Lupus LA raises funds for its patient programs, local rheumatology fellowships and research partner, the Lupus Research Institute (LRI) – the world’s leading private supporter of innovative research in lupus. Since the year 2000, Lupus LA has raised over $10,000,000 dollars for the cause, primarily through special events – the LA Marathon, the Orange Ball, Get Lucky for Lupus LA Celebrity Poker Tournament, and the Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon.
Raising awareness is also an important part of the Lupus LA mission. While lupus is widespread, awareness and accurate knowledge about it are lacking. Research shows that although 1.5 million people in the U.S. have lupus, nearly two-thirds of the public knows little or nothing about the disease. In fact, more Americans have lupus than AIDS, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, sickle-cell anemia and cystic fibrosis, making it one of this country’s most prevalent medical problems. In Los Angeles County alone, there are over 60,000 people suffering from lupus.
Lupus LA raises awareness through events along with extensive local, regional and national media coverage – in print and on TV, radio and the Internet. This is made possible through the support of Hollywood – both celebrities and industry executives.
Simultaneously, the teamwork, creativity and discipline required to complete a short film helps the young participants develop a better self-image and a sense of accomplishment that will engender a greater belief in their ability to rise above their current social and economic conditions. The screenplays written by the kids in our program are registered with the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW), which issues each student a certificate for their registered script.
This program is offered completely free-of-charge to the kids who participate. We shoot up to 16 short films per year at an estimated cost of $8,900 each. We rely solely on sponsors, grants and tax-deductible donations for both the operating and production budget of this amazing program. KITS is grateful to Final Draft, Inc., makers of Hollywood’s premier screenwriting program, for donating software to our organization. It is our hope that you will be compelled to support this great organization with both financial and in-kind contributions. Your contribution empowers us to empower our kids.
To train youth ages 11-17 who are in the foster care system, and other underserved youth, to create, write, cast and star in their own 10-minute short films, culminating in an annual film festival competition where we present “Movies by Kids, for Kids”.
To create an annual film festival competition to introduce talented young writers and actors to Hollywood’s prominent casting directors, agents, producers, etc. The gala event will provide an Oscar night-like experience for the participants that along with their training may further motivate them to consider careers in the film industry.
The purpose of Kids in the Spotlight, Inc. (KITS) is to provide underprivileged youth with an introduction to and training for the art of filmmaking. This program will provide a safe environment for kids to express themselves while cultivating interest in film industry careers, which is so prevalent in Los Angeles. Additionally, it will foster teamwork, creativity and discipline resulting in better self-image and a sense of accomplishment that will engender a greater belief in their ability to rise above their current social and economic conditions in order to realize their dreams.
Our Adopt a School program is the best way to quickly give schools flexible arts and music programs. Join Matt Sorum, John Stamos, Mark McGrath, Johnathon Schaech, Adrian Young and Rob Prior and take part in this exciting new initiative. To learn more, email email@example.com