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Gala for the Children

Each year, our Gala for the Children brings together APCH’s long standing supporters as well as new friends to celebrate our children and raise critical funds to support the organization.

It is a fun and meaningful evening dedicated to understanding our mission, meeting our young people, enjoying APCH music and dance, and sharing the company of our Board of Directors and fellow donors and investors in the lives of the youth and families we serve.

This year, our Gala was on December 5th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. We had a fantastic program and honored Arturo Sneider and David Sameth.

December 5, 2018
Beverly Hilton Hotel

5:30 pm Gala Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction
7:00 pm Dinner, Awards, and Entertainment

Each night begins with a cocktail party and extensive silent auction that includes fantastic, once in a lifetime experiences, trips, rare wines, sports tickets, artwork, jewelry, and more.

Once seated, guests are treated to stories from our APCH families, music from luminaries like Stevie Wonder and Gavin Rossdale, and heartfelt remarks from our Board Chair, Executive Director and our annual honorees.


Arturo Sneider
Founding Partner and CEO of Primestor Development, Inc.
Community Builder Award

More about Mr. Sneider

Arturo Sneider is founding partner and CEO of Primestor Development, Inc. His primary responsibilities include sourcing and project inception, conceptual design, capital structuring and corporate management.

With a strong focus in largely underserved communities, his mission has been to empower and transform overlooked communities through strong investment, local hiring, local engagement and entrepreneurial business development. In 2008 he was recognized with the HUB Cities Business Leadership Award, in 2009 with the S.E.A. Business Pioneer Award, 2010 as the Latino Business of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal, 2011 Business Person of the Year by the Florence-Firestone Chamber of Commerce, 2012 Hammer of Hope by Habitat for Humanity, 2015 Humanitarian award by the Harmony Project, 2016 Businessperson of the Year by The Greater Huntington Park Chamber of Commerce.

Since 1990, Mr. Sneider has transacted in dozens of existing, redeveloped and ground-up projects involving complex structured finance, tax increment financing, municipal bonding, and public- private partnerships leading to projects employing thousands of local neighborhood jobs. Ground-up projects have been located in California, Illinois, Nevada, Florida and Arizona with an aggregate cost basis of nearly three quarters of a billion dollars.

Mr. Sneider was founding Chair of the Underserved Markets Initiative of ICSC, Board Member/Trustee of ICSC, Board Member/Director of the L.A. County Capital Asset Leasing Corporation, Board Member of Alternative Living for the Aging and EXPO Center of Los Angeles. He has served as an advisor to Los Angeles’ Economic Development Department, Board Member of the Los Angeles Development Advisory Committee and is a frequent speaker for the Urban Land Institute (ULI), International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), California Contract Cities Association (CCCA), the Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives (ACRE), LuskCenter for Real Estate/USC and the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED). Mr. Sneider was born in Mexico City.

Arturo has been a friend to A Place Called Home for many years, and with our shared mission to improve the quality of life for families in low-income neighborhoods, we are extremely pleased to be acknowledging him with the 2018 Community Builder award!

David Sameth
President, Worldwide Marketing at Paramount Pictures
Children’s Inspiration Award

More about Mr. Sameth

As President of Worldwide Marketing for Paramount Pictures, David Sameth oversees all aspects of marketing for Paramount releases. Since joining Paramount this year, those titles have included A Quiet Place, Book Club, and Mission: Impossible – Fallout. David began his career in motion picture advertising at Intralink Film Graphic Design. Later, as an executive at Universal Pictures, he ran the advertising campaigns for Field of Dreams, Do the Right Thing, Jurassic Park, and Schindler’s List. He then joined DreamWorks SKG, where as Head of Creative Advertising, his campaigns included Gladiator, American Beauty, Shrek 1 and 2, Saving Private Ryan, The Ring, Madagascar, Old School, Catch Me If You Can, and Anchorman. While at DreamWorks, he also served as second unit director on the Steven Spielberg miniseries Taken. In 2009, he joined Disney, and as Executive Vice President, Head of Theatrical Marketing for Disney Animation Studios and Pixar, he oversaw all aspects of marketing for titles including Toy Story 3, Tangled, Cars 2, The Muppets, Brave, Wreck-It Ralph, Monsters University, Frozen, Big Hero 6, Inside Out, Zootopia, Finding Dory, Moana and Coco.

David has always appreciated and been guided by the love and support of his family. His wife Meg Jolley has been a faculty member of the Pomona College Dance/Theater Department for many years, and their son Mack and daughter Emma are also creative souls on their own journeys which he’s been enormously proud to watch.

David has been a longtime supporter of A Place Called Home and we are very excited to be able to acknowledge his care and his investment in the youth and families we serve by presenting him with the 2018 Children’s Inspiration award.

Another big thank you to our sponsors


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