My Friend’s Place canceled its annual “Ending Youth Homelessness” in-person gala due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but, in place, the organization created a virtual multi-day series event “My Friend’s Place Summer Festival.”
The festival will begin on Aug. 9 at 5 p.m. with “Standing Together: A Virtual Concert,” which will benefit youth experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. “My Friend’s Place Summer Festival” will close with “A Night United,” hosted by “Grey’s Anatomy” star and My Friend’s Place volunteer Giacomo Gianniotti, on Aug. 13.
Since its inception in 1988, My Friend’s Place has assisted tens of thousands of youth experiencing homelessness between the ages 12 and 25 discover a path to wellness, self-sufficiency and a permanent exit from homelessness.
“Over the past few months, we have felt the tremendous impact of COVID-19, including young people and adults experiencing homelessness,” said Heather Carmichael, executive director of the organization.”
“While we may not be able to gather in-person at this time, we are excited to virtually connect with longtime advocates and new friends, in an effort to raise support for youth experiencing homelessness and ensure that My Friend’s Place can continue being a place of safety and support through this pandemic and beyond,” Carmichael added.
The festival will include a number of ticketed and free events throughout its run. It will also be livestreamed across all of the organization’s social platforms and YouTube channel. The concert will feature performances by Phoebe Bridgers, JoJo, Kenzie Ziegler, Mario, Scott Helman, Pete Molinari, Pinegrove, Drew Vision, Steve Reich and feature appearances by NBA player Chris Paul, actor and dancer Maddie Ziegler and more.
All proceeds raised from the events will support services and programming at My Friend’s Place.
Tickets are available now on the organizations website. For information, visit myfriendsplace.org.
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