Jennifer Lopez Takes the Stage at L.A. Dodgers Foundation Gala, Helping to Raise $3.6 Million
The event, dubbed “The Party for L.A.,” raised a record-breaking $3.6 million for LADF, which aims to improve education, health care, homelessness and social justice for all Angelenos and, since 1995, has invested more than $40 million in programs and grants to nonprofits throughout the city. The gala also feted LADF’s “Everyday Champions,” whose work in the community was hindered by the COVID-19 pandemic but who were able to step up to the plate and make a difference.
Almost the entire Dodgers roster was present for the event, with stars Clayton Kershaw and Mookie Betts, Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger and manager Dave Roberts. Venus Williams, Jeanie Buss, L.A. Lakers’ owner, and Mark Walter, Dodgers controlling shareholder were also present.
Mario Lopez, and former Dodger Adrian Gonzalez were the emcees of the evening. The celebration began with a dinner and preparty outside Dodger Stadium before moving to the field. As guests were able walk around the ballpark (and hit the bar), DJ D-Nice spun. Before JLo’s performance, Nichol Whiteman, CEO of LADF, gave a short speech.
” This year’s gala shows our endless potential when combined our efforts and insist upon making a difference to the lives of people who most need us,” she said. It is not a mistake that we are standing on this magical field, the field of dreams, where our Boys in Blue won 2020. We showed the world that we were champions on and off the field in that life-altering year. We helped the most vulnerable communities to survive an avalanche in uncertainty and pain.
“Tonight we recognize our extensive work, but we also recognize the individuals who voluntarily jumped in the unknown, pushed beyond fear to help Angelenos navigate these trying time,” Whiteman said. These heroes stood up .”
when so much of the world was shut down.
Walter, and Buss, also appeared on stage, to auction off dueling 2020 championship rings, from both the Dodgers, and Lakers. Buss promised, “This will get your into any club .”
Lopez performed her hits in a concert that was sure to be a hit at the stadium. She did this with five costume changes and intricate choreography, along with a dozen backup dancers. The star — fresh off of her Netflix documentary Halftime, following her 2020 Super Bowl performance — also brought one of her children out for a duet.
After Lopez teased that she was in L.A., but she wanted to keep it New York forever, with some N.Y.-centered songs, Lopez said that this was a big evening for all of them and for her too .”
” They told me that this foundation touches the lives of 8.8 million children every year. She added that you should give yourself a round of applause and a pat on your back. “We all know that children will take over the world. We need to take care and raise them right. Teach them how to give, help one another, and how to give. This is why you’re here tonight
The night also featured performances by the Inglewood High school marching band, the MACES Band and the Woodcraft Rangers Mariachi and Folklorico Programs from Middleton Elementary School. The gala concluded with a post-show party featuring Dodgers DJ Severe, food from California Pizza Kitchen and Dunkin’, Melissa’s Produce and Milk Bar, and In-N-Out.