The 2017 Families Matter Benefit & Celebration was held on Thursday, June 1, at Boulevard 3, a beautiful venue in Hollywood that delighted the approximately 200 guests who attended the annual gala to support the work of Friends of the Family. Read more…







We want to begin and end this message with THANKS! Thank you to all those who made the 2016 Families Matter Benefit a great success – event sponsors, donors, auction donors, event committee, volunteers, staff, Blue Room Events, and most especially, our indefatigable Event Chair, Jane Francis and Auction Co-Chairs, Sue Johenning & Melissa Joan Hart! Thank you so much!

This year’s event was held on Wednesday, June 8, at the SmogShoppe in Culver City, a new venue for us and one that drew rave reviews from attendees. 200 guests enjoyed a lovely evening in support of Friends of the Family’s work to change the trajectory of the lives of struggling children, families, and communities right here in Los Angeles. Read more...







The 2015 Families Matter Benefit and Celebration was held on Thursday, May 7, at the Four Seasons Hotel. The event was attended by more than 200 guests who had a phenomenal evening in support of Friends of the Family’s work to lift children and their families out of poverty, protect them from abuse and neglect, and ensure their access to supportive resourced communities. Read more...







Thanks to EVERYONE who showed up with their smiling faces and umbrellas at the Grand Opening Celebration of FOF’s new facility and campus this past Sunday. We are so grateful for this outpouring of love from supporters, partners, participants and friends that made the event a remarkable experience.

Thankfully, the rain held off till the end of the afternoon, allowing us all to enjoy the festive music of Masanga Marimba. Guests enjoyed refreshments, tours of our facility, and the unveiling of dedication signage for supporter sponsored spaces and engraved pavers in our garden pathway. If you missed the celebration on Sunday, it is not too late to come check out our new home. Please feel free to stop in whenever you have a chance. Read more...




The 2014 Festival of Readers was a great success, attracting over 800 parents and children for a day of fun activities focused on the importance of reading together as a family. The event, held on the beautiful campus of Mission College, offered arts and crafts activities, book giveaways, story tellers, free food, and a program of wide ranging musical entertainment. The program was masterfully hosted by Fidel Ramirez, YPI’s Director of Youth Services, and featured local, national, and international performers. The day’s events culminated in a dramatic taiko drum performance by the On Ensemble and a rousing rendition of the currently popular song “Happy” led by the FOF Glee Club. Read more...




The 2014 Families Matter Benefit, held on Wednesday, March 26, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, was a great success. The event was attended by more than 200 guests and raised over $180,000 in support of Friends of the Family’s work to lift children and families out of poverty, protect them from abuse and neglect and ensure their access to quality education, healthcare and supportive resourced communities. Additionally, the enthusiastic crowd generously responded to an in-the-room call for funds to support the agency’s long-awaited move to a new larger facility and campus that will greatly enhance the agency’s impact in the community. Read more...
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