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Celebrating Transportation in Los Angeles

Posted on 11/27/17 by Joy Hepp, AARP Blog Author

On Saturday, November 18th, AARP in Los Angeles hosted a special Transportation Gala at Union Station commemorating the passage Measure M, the transportation ballot initiative that will deliver on $120 billion worth of improvement projects to advance the quality of life in the Greater Los Angeles area. The Gala was the highlight of a month-long series of events featuring multi-modal activities and transportation options for people of all ages and abilities in Los Angeles County. Appropriately, many of the evening’s guests arrived via public transportation or rideshare service.

During this fun-filled evening of music, dancing, mixing and mingling, guests had the opportunity to join us as we announced and congratulated the student winners of the AARP California Lincoln High School Art Contest.

In October, Lincoln High School students were encouraged to think about what types of transportation options that they believed would make communities of the future more livable for people of all ages and abilities, and then capture their thoughts by creating art with materials provided to them. Student art entries were judged by a panel of art professionals with judging based on aesthetics, artistic creation, content and concept. The top winners were presented with checks and the 1st place winner, Kat Jin, brought home a $1000 prize.


Lincoln High Art Students show off their prize checks.

All proceeds raised from the event went to the Disabled Americans Veterans (DAV) charity to support transportation services for disabled military veterans of the United States Armed Forces in the Los Angeles area. AARP Regional Vice President Rawle Andrews Jr. was on hand to present a check for $10,000 to Daniel Contreras, Past State Commander Adjutant for the Department of California Disabled American Veterans and current CEO for DAV.

We invite you to take a look at photos from the Gala on our Facebook page by clicking here.


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