Edward James Olmos, Councilmember José Huizar, Senator Kevin De Leon and studio heads including Jeff Blake, Dick Cook, Rory Bruer, Dan Fellman, and Bruce Snyder to attend Boyle Heights Ceremony Thursday

LOS ANGELES, April 13, 2011— Variety Boys and Girls Club and Variety the Children’s Charity of Southern California will break ground on the charity’s new $10.1 million dollar, 28,500-square-foot Boyle Heights’ facility Thursday.

Actor and Club Alumni Edward James Olmos, Councilmember Jose Huizar, State Senator Kevin De Leon, LAPD Capt. Anita Ortega, and studio heads Jeff Blake, Dick Cook, Rory Bruer, Dan Fellman, and Bruce Snyder will also be on hand for the historic event.

The ground breaking will highlight the specific upgrades of the new and vastly improved Variety Boys & Girls Club, which will allow the Club to serve more children in the community, as well as include space for other community organizations to host programs and events. The modern building will replace the charity’s aging facility at 2530 Cincinnati St. in Boyle Heights.

The Club underwent a “Changing Children’s Lives” Capital Campaign to fund the new facility. With the help of Variety of Southern CA, Tent 25’s $5 million dollar commitment, the Club will continue its 60 year tradition of providing at-risk youth of Boyle Heights and surrounding communities with outstanding academic, recreational, and social activities.

Alan Davy, President of Variety the Children’s Charity of Southern California said, “For sixty years the Boys and Girls Club of Boyle Heights has been a prime focus of Variety the Children’s Charity of Southern California. This new club is the touchstone to our past and the cornerstone to the future for thousands of at risk children in East Los Angeles.”

“As someone who grew up playing in the Variety Boys and Girls Club in Boyle Heights, I can personally attest to the strength of the program in helping young people live better, more productive lives,” said Councilmember José Huizar. “I am ecstatic that a new generation is going to enjoy all the benefits that Variety Boys and Girls Club offers in a modern, state-of-the art facility.”

Where: 2530 Cincinnati St., Los Angeles, 90033
When: 11 a.m., Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Mission of Variety – The Children’s Charity is to provide life-saving and life-enriching assistance to abused, addicted, physically-challenged, neglected, and/or underprivileged children throughout Southern California. We pride ourselves on being able to modify our agenda in order to meet the evolving conditions encompassing our region – addressing each case in a timely, impartial manner.

Please visit www.varietysocal.org for more information.