All Stars Helping Kids

This holiday season, we are excited to team with The Learning Journey, which produces toys that encourage education and learning confidence for kids. Learning Journey recently donated 200 toys to All Stars Helping Kids, and we have a fun plan to distribute these toys to Title 1 schools and families!

Mayfair Community Center All Stars Helping Kids

Last Friday, Christina and Ashley from All Stars kicked things off with a visit to preschool kids at Mayfair Community Center, distributing educational toys.   

“Christina and Ashley were such a joy to have in our class! The kindness and generosity shown by them and the foundation had us feeling very blessed. Not only did they bring us treats for our snack time, they also played with us in our kitchen! The Mayfair Preschool students and families could not be more thankful for All Stars and Forever Young foundation.” – Kim Tuong, City of San Jose Acting Leisure Specialist.

The toys will also be distributed to Somos Mayfair’s “Raffle-off for Literacy” event in December that benefits underserved children. Mount Pleasant Christian Center, Santa Maria Urban Ministry and YMCA Silicon Valley will also receive donated toys.  We will keep you posted on Christina and Ashley’s The Learning Journey toy distribution!

A big thank you from All Stars Helping Kids and the Forever Young Foundation to The Learning Journey for your amazing support of our Bay Area kids!

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On Thursday, April 20th, All Stars Helping Kids grantees joined our Board of Trustees to celebrate our past and current cohort classes and their accomplishments.

All Stars board members Karen Lott and Jack Russi congratulated Cohort II, which graduated in March and includes Mindful Life, Game Theory Academy, and Camp Phoenix, and welcomed our newest class, Cohort IV, including Urban Ed Academy, Chapter 510, and SF Achievers, which joined us in January. The event marked a look back at our grantees’ accomplishments and a look ahead at their exciting plans for the future. 

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In April, All Stars Helping Kids was honored to join Eric’s Vision at Tracy Toyota for the 7th Annual ALS Run / Walk for a Cure in support of individuals with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). Over 250 from the Tracy community came out for the event, which included a BBQ hosted by the Tracy Fire Department and a raffle for a new flat screen television!

Many community leaders participated, including NFL Hall-of-Famer Ronnie Lott, former 49er’s player Eric Wright, Tracy Mayor Robert Rickman, San Joaquin County supervisor Bob Elliot, and Tracy Fire Chief Randall Bradley.

We are so thankful for all the volunteers and attendees who supported the event, which raised more than $35,000 to battle ALS! A portion of the proceeds was donated to the Forbes Norris ALS Clinic in honor of Kenny Perez, a Tracy resident who passed away from ALS in 2011.

Eric’s Vision was founded in 2008 by Eric Scoggins, his wife Shonta, and his friends. A former professional football player diagnosed with ALS, Eric channeled his talent, determination, time and resources toward finding a cure for the disease until his passing in 2009. Today, Shonta Scoggins carries on Eric’s passion to raise awareness and support for the issue. Eric’s Vision connects local ALS patients and their families with practical resources, healthcare providers, and doctors.

This weekend, more than 128 teachers and 45 families from across the Bay Area came out to the All Stars Winter Carnival and Second Annual Book Fair! All Stars Helping Kids partnered with Mayfair Community Center and The City of San Jose Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services to host the event, which promoted literacy by giving teachers and families an opportunity to select free books for their libraries at school and home. The effort distributed 12,000 books for grades Pre-K through high school, reaching over 42 schools!

The Mayfair Community families who joined our event started their day with story time hosted by Bring Me a Book & The San Jose Public Library, carnival games linked to literacy, delicious snacks comprised of nachos and cotton candy, and ultimately ended their experience with the opportunity to choose 30 books per family while dancing along to Disney melodies. Every child had a smile on their face as they ran from table to table to explore their options. It was an impactful moment for Ronnie & Karen and the All Stars Team.

A big THANK YOU to our donors who gave books and resources, and especially to our amazing volunteers who donated their time to provide new reading and learning opportunities for local teachers and students.

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Young men from SF Achievers joined All Stars Helping Kids Founders, Ronnie and Karen Lott, as well as the All Stars Helping Kids staff to celebrate the 10th Annual 555 Holiday Tree Lighting in San Francisco. SF Achievers is a nonprofit based in San Francisco that serves young African American men through scholarships, mentors and summer internship/employment opportunities, to ultimately help them attain academic success.

The young men and the Executive Director of SF Achievers, Gregory Collins, were invited to the historic 555 California Street location where they were warmly greeted and invited for a special tour of the Supercell office, located on the highest floor of the building, the 52nd floor. Here they got a chance to explore the unique workspace and learn about the success of Supercell, as well as the perks that employees enjoy every day. Inspired by the environment and scope of work, the SF Achievers asked questions regarding steps that needed to be taken to work in a similar arena.

They were happy to find that the college degree they were pursuing would be more than enough to enjoy the same benefits as their kind and encouraging tour guide, Tasha Dial, Office Operations Manager with Supercell Following their tour, the Achievers met with Ronnie & Karen, enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, and had an opportunity to engage in an inspiring conversation with Ronnie before ultimately joining him on stage for the beneficiary check presentation to All Stars Helping Kids. The young men walked away expressing their gratitude and marking this event as an unforgettable experience.

We at All Stars were elated to share our evening with these inspiring young men, and look forward to potential opportunities with them and their organization in the future!

On Saturday November 19th, our All Stars Helping Kids Program Director, Christina Pham, had the pleasure of escorting 50 families from the Mayfair neighborhood in east San Jose to the Santa Train in Napa, CA. Families from Somos Mayfair and Mayfair Community Center were invited to join in the experience. The Napa Wine Train was transformed into the Santa train for the holiday season.

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On September 26th, All Stars Helping Kids partnered once again with UCSF Medical Center and The Michael J. Fox Foundation to host the 2016 UCSF Medical Center Celebrity Golf Classic and Champions Dinner. Community and Business leaders joined together for dinner and golf in support of groundbreaking medical research, quality educational opportunities for underserved youth, and state-of-the-art healthcare.

At the end of the day, the Golf Classic raised more than $652,600 in support of All Stars, UCSF Medical Center, and Team Fox! One of the many highlights was the Hole in One for a Toyota Highlander winner, Mike Staskus, sponsored by Tracy Toyota!

This year’s Golf Classic was our biggest yet, and we are so thankful for the support of the All Stars community, local businesses, and celebrity attendees who contributed to make this event a success on behalf of the kids and families!

This summer, All Stars Helping Kids and Ronnie Lott partnered with the Danville Community to host the JaviStrong Gala in Danville, CA to support Jake Javier on his road to recovery from a life-changing neck injury. As captain of his high school football team, Jake Javier was signed to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on a football scholarship, but sadly became paralyzed from the chest down in a swimming pool accident just before his graduation.

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On June 22, 2016, All Stars Helping Kids hosted “A Night with All Stars” Celebrity Bartending Fundraiser Event, at the Silicon Valley Capital Club in Downtown San Jose. Guests enjoyed the exciting opportunity to have their wine or beer poured by celebrity bartenders, including All Stars founder and NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. Ticket sales and bartender tips raised more than $12,000, supporting the mission of All Stars Helping Kids to invest in our Bay Area youth and break the cycle of poverty!

On April 30th, 2016, Ronnie Lott and All Stars Helping Kids joined Eric’s Vision for the 6th Annual ALS Walk For A Cure. Supporters throughout the community came out to Tracy Toyota to walk, donate and raise awareness about ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), an incurable disease that causes paralysis. The event raised an amazing $21,495 toward research for a cure!

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