Los Angeles
Franklin D. Roosevelt Park
7600 Graham Ave
Los Angeles, CA  90001
United States

2017 Angel City Celebration

Bring Laughter and Joy To Our Neighbors in South LA

Rotary District 5280 and Rotary Club of Los Angeles are working together with LA County Parks & Recreation, local churches, businesses and community volunteer groups to organize a holiday event for the 3,000 underserved young children and their families in South LA.  We are planning a pancake breakfast, fun activities, health fair, resource fair, book fair and toys, books & clothing giveaway.  Rotarians and volunteers are encouraged to come with family and friends on Saturday, December 2 to help; I sincerely hope you are able to share the holiday spirit in this most rewarding way.  

Please RSVP by Saturday, November 26, 2017

Volunteers need to register in advance to attend, please click RSVP to register.

First Shift (7:00 am to 1:00 pm)
Second Shift (11:00 am to 4:30 pm)

Questions: Marjorie Heller at AngelCityCelebration@gmail.com

Location & Parking 

Franklin D. Roosevelt Park
7600 Graham Ave, South LA, CA  90001 
Parking lots are located on Graham, Nadeau and Holmes. Plenty street parking available on Graham and Nadeau


  • Jeans, tee shirt and comfortable athletic shoes
  • Wear your company or organization tee shirt
  • “Rotary cares” tee shirts will be distributed to Rotarians and their guests
  • Please note there is no storage for personal belongings
Volunteer Registration, Orientation and assignment starts 7 am
  • First shift Volunteers must check in at Volunteer Registration – 7 am
  • Coffee, juice and pastries will be available at the volunteer registration area
  • Orientation & Assignment – 7:15 am
  • Second shift volunteers must check in at the Volunteer Registration - 10:50 am
  • Orientation & Assignment - 11 am
Celebration starts 8 am
  • Please stay in your assigned area until your tasks are completed
  • check in with the Volunteers Coordinator at the Information Booth for additional tasks
Lunch and Refreshments
  • Volunteers and crew welcome to have pancake breakfast after 10:30 am
  • Lunch begins around noon
  • Afternoon refreshment starts 3:00 pm
  • Water will be available all day, courtesy of DWP
Post Event Clean-Up from 2 pm to 4:30 pm (or earlier)
  • Clear the area of empty boxes, trash
  • Fold tables & Chairs and return to designated area
Angel City Celebration is the largest Rotary service project in the Greater Los Angeles Area.  The project started 8 years ago, evolving from a simple toys and food giveaway in a church parking lot to an event featuring many components intended to improve quality of life for underserved families with young children in South LA.  The annual Angel City Celebration, partnering with both LA City and County Parks Departments, has rotated its site among several parks in South LA.
Recognizing how much the event can impact the quality of the life for families in South LA, Rotary Clubs have joined forces with community volunteer groups, local businesses, churches, schools and LA County government agencies to meet the needs of this underserved community.  We are proud that a large contingent of Rotarians and community volunteers have actively participated in the annual event to help our neighbors in need.   Our heart-felt appreciation to these partners and sponsors, without whose support these events would not have been anywhere near as successful.
We estimate that more than 4,000 people will participate in our event this year, here are areas your can help:  
  • Stage at the Health Fair, Resource Fair, & Giveaway of toys, books & clothing etc.
  • Help at the mobile dental, hearing & vision clinics
  • Prepare and serve the 3,000 pancake breakfasts.
  • Be the personal toy shopper for 3,000 children.
  • Man the registration booths for volunteers, participants and exhibitors
  • Assist the event participants and exhibitors
  • Set up and clear all equipment before and after the event
  • Organize the fun activities and watch over the safety of the young participants
  • Plant trees in the parks
  • Assist many other special event tasks.
An especial thank to LA County Parks & Recreation, our anchor partner for the 2017 Angel City Celebration.  We are looking forward to have another wonderful event this year.
As always LA5 will lead the efforts to obtain donations (in cash or in kinds) for the toys to be given to 3,000 to 3,500 kids.  As in prior years, we welcome donations of other necessities, such as clothing and food, to bring more of the Joy of the Season for our families.​
If you have any questions, want to participate in this event by volunteering or sponsoring or know of any entity that can enhance or augment our program, please contact Marjorie Heller at AngelCityCelebration@gmail.com or (323) 463-0304.