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29th Vision Awards Dinner
Thursday, November 9, 2023, 6-9pm
Hotel Casa del Mar, Santa Monica, CA

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See Candice above at our last dinner gathering in 2019 giving her acceptance speech for the academic excellence in reading award.

Our Vision Awards trophy is presented to honorees who made significant impacts at the center. We also present medals to Wooten student achievers.

Our Vision Awards Dinner is back in 2023 after three years of cancellations due to the pandemic. We will be honoring our friends at HKS Architects and Loyola Marymount University for making a significant impact in helping us complete our renovation in 2020.

Our Catch the Vision Awards Dinner is a charity event presented annually by our Board of Directors to raise support for our youth center programming.


Corey Danztler, Executive Director

(323) 756-7203 office



  • Sapphire ($50,000)

  • Diamond ($25,000)

  • Platinum ($10,000)

  • Gold ($5,000)

  • Silver ($2,500)

  • Bronze ($1,500)

  • Partner ($1,000)

  • Supporter ($500)


Thank you to our 2021 sponsors:

  • Platinum-Plus: John and Evelyn Lapham,
    Kit and Karen Jennings

  • Gold: Paul and Melinda Wetmore

  • Silver: Kinecta Federal Credit Union, Keith and Paulette Parker

  • Bronze: Terry Dobson and Dr. Saeri Dobson, Drs. Bernard and Connie James

And thank you to our 2020 sponsors who helped us get through our initial pandemic financial challenges:

  • Platinum-Plus ($15,000): John and Evelyn Lapham

  • Platinum ($10,000): Kit and Karen Jennings, Steven and Debra Oh

  • Gold ($5,000): Bank of America, Tom and Laurie McCarthy,
    David and Elizabeth McFadzean, Gary and Karen Wagner, Paul and Melinda Wetmore

  • Silver ($2,500): Dr. Dean Baim, Kinecta Federal Credit Union

  • Bronze-Plus ($2,000): Brian Condon and Kara Rossi 

  • Bronze ($1,500): Drs. Bernard and Connie James, Amy Johnson, Keith and Paulette Parker,
    Alice Short and Steve Vielhaber, John and Kathy Talley-Jones

  • Partners ($1,000): Deborah Gero

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Online Payments:

Click here to confirm your sponsorship or other donation and to make payment via your PayPal account or debit or credit card.

Mail Payments:

Mail a check or money order payable to
Al Wooten Jr. Youth Center to:

Corey Dantzler, executive director

Al Wooten Jr. Youth Center

9106 S. Western Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90047
(323) 756-7203 office


Stock Donations:

Yes, we accept stock donations!
Please contact our broker at:


Marco Chu

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. 

333 South Hope Street, 39th Floor

Los Angeles, CA  90071 

Tel: 213.236.2065  

Fax: 213.629.3428

We closed our youth center buildings at 91st and Western in Los Angeles temporarily in March 2020 due to the pandemic. We reopened in June 2021 with a limited 15 students onsite and fully opened in summer 2022 with 60 students. 

Here are some pics from our free afterschool and summer programs for students in grades 3-12.

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