The Children's Defense Fund-California will host its 23rd Annual Beat the Odds Awards on Thursday, honoring Chase Moore, Elizabeth Lopez, Sequoia Canada, Timothy Walker, and Zachary Byrge – five incredible Los Angeles area high school students who “beat the odds.”

Children’s Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman and Hollywood’s supporters will celebrate these high school “stars” for overcoming tremendous personal obstacles in order to achieve academic excellence.

Expected to attend are J.J. Abrams & Katie McGrath, Jurnee Smollett-Bell & Josiah Bell, Carol & Frank Biondi, Laphonza Butler, Ruth-Ann Huvane, Kevin Huvane, Katie Sharer & Mark Mullen, Liza & Conan O'Brien, Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth, as well as Jordana Brewster, Matt Barnes, Chris Messina and more.

Each student honoree will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and support services including: private tutoring, one-on-one college counseling, ongoing mentoring, internship placements, life skills development, SAT prep, and week-long college tours at no cost.

Since its inception in 1990, the Children’s Defense Fund Beat the Odds program has identified and rewarded remarkable high school students who have overcome tremendous obstacles, surpassed their full potential in overall academic excellence, and given back to their community. These impressive scholars have clearly demonstrated the qualities necessary to become future leaders.

WHEN: Thursday, December 4, 2014

WHERE: The Book Bindery
8870 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

The Children’s Defense Fund-California (CDF-CA) is the California office of the Children’s Defense Fund, a national, non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for over 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. CDF-CA champions policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care and quality education. For more information visit www.cdfca.org.

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