Lakers Season of Giving

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PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 19, 2020

After a successful Lakers championship year, the bank was excited to continue our annual Season of Giving tradition partnering with the Los Angeles Lakers by kicking off with a Thanksgiving Drive-In event. Families from some of our wonderful community partners came together for a socially distanced presentation of Space Jam at the Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center.

Excitement filled the air as guests rolled in, cozy and safe in their cars. Laker Girls greeted everyone from a safe distance, while EWB volunteers, Lakers legends James Worthy and Robert Horry handed Lakers goodie bags into cars—complete with snacks and an inflatable Lakers neck pillow. Families were then able to park, sit back, and relax as they enjoyed the classic movie together!

This event was planned to allow families a special experience in a time when safety is the priority and activity outside of the house is limited. Following all the necessary COVID-19 related protocols, households were able to enjoy a movie together with the Lakers from the comfort of their own cars, leading to magical memories in a safe AND fun environment during a trying year. Invited community partners included the LAFD Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center, The Mixed Roots Foundation, Heart of LA, LAPD, Watts Skills Academy, Boys & Girls Club West San Gabriel Valley, Mending Kids, Raised By a Village, and Friends of the Chinese American Museum.

The following week, we supported the Salvation Army Inglewood’s Miracle on Manchester Turkey Giveaway. Over 300 families in need were invited to pick up all their Thanksgiving fixings, from turkeys to pumpkin pies and all the goodies in between! Guests lined up, six feet apart, to wait their turn to safely receive their items from masked and gloved volunteers. Though Thanksgiving may look different this year, we wish everyone a safe, healthy, heartwarming holiday!