, Assistant Director, were this year’s Champions for Children honorees. Mr. Katz was recognized for his 10+ years supporting Hope Street’s youth and family activities including funding the meals for students enrolled in Hope Street’s after-school and summer programs.  The UCLA BruinCorps was recognized for nearly 20 years of service to Hope Street provided by its members, many of whom are first generation college students themselves, who serve as tutors and mentors to students inspiring them to see that college is attainable.Event Co-Chairs, Eloise Appel and Linda Ellman, produced an enlightening program reflective of Hope Street’s impact. A video created by Hope Street students depicted their challenges and also mirrored the positive affect Hope Street has on their lives.  Hope Street’s Founding Director, Vickie Kropenske, shared the story of Amelia whose oldest son, José, is soon to graduate from UCLA and plans to be an attorney. Vickie shared the background of Amelia’s life – although she and her husband work long hours as  garment factory workers, their income is still below the poverty level.  Vickie shared a recent conversation she had with Amelia who told her, “I am thankful to Hope Street.  All of my children will go to college. All of my children will be educated—and I—I will be the last one who will sew.”

Hope Street wishes to give special thanks to our sponsors, donors and all who attended and supported the luncheon as well as those individuals and companies who provided exceptional auction and raffle items contributing to the overall phenomenal success of the event. Mark your calendars for February 22, 2019 for next year’s Circle of Hope Champions for Children Luncheon.


Thank you to our 2018 sponsors

ANJAC/Steve and Cathy  Needleman

Eloise and Mark Appel

Susan and Barry Berk

Johnny Carson Foundation

Dan and Lisa Cohen

CIT OneWest Bank


Linda Ellman and Gary Mandinach

Donna Ellman Garber

Cecile Falk Balser

Jay Fagnano and Gillian Wagner


Barbara Jury

Terri Keville, Esq. and Suzan Vida Konell, Esq.

Hannah and Jeff Kirschner

Knoll, Inc. and also Ramona Quinn and Patty Townsend

Kim and Ken Krug

LA Auto Show

Lockton Insurance

Robert and Lisa Margolis Family Foundation

Medical Staff of California Hospital Medical Center

Lauren and John Opgenorth

Penny Orloff

Richard Oxford

Margaret R. Peterson, PhD and Kenneth Peterson, MD

Jeanne E. Raya

Sharon Shelton and John Mazziotta

Supervisor Hilda L. Solis

Telemundo 52

Union Bank

Sarah and Rick Vogel

Warde Foundation

Wells Fargo

M. Lynn Yonekura, MD

UCLA BruinCorps

UCLA Health