On Thursday, October 18th, 2018 PATH Ventures celebrated their 11th year by hosting their 11th Annual Holiday Jazz Night, an unforgettable evening of dinner, music, and fun at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, CA. The event featured Jazz Pianist and Composer, George Kahn with his all-star Jazz & Blues Revue. The 8-piece band features Courtney Lemmon, Gina Saputo and Crystal Starr on vocals, Robert Kyle on saxophone, Nolan Shaheed on trumpet, Gary Wicks on bass, Grammy-nominated MB Gordy on drums, and George Kahn as pianist/musical director.
With the help of a sold-out crowd, plus generous corporate sponsors including City National Bank, over $120,000 was donated to directly support affordable housing developments and support services in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Diego and San Jose. In the last 11 years PATH Ventures has built over 1,100 affordable housing units, and PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) has helped over 7,500 individuals “make it home”.
There are over 52,000 people living on the streets of Los Angeles County on any given night (based on the 2018 Los Angeles Homes Services Authority annual count). They are women with children, people struggling with serious health issues, war veterans, seniors, emancipated foster youth, and families who lost everything because of the recession or were displaced by rising rents. PATH Ventures’ housing models aim to prevent and end homelessness by integrating supportive services, community development and permanent housing for people in need.
When asked to explain why he does this annual event Kahn explained, “I am so honored to be a catalyst for this event, and I am so proud of my band for giving their time and energy and creating amazing music for the evening. I have friends that have spent time living on the street, and I know the feeling of being one paycheck away from being evicted. This is the least I can do to give back to the community that I have lived in for 40 years.”
For more information about PATH and PATH Ventures, please visit their website.