Connections Newsletter

Going with the Times – 2021 Sees Another Virtual Fundraising Event

The on-going pandemic has affected Shelter Partnership in many ways. Most staff are working remotely, we can’t host volunteers at our warehouse, and our Development Department has had to rethink our Annual Gala.

With social distancing measures still in place this summer, and a live in-person event impossible, we pivoted to holding the Gala online for the second time.

Our friend and Board of Directors member Fritz Coleman was a major help in making it all work. He shot video for the virtual Gala at our warehouse and at a permanent supportive housing
project in South L.A. This year's Gala honored the work of our partners at City National Bank for their work combating Los Angeles homelessness. City National Bank Senior Vice President Sal Mendoza, who is a long-time friend of Shelter Partnership, accepted our honor on the Company's behalf. We also had virtual entertainment by comedians Brent Pella and Wendi Liebman! We even had a vocal performance by actress/entertainer Renée Lawless. There was something for everyone!

While we hope to be back in person next year, our virtual Gala was a major success! The event raised over $200,000 to support Shelter Partnership's mission.

The Annual Gala also featured a touching tribute to Ruth Schwartz. It can still be viewed online. Please visit to watch.

2021 Annual Gala 


Special Thanks to all our Sponsors and Supporters
This year, the event was virtual.  You can still view it on our YouTube page.  

Premier Event Sponsor


  • The Walt Disney Company

Diamond Circle Sponsor

  • Bill Witte & Keiko Sakamoto

Emerald Circle Sponsors

  • City National Bank
  • Kaiser Permanente

Platinum Circle Sponsors 

  • Barker Management Incorporated
  • Fritz Coleman
  • Martha & Bruce Karsh
  • David & Janet Lazier 
  • Pacific Western Bank 
  • U.S. Bank 
  • Vera Campbell Foundation 

Silver Circle Sponsors

  • Bank of America 
  • Century Housing 
  • Terri & Michael Kaplan 
  • EGAN | SIMON architecture 
  • R4
  • Anne & Keith Sharp 
  • ThinkLogic 
  • Wells Fargo 

Special Thanks

  • Casamigos Tequila 
  • Fritz Coleman 
  • Marita De La Torre
  • Gail Gibson
  • Renée Lawless
  • Wendi Liebman
  • Gala Committee 
  • Terri Kaplan 
  • Joann Palanker 
  • Brent Pella 
  • Lance Simon
  • Auston Tribble 
  • Christopher Tribble
  • Versatile Productions 
  • Zemma Productions 




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