LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Louis Hernandez Jr.'s A Little Hope Foundation is pleased to announce the list of industry leaders who have joined the foundation's effort to raise money and awareness to fund college scholarships for underprivileged and underrepresented students as advisory board members for the inaugural A Little Hope Gala taking place May 9, 2019, at the legendary Village Studios in West Los Angeles.
"I'm excited to announce the incredible group of dedicated people who have joined me in the work to increase access to higher education for those who need it most. It's an inspiration that so many recognized industry leaders are helping with this important cause," said Louis Hernandez Jr., founder of A Little Hope Foundation and co-chair of the advisory board.
A Little Hope Foundation supports the needs of underprivileged and underrepresented students from specified groups, including families of single parents and children of veterans, who seek specific educational goals in the arts, sustainability, science, technology, engineering, mathematics or education. The scholarships awarded are based on need and university selection.
Sandy Nasseri, president and co-founder of MelroseINC, a WBENC-certified woman-owned business that provides technology products and services to the entertainment industry, has joined the effort as co-chair of the advisory board.
"As an entrepreneur and business owner, I've always felt a responsibility to give back to the communities that support our company by helping others to achieve their goals. I'm so proud to be a part of the A Little Hope Gala and the effort to raise money to provide important scholarships to aspiring youth who otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity to pursue their dream of higher education. I'm excited to be a part of an outstanding event," Nasseri said.
Key industry and community leaders serving on the advisory board are:
Mike Amoia, serial entrepreneur and founder and president of MibeMusic Rashid Desai, former CTO at Avid, Barclay's Bank and Open Solutions Lee Dyson, CEO and DJ "Hey Mister DJ" Paul Frumkin, former school board member Jeff Greenberg, CEO, The Village Studios Deborah Hernandez, program supervisor for the City of Richmond and committee member of A Little Hope Foundation Scholarship Program Luis Hernandez Sr., former college professor and co-chair of Semper Fi "Honor" scholarship program Sarah Hernandez, investor relations and operations, Black Dragon Capital Ursula Kneller, director of process innovation, Universal Music Group Dr. Emma Lerew, former school district director and executive director of A Little Hope Foundation Scholarship Program Darla Marasco, executive producer, Marasco Media Manny Patel, chief of staff and creative lead, Ryff Gina Rogoto, operations manager, A Little Hope Foundation Loree Rossi, project manager, Black Dragon Capital Sabeh Samaha, president and CEO at Samaha & Associates Spencer Stephens, owner, Tech X Media; former CTO at Sony Pictures Roy Taylor, CEO and co-founder, Ryff Jesse "Corporal" Wilson, award-winning musician, composer, arranger, and producer for top artists and shows Dawna and Mischke Zeeman, vocalist, songwriter, producer and production manager for top artists.
The gala advisory board will oversee and coordinate four committees: event experience, sponsorship, auction, and attendance and media. The invitation-only event will be attended by influential business, media technology, education and civic leaders who share the foundation's vision to help level the playing field when it comes to attaining a higher education.
"The Village Studios has been blessed with an incredibly rich history with some of the most iconic and hottest music and media talent calling it home. I can't think of a better way to leverage its status than to make a difference in the lives of aspiring youth as the host venue of the A Little Hope Gala. I'm proud to be a part what looks to be a fun and exciting event," said Jeff Greenberg, CEO at The Village Studios.
A Little Hope Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization created to support the needs of underrepresented and underprivileged children through education, healthcare, the arts, and youth leadership development. Our goal is equal opportunity for all children. We believe their aspirations should be limited only by their own imagination of what is possible, their effort and commitment, and desire to contribute to their community. We help provide the tools and capabilities they need to fulfill their life purpose and become constructive members of our global community. Our primary vehicle for giving is our Scholarship Program and partnership activities with other like-minded organizations. To learn more, please visit www.alittlehopefoundation.org. Follow us @alittlehopeorg on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.