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Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation presents inaugural Blue Diamond Gala honoring the Jackie Robinson Foundation, the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education and LA84 Foundation

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) announced today its inaugural Blue Diamond Gala honoring the Jackie Robinson Foundation, The Los Angeles Fund for Public Education and the LA84 Foundation on Thursday, April 16 at Dodger Stadium. Award recipients are: Rachel Robinson, founder of The Jackie Robinson Foundation, Megan Chernin, President & CEO of The Los Angeles Fund for Public Education, and Anita DeFrantz, President of the LA84 Foundation. Los Angeles Dodger players and coaches will attend. Additional special guests include Dodger legends Tommy Lasorda, Don Newcombe, Jaime Jarrín and Vin Scully.

The event will kick off with a VIP reception hosted by Dodger owner Earvin "Magic" Johnson at Top of the Park within Dodger Stadium, and a cocktail reception on the grass in center field. The evening's events will continue with dinner and awards on the infield dirt featuring Dodger players, alumni, coaches and broadcasters at each table. Dinner highlights include a fashion show by Ted Baker London modeled by Dodger players and a performance by Grammy nominated artist, Aloe Blacc.

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) announced today its inaugural Blue Diamond Gala honoring the Jackie Robinson Foundation, The Los Angeles Fund for Public Education and the LA84 Foundation on Thursday, April 16 at Dodger Stadium. Award recipients are: Rachel Robinson, founder of The Jackie Robinson Foundation, Megan Chernin, President & CEO of The Los Angeles Fund for Public Education, and Anita DeFrantz, President of the LA84 Foundation. Los Angeles Dodger players and coaches will attend. Additional special guests include Dodger legends Tommy Lasorda, Don Newcombe, Jaime Jarrín and Vin Scully.

The event will kick off with a VIP reception hosted by Dodger owner Earvin "Magic" Johnson at Top of the Park within Dodger Stadium, and a cocktail reception on the grass in center field. The evening's events will continue with dinner and awards on the infield dirt featuring Dodger players, alumni, coaches and broadcasters at each table. Dinner highlights include a fashion show by Ted Baker London modeled by Dodger players and a performance by Grammy nominated artist, Aloe Blacc.

"This will be a great evening at Dodger Stadium," said Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Dodger owner and Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation board member. "LADF is proud to share our programs with the LA community in hopes that we encourage others to collaborate with us in creating significant impact in the lives of youth. We look forward to celebrating our partners and beneficiaries." 

For tickets and information on Blue Diamond Gala sponsorships please visit www.dodgers.com/gala.

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation

LADF is the official team charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Its primary focus is to support cornerstone programs in Sports + Recreation, Education + Literacy and Health + Wellness benefitting children and families in need throughout the greater Los Angeles region. By leveraging strategic partnerships, the mission is to harness the power of the Dodger brand and the passion our fans have for Los Angeles into a vehicle for positive change in under-served communities. Visit the Dodgers Foundation online at www.dodgers.com/ladf.  

The Jackie Robinson Foundation

The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) is a public, not-for-public, national organization founded in 1973 as a vehicle to perpetuate the memory of Jackie Robinson and his heroic achievements. The Foundation provides college and graduate school scholarships in conjunction with comprehensive programmatic support and leadership development opportunities for students of color with strong capabilities but limited financial resources. Over its 40-year history the Foundation has provided $60 million in grants and direct program support. JRF "Scholars" maintain a consistent nearly 100% graduation rate.

About the LA84 Foundation

The LA84 Foundation was established to manage Southern California's share of the surplus from the successful 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The Foundation received an endowment of $93 million. Since it began operations in 1985, it has invested more than $220 million back into the communities that supported the Games, supporting more than 3 million youth in the eight Southern California counties of Los Angeles, Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura. Its headquarters is the historic Britt House near downtown Los Angeles where it houses the world's premier sports library and meeting facilities. The Foundation provides grants to youth sports organizations, manages programs, including a coaching education program, and convenes numerous forums for the exploration of the most pressing issues in sport. For more information, please visit www.la84.org.

About LA Fund For Public Education

Founded in 2011 by Superintendent Dr. John Deasy and Education Activist Megan Chernin, the LA Fund for Public Education invests in results-oriented programs designed to ensure that every student in the nation's second largest school system has the chance to succeed. The LA Fund builds innovative partnerships to create solutions that will improve the educational and social outcomes for students in the LAUSD. Through collaboration and creativity, they inspire action and achieve impact. LA Fund is positioned to lead scalable innovations that reach all corners of Los Angeles. Working directly with classroom teachers as well as district leadership, the LA Fund has a proven track record of creating meaningful systemic change in the second largest school system.

About Aloe Blacc

Aloe Blacc released his major-label debut album "Lift Your Spirit" March 11, 2014 on XIX Recordings/Interscope Records where it debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.The set followed up Blacc's collaboration as vocalist and co-writer on well-known DJ/producer Avicii's track "Wake Me Up," a song that hit the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on its Hot Dance Club Songs and Dance/Electronic Songs charts, as well as topping charts in more than 100 countries. Blacc's single "The Man" topped the charts and with more than 2.5 million singles sold. Blacc spent the summer out on a U.S. tour with Bruno Mars in support of "Lift Your Spirit" and made his acting debut in "Get On Up," the James Brown biopic. "Lift Your Spirit" received a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Album this year. for more information on Aloe Blacc visit www.aloeblacc.com

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