Fundraising for the Learning Center


Fundraising at the Learning Center Pomona

While you can find $475,000 custom perfumes, $50,000 his-and-her amphibious water cruisers and a $344,500 limited edition Aston Martin Vanquish Volante in the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, one thing you won’t find is the ability to transform a young person’s life and setting them on the course for a successful and productive future.
The Learning Centers (TLC) at Fairplex is accepting holiday donations to help young, underprivileged people in the local community with an opportunity to broaden their horizons, learn something new, master a trade and fulfill their potential by donating to the program’s Annual Fund, announced Elin Dowd, TLC’s executive director.

“We have approximately 600 students go through our Career & Technical Education Center (CTEC) each year, which offers them the skills to become members of today’s workforce,” said Dowd, who said that CTEC is an arm of The Learning Centers at Fairplex. “If not for the generosity of our donors, many of them, due to circumstances beyond their control, might never have had the opportunity to succeed.

“With the holiday season upon us – a time for giving and spreading goodwill to others – now is the perfect time to support TLC’s Annual Fund,” she continued. “Donations help deserving students earn scholarships to pursue their education. Many of them do not have the resources, family structure or community support to find their way in the world. At TLC, we help them explore their talents and gifts.”

Among the programs is the Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts (AXC), an ideal program for those who possess an aptitude and passion for cars and want to learn everything from repairing brakes and chassis to electrical systems. Students of the Millard Sheets Art Center, meanwhile, are set to follow careers in the fine arts, graphic design and other artistic endeavors.

Beyond CTEC, TLC’s programs serve a wide range of young people beginning with the Child Development Center that offers early education to toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners; students from local schools who take advantage of FairKids Field Trips that open the doors to 150,000 students each year who learn everything from agriculture and history to math and sciences during the LA County Fair; and the Junior Fair Board Leadership Program that pairs 32 junior and senior high school scholarship students with local nonprofits to perform community service projects.

Donor support also enables TLC to attract highly skilled instructors who create a challenging and encouraging environment in each of our innovative educational programs.

“We hope that the public will find it in their hearts this holiday season to help us serve the young people in our community by supporting TLC’s Annual Fund,” said Dowd.

Those interested in supporting TLC’s Annual Fund should visit