- My Friend's Place launches virtual summer festival.
With their annual “Ending Youth Homelessness” gala canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, My Friend’s Place has created a virtual gala “My Friend’s Place Summer Festival.”
The virtual event will expand the reach of a single in-person event, into a multi-day series of online events. The festival kicks off on Sunday, August 9, 2020, with “Standing Together: A Virtual Concert” benefiting youth experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles.
The festival will end with “A Night United” hosted by Grey’s Anatomy star and My Friend’s Place champion, Giacomo Gianniotti on Thursday, August 13. The event will honor actress and activist Rosanna Arquette, CAA agent and My Friend’s Place Board Member Ann Blanchard, and will feature performances by My Friend’s Place youth, among other surprises.
“Over the past few months, we have all felt the tremendous impact of COVID-19, including young people and adults experiencing homelessness,” says My Friend’s Place Executive Director, Heather Carmichael. She went on to say, “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.”
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.
The festival will have a combination of free and ticketed events. The kickoff event, “Standing Together: A Virtual Concert” benefiting youth experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles, takes place on Sunday, August 9, at 5 p.m. Streaming across all of the organization’s social platforms and Youtube channel, the concert will feature performances by JoJo, Kenzie Ziegler, Mario, Scott Helman, Pete Molinari, Pinegrove, Drew Vision, Steve Reich; with appearances by NBA superstar Chris Paul, actress, and dancer Maddie Ziegler, The Orville‘s star Mark Jackson, among others.
To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.myfriendsplace.org.