LOS ANGELES, CA, November 8, 2016 – Iron Mountain Incorporated® Entertainment Services has renewed its continued support of L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs (Literacy, Arts, Culture, Education, and Recreation). For over twenty years, the award-winning L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs have provided underserved middle and high school students in Los Angeles with free arts, athletics and academic activities. By allowing young people the opportunity to expand their learning, improve their skills, and develop new ones in a safe, supportive setting, L.A.C.E.R. fosters scholastic achievement, self-confidence and good citizenship. The programs provide nearly 4,000 students with free classes in music, art, basketball, soccer, tutoring and so much more. Iron Mountain has been an ongoing program sponsor for the past decade-plus, supporting L.A.C.E.R.’s work in the community financially and with opportunities and resources, and the company has pledged its continued support through 2017 and beyond.
Iron Mountain will play a key role in L.A.C.E.R.’s upcoming Outstanding Student Awards, taking place at the 21st Annual L.A.C.E.R. Brunch, presented by the Wilbur May Foundation, U.S. Bank, the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation and Iron Mountain, on November 13, 2016 at Avalon Hollywood. Each year, L.A.C.E.R. students are nominated to win the Outstanding Student Award by teacher-artists, tutors, coaches and instructors based on leadership, dedication, commitment, hard work, and their positive attitude. At the ceremony, six L.A.C.E.R. students will be honored with the award, along with the Sharon Stricker Award presented to Susan Philips. From the stage, each student will tell his or her story in a short film, and receive a $100 prize, a plaque and certificates from state and city officials, among other prizes. This year, L.A.C.E.R. board member Jeff Anthony (SVP/Business Unit Leader, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services) will present the award with Sesha Brown, a previous Outstanding Student Award recipient who is currently attending UCLA. L.A.C.E.R. students in dance and music will also perform live at the ceremony. Leading up to the event, Iron Mountain has proposed a “matching grant,” as L.A.C.E.R. appeals to donors for contributions through November 13.
Jeff Anthony, SVP/Business Unit Leader, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, remarks, “L.A.C.E.R. is a wonderful charity and is making a real difference in the community. Iron Mountain is proud to renew our support, and we look forward to being involved with the annual gala on November 13. Iron Mountain’s goals involve the preservation of so much of what we value as a culture – the art and ideas of the past and present. L.A.C.E.R.’s objectives are similar to ours: preserving the past by passing it on to the next generation. Art and music enrich our lives, and L.A.C.E.R. is working every day to support and nurture young minds and souls. It’s a tremendous gift, and Iron Mountain will continue contributing to their initiatives.”
L.A.C.E.R.’s music program features classes in marching band, drumline, and “Rock Band” with a wide variety of instruments such as guitar, electric guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and vocals. L.A.C.E.R. hires professional musicians to lead musical instruction; teacher-artists have included Jazz Legend Buddy Colette, members of Ozomatli and Quetzal, and Tracey Singleton of Fishbone. L.A.C.E.R. is the only free music opportunity for thousands of kids in Hollywood and Greater Los Angeles, where many arts programs have been downsized or shuttered altogether. As students continue with the middle school program, they learn as many as three instruments and go on to high school ready for standard high school music programs, where they exist. If students move on to a L.A.C.E.R. high school, they find success in the music programs and graduate high school; several have been awarded music scholarships to college.