Wing Your Way To Malibu on April 14, To Help Failing Students


photos from SEA foundation


We've all heard the phrases - "When one door closes, another opens." and "Pay it forward."   The Emily Shane Foundation - SEA Program - has done so.  On Thursday, April 14, 2016, 7 p.m., the foundation will host their annual fundraising party "Wings Over Malibu"  at the Casa Escobar on Pacific Coast Highway.  The event features cocktails, dinner, a silent and live auction, entertainment by DJ  Gold Dust, a cigar roller, a psychic, and a special performance by local talent, Sofia Castellani


photos from SEA foundation

It was April 3, 2010, when 13-year-old Emily Shane was tragically killed by a reckless driver as she walked home on Pacific Coast Highway who is now in jail for second degree murder.  A generous, giving child who thought constantly of helping others,  her loss was deeply felt.  In an effort to turn this horrific event, her parents - Ellen and Michael Shane began listing and encouraging kindness as Emily would have done.   At first they started with just compiling good deeds.  Anyone and everyone can enter good deeds and acts of kindness on the Emily Shane Foundation's web page, but they soon decided that this was not enough for the memory of their daughter.  Since Emily had had cognitive processing issues in middle school that pushed her into a "grey" area, and the school system had no support for this, Ellen Shane realized that there were others who fell into then cracks and "didn't fit the mold." 


photos from SEA foundation

She realized that middle school, which is a critical time for students who, if not given help, will follow the wrong path of drugs, depression, bullying or just giving up, could change the lives of many children and in 2012 established a 501(c)3 group - SEA (Successful Educational Achievement) program to encourage students both in scholarship and in their personal lives.   They started with four students in Malibu and have since grown to ten sites  - three in Oxnard, one in Malibu, three in Santa Monica, one in Westchester, one in South L.A., and one in Pico Rivera.   This year alone they have serviced over 90 students, but the waiting list is long and the need great!


photo from SEA foundation

SEA Program provides intensive mentoring/tutoring for struggling/failing middle school students throughout the Los Angeles and Ventura counties making a significant difference in their futures.  The mentors, mainly university students or recent graduates, are trained to focus on everything from organizational and study skills to personal counseling.  Youths who have mentors not only have increased graduation, but better attitudes, higher goal aspirations, healthier relationships and are less likely to turn to drugs and alcohol.  "There is no better motivator than your own personal cheerleader and advocate who focuses solely on helping you obtain your best academic achievement."


photos from SEA foundation

The only "cost" the students pay is that they must perform a good deed for each mentoring session and enter it on the foundation's web site.  Grants, private donations, and fundraisers as this one provide for the operational costs.  Two corporate sponsors - Hydronalix and SIGMANet - have recently joined, but more help is needed to grow the program.


photos from SEA foundation

Chairs for the forthcoming charity fundraiser are Kathleen Landmann and Sharon Karsh.  Tickets are $150/per guest and can be purchased at the Emily Shane site.   They are also offering a special $50 ticket for millennials.   All proceeds benefit SEA.  For more information about the event or the foundation, you can also call 213-290-5441. 



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