The Los Angeles Mission's End of Summer Block Party will take place this Saturday, August 9, with a star-studded guest list.

The Los Angeles Mission’s End of Summer Block Party was invented to give children a chance to celebrate the simple pleasures of summer; while, at the same time, preparing them for school. This giant street fair on 5th Street is designed to give children who live in a very tough area a day of carefree summer play.

Nearly a thousand children are expected to attend the Block Party where each child will get a new backpack filled with school supplies, enjoy a kid-friendly meal, and make some happy memories.

Celebrities and community leaders will join hundreds of other volunteers to help serve the nearly 3,000 people who will attend. Approximately 1,000 backpacks of school supplies will be distributed to school-aged children.

Scheduled to appear: Jamie Grey Hyder (True Blood), Jen Lilley (Days of Our Lives), Dylan Riley Snyder (Kickin’ It), Kiersey Clemons (Cloud 9), Bess Rous (Murder in the First), Fernanda Romero (Drag Me to Hell), Octavius Johnson (Ray Donovan), Brandon Molale (Granite Falls), Kwesi Boakye (The Amazing World of Gumball), Jimmy Deshler (General Hospital), Christopher Rich (Murphy Brown) and his wife Eva Halina Rich, Omid Abathi (Argo), Joey Luthman (Kickin’ It), Abhi Sinha (The Social Network), Ciera Danielle (Daisy’s), Brielle Barbusa (The Starter Wife), Antonio Jaramillo (Kill the Dictator), Ricky Garcia, Emery Kelly and Liam Attridge (Forever In Your Mind), Barry Fortgang, Joe Caigoy, Jules Cruz, Niko Del Rey, Trace Gaynor and V. J. Rosales (Filharmonic), State Senator Kevin De Leon, City Attorney Mike Feuer and many others.

The End of Summer Block Party gives children who often experience fear, hunger, health issues and stress on a daily basis a chance to spend the day just being a kid!

There is a serious side to this back to school event. School attendance is a key predictor of success in life. With the cost of school supplies continuing to rise, up 12 percent over last year, the Mission’s backpacks for kids will help more than ever. Families who receive backpacks won’t have to decide between food and school supplies for their children.

WHEN: SATURDAY August 9, 2014 serving time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Set-up: 8:00 AM
Celebrities and other volunteers go to street 10:45 AM

WHERE: Los Angeles Mission, 303 East 5th Street (on the corner of 5th and Wall Street), Los Angeles, CA 90013.

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