Octavia Spencer, Aloe Blacc Help Raise $1.5M for City Year Schools Program

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(Pictured: Nolan A. Sotillo and Octavia Spencer with a City Year AmeriCorps member; Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

According to Variety.com, more than 1,400 guests at the 4th Annual Spring Break: Destination Education fundraiser held at Sony Studios on Saturday helped raised $1.5 million.  The money benefits City Year, an organization that strives to keep kids in high school until they graduate.

“I love the idea of kids helping kids and these young ambassadors are saying, ‘Hey, look I’ve been through it, I made it through it, you can, too,’” said Academy Award-winner Octavia Spencer, who is involved with the program. “I think it is a tragedy the number of kids that don’t make it to graduation.”

Spencer said she has visited some of the 22 schools that the program reaches in Los Angeles and loves the work they’re doing. “Education unlocks the keys to all of life’s doors. You don’t have to be rich, you don’t have to be of a name, you just have to have that foundation. It’s all about giving kids that foundation,” she said.

The packed event featured games for kids and adults, including an E! News booth contest trying to win the opportunity to introduce musical guest Aloe Blacc who performed later in the evening.

Others showing their support included: Aaron Paul, Betsy Brandt, Diego Boneta, Jason Bateman, Jenna Elfman, Minnie Driver, Sean Hayes, Timothy Olyphant and Usher.

article by Lori Lakin Hutcherson

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