Skid Row’s Para Los Niños Announces Fiesta Para Los Niños Gala 2017

Fiesta PLN 2017

Skid Row’s Para Los Niños Announces Fiesta Para Los Niños Gala 2017 Honoring Univision Los Angeles, Sony & Netflix Original Series, One Day at a Time

Evening hosted by Justina Machado, star of One Day at a Time, HBO’s Six Feet Under with Ana Guerrero, Chief of Staff to L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, delivering keynote address

Presented by Tina & Rick Caruso

Los Angeles, May 1, 2017—Para Los Niños (For the Children), Skid Row’s longest standing nonprofit organization announced today its Fiesta Para Los Niños Gala slated for Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 6-9:30PM. Receiving the evening’s top honors include the media network Univision – Los Angeles 34 (Partner of the Year) and the Norman Lear, Sony/Netflix Original Series, One Day at a Time (inaugural Vanguard Award). The show’s lead, Justina Machado, serving as the evening’s emcee.

The event brings together notables from the corporate, philanthropic, foundation, and entertainment industries. Para Los Niños and its Board of Directors present the anniversary gala for the 36th year, with past honorary trustees including Jane Fonda, Angela Lansbury & Ricardo Montalban.

Tina and Rick Caruso once again serve as presenting sponsors of the annual event. “Our relationship with Para Los Niños’ children and families is one of the greatest blessings in our life,” said Rick Caruso.  “These amazing children are the future of Los Angeles and we couldn’t be prouder to support this outstanding organization.”  The Tina & Rick Caruso Child Development Center at Para Los Niños provides infant, toddler, and pre-school care for over 70 children.

“Para Los Niños’ Gala has established its reputation as the touchstone annual event celebrating our families and community-focused work with civic-minded, philanthropic Angelenos in business, entertainment and beyond,” said Dr. Drew Furedi, Para Los Niños President and CEO. “The 2017 Fiesta Para Los Niños Gala honorees, Univision and the Sony, Netflix Original Series One Day at a Time, are fearless pioneers in their respective creative and social platforms.  We’re proud to call them partners in our work to break the cycle of poverty and create conditions of success for L.A.’s impoverished children and families.”

Para Los Niños Board of Directors Chair Marjorie Lewis added, “The Board is thrilled to help chair the Fiesta Para Los Niños Gala. Every year, this event presents the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the profound impact of our partners, staff and families in Los Angeles. It is a privilege to recognize our honorees, whose work reveals unique experiences and perspectives that speak to our work.”

All proceeds raised during the Fiesta Para Los Niños Gala are directed to the year-round family services the organization provides. Since 1980, Para Los Niños has worked to uplift impoverished Los Angeles children through education, wrap around social & health services, and resources they need to build a brighter future. Para Los Niños believes in the whole-child approach to meet the needs of students and families by keeping high expectations and outcomes for students as a central focus, while addressing any mitigating factors of poverty, trauma and readiness.

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About Para Los Niños (Fort the Children):

Para Los Niños serves over 5,000 impoverished children and family members annually through its 6 preschools, 3 charter schools and array of mental health and social services. Geographically, Para Los Niños’ focus is in Downtown/Skid Row and Westlake/Pico Union. A community-based nonprofit founded in 1980, PLN has served an estimated 50,000 children and their families over the last 36 years. Originally established as a child poverty agency on L.A.’s Skid Row, Para Los Niños today continues its mission of alleviating child poverty with a theory of action that integrates education with deep mental health and social services.

Social Media: Facebook: @ParaLosNinosOrg |Twitter: @ParaLosNinosOrg | Instagram: @ParaLosNinosOrg

Press Contact: Oliver DelGado, Communications Director,, 213-250-4800 x555


About Partner of the Year Award Recipient- Univision Los Angeles:

Univision Los Angeles is the Emmy-award winning and nationally recognized, flagship television station owned and operated by Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading company serving Hispanic America. For more than 50 years, Univision Los Angeles has been the news leader in L.A. among Hispanics. Its early and late newscasts are among the highest rates in the country, regardless of language. Additionally, Univision Los Angeles was recently recognized with honors by the Associated Television and Radio Association, the Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards; and five Emmys at the 68th National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences L.A. Area Chapter Emmy Awards. For more information, please visit:

About Vanguard Award Recipient – Sony and Netflix Original Series, One Day at a Time

A reimagining of the iconic Norman Lear’s classic sitcom, One Day at a Time is a hilarious and heartfelt comedy that follows three generations of a Cuban-American family sometimes-reluctantly cohabitating and navigating the ups and downs of life. A newly-single mom and military veteran journeys through the triumphs and tribulations that come with raising two strong-willed, mega-millennial children, all the while enlisting the “help” of her old-school mother and her building manager-turned-invaluable confidante. Through an contemporary lens, One Day at a Time offers a glimpse at what life looks like, in good times and bad — and how those around you somehow make it all worthwhile.

One Day at a Time is produced by Sony Pictures Television for Netflix.

About Emcee – Justina Machado

Justina Machado can currently be seen starring as the lead in Netflix’s highly reviewed reimagining of Norman Lear’s ONE DAY AT A TIME opposite Rita Moreno. Additionally this year, Machado appeared opposite Gina Rodriguez in the fourth season of the CW comedy series, JANE THE VIRGIN, and voiced the character ‘Carmen’ in Disney’s animated series, ELENA OF AVALOR.

On the big screen, Machado was most recently seen in THE PURGE: ANARCHY, which was released by Universal in 2014. Additional film credits include THE ACCIDENTAL HUSBAND opposite Uma Thurman, Bernard

Tevenier’s IN THE ELECTRIC MIST opposite Tommy Lee Jones, and the independent film PEDRO, which debuted at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival.

Born and raised in Chicago as the eldest of five children in a family of Puerto Rican descent, Machado started her thespian career upon graduating from high school. Her stellar performances on stage at the Latino Chicago Theater paved the way for her now burgeoning career.