Just one day after the Beyond the Bell Branch of the Los Angeles Unified School District announced that it had pulled out of hosting the eighth annual Beyond the Bell Golf Classic at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, phones rang and donations came in.
“There are good people in this world,” said Alvaro Cortés, Beyond the Bell’s executive director. “I was ecstatic to receive two morning calls from donors who were willing to cover our deposit from the golf club. I am still calling people back who want to help.”
Wetzel’s Pretzels and developer Rick Caruso, founder and chief executive officer of Caruso Affiliated, each contributed $7,500 to the program.
Beyond the Bell operates before-and after-school programs, including Camp Skyhook, an outdoor classroom located in the Angeles National Forest. The facility is named for the Skyhook Foundation, founded by NBA hall-of-famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
“Trump National Golf Club’s refusal to return the deposit for LAUSD’s annual fundraiser may result in the loss of 300 under-privileged fourth and fifth graders who will not be able to attend Camp Skyhook,” said the basketball legend Abdul-Jabbar. “Having to scramble and relocate the venue for this charitable event will divert substantial resources from implementing our programs and will likely reduce our fundraising revenue which we rely on to cover program costs for Camp Skyhook.”
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