OPCC celebrated 50 years of providing hope to the most vulnerable members of our community on the Westside of Los Angeles County with a 50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend on September 27 and 28, 2014.

 Zach Galifianakis before performing at OPCC's 50th Anniversary
Zach Galifianakis before performing at OPCC's 50th Anniversary

Judy Collins gave a stellar performance on September 27th at The Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, capping off a magical evening that included Chris Pierce, Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra and Abstrakto (Asdru Sierra of Ozomatli and Balthazar Getty), and comic genius Zach Galifianakis.

David Arquette and Greg Germann with OPCC's Executive Director, John Maceri
David Arquette and Greg Germann with OPCC's Executive Director, John Maceri

Greg Germann, actor and OPCC Board member, hosted the evening. VIP guests included David Arquette & Christina McLarty, Assemblymember Richard Bloom, Marcia Cross, Annabeth Gish, Charlotte Kirk, Kymberly Marciano-Strauss, Penelope Spheeris, Supreme from the Wu-Tang Clan and former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter.

The Anniversary Celebration continued on Sunday, September 28th with a Family & Friends Community Picnic at the Santa Monica College Quad. Approximately 400 former and current staff, volunteers, Board members and clients gathered for games, complimentary lunch and performances by the Crossroads Jazz Combo, the SAMOHI Vikings Pep Band and OPCC’s own Safe Haven Band.

John Maceri, Executive Director of OPCC, remarks: “This weekend was a fine example of how significant OPCC’s impact has been on the community. Our work is not possible without the support of our wonderful donors, volunteers and Board members. Together, we are all making our community stronger. We are honored so many joined us for this weekend celebration.”

Lead sponsors of OPCC’s Anniversary Weekend included: Sarah Jessup, The Melvin & Bren Simon Charitable Foundation, Marin Aleksov & Rosland Capital, The Stanley & Joyce Black Family Foundation, Judith & Steaven K. Jones, Marcia Cross & Tom Mahoney, Vintage Hollywood Foundation and Bart & Tracy Zitnitsky.

Now in its 50th year, OPCC (formerly Ocean Park Community Center) is the largest social services agency on the Westside of Los Angeles. A non-profit organization headquartered in Santa Monica, OPCC provides highly effective, fully integrated services to the most traumatized, vulnerable and needy members of our community—homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, at-risk youth, indigent Veterans, and people dealing with severe physical or mental illness or substance abuse. We are the only West L.A.-based agency that offers a comprehensive system of care to solve the complex, multi-faceted problems of this diverse population. As a result, we have the wide-ranging expertise and programs that enable us to tailor services to the needs of each person, however complicated those needs may be. OPCC offers seven core services that provide support in the areas of housing, domestic violence, physical health, mental health, life skills/wellness, income services and substance abuse. All are designed to improve self-sufficiency, restore dignity, and enable our clients to be contributing members of our community, enhancing the quality of life for everyone.

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Source: PR Web

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