Julian Omidi discusses the importance of Children’s Lifesaving Foundation (CLF) and their landmark 20th anniversary in late September of 2013.
At Civic Duty, my brother Michael and I wanted to help the Children’s Lifesaving Foundation celebrate their 20th anniversary by providing support in the Rise to Thrive Charity Challenge. The CLF, the organization devoted to changing the lives of homeless and at-risk children and families in Los Angeles through academic social and domestic support, sported three victories in the late September celebration.
The first win to kick the celebrations off was that the Children’s Lifesaving Foundation partnered up with CrowdRise (founded by actor Edward Norton), a philanthropist group that hosts fundraising websites, to assist the Omidis and company to raise funding for six at-risk children’s college education. The campaign partners have already risen $3,893 – 19 percent of the way toward their $20,000 goal.
To encourage all to join in on this goal, an incentive of creating a personal CrowdRise page was implemented. The top five fundraisers of the CLF will receive VIP ticket to the CLF’s 20th Anniversary Celebration Concert on December 7th. This event will be hosted by 1980s rock legends four-time Grammy Winner Pat Benatar and husband and lead guitarist Neil Giraldo.
The final and most generous victory came from top fundraising organization CrowdRise’s: The Rise to Thrive Challenge. This organization sponsored by CrowdRise and Visa Rush Card (co-founded by Russell Simmons) won a $25,000 donation to assist CLF continue its philosophy in transforming more lives.
In 20 years of giving, the CLF has served over 75,000 at-risk and homeless youth, moved 45 low income families into new apartments and provided thousands more with in-kind and financial donation, issued 44 college scholarship to well-qualified youths in addition to other enriching, like family and holiday opportunities.
CLF and Civic Duty invite you to not only start your own CrowdRise, but be mindful, supportive and compassionate towards children and families that are homeless and at risk. To get involved or to lend a helping hand to families suffering, send us a message on our Civic Duty webpage, or on the Civic Duty Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ and Twitter pages for more information.
The Rise to Thrive Challenge concludes October 22nd.
By Julian Omidi