Stars & Strikes for APCH was created to harness the power of the music & entertainment industry to create a fun, youth driven event that has raised more than $800,000 for APCH’s free programs with a focus on the teens; providing recreation, field trips, academic tutoring, college preparation and college tours for hundreds of South Central teens, many of whom have gone on to break negative cycles and be the first in their families to attend college.
The annual Stars & Strikes event raises funds and awareness for APCH, a safe haven in South Central Los Angeles which supports underserved inner-city youth and empowers them to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, the arts, nutrition, fitness, college preparation and college scholarships.
Stars & Strikes Celebrity Ambassadors and supporters are some of the entertainment industry’s most revered executives and personalities including: Cee-Lo Green, Music Artist/Producer; Miley Cyrus, Actor/Music Artist; Pete Wentz, Music Artist; Ryan Tedder, Music Artist/OneRepublic/Producer; Coldplay, Music Artist; Mark Wahlberg, Actor/Musician; Jonah Hill, Actor; Howie Mandel, Actor; Penny Marshall, Director; Nick Cannon, Music/Actor/TV Host; Keke Palmer, Actor; Jason Derulo, Music Artist; Ariana Grande, Music Artist; Austin Mahone, Music Artist; The Wanted, Music Artist; Red One, Producer; Dr. Luke, producer; Cody Simpson, Music Artist; Verne Troyer, Actor; Scott Disick, Reality TV Star; Matthew Lillard, Actor; “That 70’s Show” star Wilmer Valderama, Actor; Benji and Joel Madden, Musicians; among others.
The event was created by music industry leader Julie Pilat, Beats Music Head of Music, Curation and Artist Development and has also honored music industry veteran, Beata Czechkowski, KIIS-FM Assistant Program Director/Music Director. Stars & Strikes is Executive Produced by Thirty-Three Productions, Inc., who brings the event Dream to Reality on behalf of APCH.
A Place Called Home is a safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being and are inspired to make a meaningful difference in their community and the world. Core programs support APCH members from 8-21 years old in avoiding destructive behaviors by developing life skills and motivation to overcome adversity, make healthy, productive choices, and take advantage of the opportunities that lie before them. (www.apch.org)