Empowering Youth Through Education

1st Annual Inspiration Breakfast Raises $150,000 for Life-Changing College Access Programs

More than 160 gathered in Century City on May 13, raising more than $150,000 for the Fulfillment Fund's life-changing college access programs.

More than 160 guests gathered at the Hotel Intercontinental in Century City for the first annual Inspiration Breakfast on Tuesday, May 13, raising more than $150,000 for the Fulfillment Fund's life-changing college access programs.

Fulfillment Fund CEO Kenny Rogers welcomed guests and described how the Fulfillment Fund makes going to college and graduating college a reality for students by building relationships, illuminating opportunities, and changing lives.

Whereas only 5 in 10 students in low-income communities who graduate high school go on to college, 9 in 10 Fulfillment Fund students do.

"Just imagine the energy and talent that can be unleashed by making sure all the students of our city have a real chance to fulfill their promise," Rogers said. "That's the world I want for my children - and for everyone's children - and that's why I do what I do."

View more photos from the event on Flickr.

Fulfillment Fund alumna Laura Y. Hernandez shared that after the Fulfillment Fund helped her become the first in the family to graduate from college last year, she then passed along the knowledge to her younger brother, who is headed to Emory University in the fall. "When you support the Fulfillment Fund, you’re not only supporting students like me, you’re changing lives," she said.

Special thanks to Brian Werdesheim of The Summa Group at Oppenheimer & Co. for sponsoring the event.

Thanks also to Dr. Sherry Banks, Anjan Choudhury, Jackie Eanes, Maria Espinosa, Alison Gross of Weber Shandwick, Tracy Herriott, Lauran Huff, Josh Klinefelter, Stephanie Le, Kadar Lewis, Grace Miller, Joan Sumpter, Brian Werdesheim and Dianna Yedalyan of Sweet Privileges for their support.

For more information about future events and opportunities to support the Fulfillment Fund, please contact Sarah Oesterle at soesterle@fulfillment.org or 323-900-8742.