Corporations Come Forward and Save Beyond the Bell Golf Classic

 LOS ANGELES (July 9 , 2015) – Just one day after the Beyond the Bell Branch of the Los Angeles Unified School District announced that it had pulled out of hosting the eighth annual Beyond the Bell Golf Classic at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, phones were ringing and donations began coming in.

“There are good people in this world,” said Alvaro Cortés, Beyond the Bell’s executive director. “I was ecstatic to receive two morning calls from donors who were willing to cover our deposit from the golf club. I am still calling people back who want to help.”

Wetzel’s Pretzels and developer Rick Caruso, founder and chief executive officer of Caruso Affiliated, each contributed $7,500 to the District’s program.

“As an entrepreneurial-managed company, we understand how the sudden loss of thousands of dollars could have a negative impact, and Wetzel's Pretzels is proud to make this donation to Beyond the Bell and the programs it supports,” said Bill Phelps, the company’s co-founder and chief executive officer. “As a Los Angeles-based company, this was especially personal for us with close to half our stores serving the local Southern California area.”

Cortés thanked Phelps, and Caruso, a developer and philanthropist, for their generosity.

“It is wonderful to know there are people who care about our kids,” he said.

Beyond the Bell operates before-and after-school programs, including Camp Skyhook, an outdoor classroom located in the Angeles National Forest. The facility is named for the Skyhook Foundation, founded by NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a strong advocate for the District’s youths.

“Trump National Golf Club’s refusal to return the deposit for LAUSD’s annual fundraiser may result in the loss of 300 under-privileged fourth and fifth graders who will not be able to attend Camp Skyhook," said basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. “Having to scramble and relocate the venue for this charitable event will divert substantial resources from implementing our programs and will likely reduce our fundraising revenue which we rely on to cover program costs for Camp Skyhook."

About Beyond the Bell Branch
Beyond the Bell Branch (BTB) is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second largest school district in the nation. The boundaries spread over 720 square miles and include the mega-city of Los Angeles as well as all or parts of 31 smaller municipalities plus several unincorporated sections of Southern California. BTB offers award winning out-of-school time (before and after school and Saturdays) programs at the elementary, middle, and high school level to more than 100,000 students every day. BTB’s mission is to ensure that all children and youth in LAUSD have access to free, high quality, safe, and supervised academic, enrichment, and recreation programs that inspire learning and achievement beyond the regular school day. For more information visit or TWITTER @LASCHOOLS @BTBLA.

About Camp Skyhook at Clear Creek
Camp Skyhook is an immersive, hands-on experience for fourth and fifth graders to inspire them in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) learning, sponsored by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Skyhook Foundation in collaboration with the Los Angeles Unified School District. Children go on a five-day adventure in the Angeles National Forest where nature itself becomes a multi-dimensional, multi-sensory experience. For more information visit


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