A San Marino family is contributing to the legacy created by a San Marino legend – unbeknownst to the couple when the philanthropy began earlier this summer.
Dr. Anson Yew and his wife Dr. Christine Yew opened in June Exhale Unlimited, an art gallery located in Chinatown to benefit the LAMP Community in skid row. Anson Yew was pleasantly shocked when told by this reporter that Lamp Community was founded in 1985 by San Marino resident and previous Tribune Publisher Frank Rice.
Yew admittedly experienced a mid-life crisis and instead of buying a sports car, opened an art gallery to help non-profit organizations.
This Saturday night, November 17, Exhale Unlimited presents an exclusive viewing of ‘The Outsiders’ for San Marino friends and residents. The exhibition will feature select paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures created by artists living with intellectual disabilities from the ECF Art Centers, mental illness from the Lamp Community or in homelessness.
“There will be a 20% discount on all artwork for those who attend the event,” said the Yews. “Profits from artwork sales will benefit artists directly as well as help support ECF and Lamp art programs. The evening will also host entertainment from the San Marino residents including Michele Prappas and Richard Seymour.”
Exhale Unlimited is located at 953 Chung King Road in Los Angeles. The gallery will be open for the exhibition from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Originally known as L.A.M.P. (Los Angeles men’s POlace), the Lamp Community was founded in 1985 by Mr. Rice, a veteran executive of Bullock’s department stores, previous San Marino school board president and owner and co-Publisher along with his wife, Dorothy of the San Marino Tribune. Mr. Rice died in 1999 at the age of 82, leaving his legacy serving the homeless through Lamp Community, whose mission is to end homelessness among Los Angeles’ most vulnerable individuals, primarily adults with mental illness, through a continuum of services and housing, enabling them to reach their highest level of self-sufficiency and community integration.
Rice frequently stated it was his goal to give homeless men a place where they could get back on their feet; search for a job, establish a mailing addrress and have somewhere they could use as home base, to store their prescription medications and re-build their lives.
Exhale Unlimited is a social justice enterprise committed to supporting non-profit organizations and their programs by offering services and creating partnership opportunities to increase their visibility, outreach, and fundraising.
Pay parking lots are located at the north end of Chung King Rd. as well as in Bamboo Plaza across the street. Metered street parking is also available. For more information, go to exhaleunlimited.com.
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