Octavia Spencer, Channing Tatum Among Stars Hosting Upcoming City Year Celebration

5:56 PM PST 03/29/2012 by THR Staff
Alex Berliner

The nonprofit organization's Second Annual Spring Break: Destination Education event takes place May 5 at the Sony Pictures Studios Lot in Culver City, Calif.

The Help stars Octavia Spencer and Emma Stone, 21 Jump Street’s Channing Tatum, and Revenge’s Emily VanCamp are just a few of the stars on the hosting committee for City Year’s Second Annual Spring Break: Destination Education fundraising event at the Sony Pictures Studios Lot in Culver City, Calif. on May 5.

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City Year, a nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to help keep students in school and on a track to graduation, throws the event in order to raise money for its initiatives. Spring Break: Destination Education also honors its 210 AmeriCorps members who serve as tutors and mentors to more than 2,000 at-risk students.

“City Year works because our corps members provide the intensive academic and emotional support students need to believe in themselves and succeed,” City Year Los Angeles Executive Director Allison Graff-Weisner says. “Spring Break: Destination Education is a chance for us to bring the Los Angeles community together to highlight the progress we’ve made in tackling the high school dropout crisis.”

The event brings members of the entertainment industry together with Los Angeles residents for a party complete with interactive booths, musical entertainment, and food.

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In addition to Spencer, Stone, Tatum and VanCamp, stars who served on this year's host committee include Dianna Agron, Jason Bateman, Matt Bomer, Jessica Chastain, America Ferrara, Rashida Jones, Sofia Vergara, and Ed Westwick.

Its organizing committee includes Rich Battista (Founder & CEO, Snakkle), Laura Fox, Ted Harbert (Chairman, NBC Broadcasting), Andrew and Ellen Hauptman (Chair/Co-Chair, Andell, Inc), Hannah Minghella (President of Production, Columbia Pictures), Dawn Ostroff (President of Entertainment, Conde Naste), David Shaheen (Managing Director, J.P. Morgan), Stacey Snider (Co-Chairman & CEO, DreamWorks Studios) and Kevin Tsujihara (President, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group).

The event's sponsors include The Hauptman Family Foundation, Beats by Dr. Dre, Interscope Records, Microsoft, People Magazine, ARAMARK, Disney, DreamWorks, E!, OPI, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, JCPenney, Twentieth Century Fox, National Football League and the Food Network, among others.

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More than 1,000 people attended last year’s event, which raised $1 million for the organization’s programs. During the 2010-2011 school year, the organization found that 79% of its public school students who were tutored by its corps members raised their grades in math or English.

For more information on City Year or for tickets to the 2nd Annual Spring Break: Destination Education event, visit their website.

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