LA Dinner 2017

An Evening with Thomas L. Friedman and Common Sense
Sunday, October 15, 2017

Bel-Air Bay Club
16801 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Common Sense invites you to an intimate evening with Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. The internationally renowned reporter will discuss his latest book, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, and explain how the global pace of change over the past decade -- in technology, the market, and the climate -- affects how we live, work, learn, and raise our kids.

Join our fifth annual Los Angeles fundraiser, which this year takes place at sunset along the Pacific Ocean. During cocktail hour, guests can mingle with friends while sampling a curated selection of Virtual Reality experiences. After Mr. Friedman's remarks, he will join a fireside chat with Common Sense founder and CEO Jim Steyer, moderated by CNBC Senior Media and Entertainment Correspondent Julia Boorstin.


5:30 p.m. Virtual Reality Bar + Cocktails
6:00 p.m. Buffet Dinner
6:45 p.m. Program
8:00 p.m. Coffee + Dessert

Your Support Matters

Since 2003, Common Sense has been a trusted resource for the parents, educators, and advocates who help kids thrive in the digital age. In 2017, we're taking that commitment to new heights (and virtual realities) to ensure that, no matter what the future holds, all kids can grow up to be responsible and effective digital learners and citizens. With your support we can provide Los Angeles schools serving low-income families our award-winning digital literacy and citizenship program, comprehensive teacher training, family engagement materials, and more. Above all, we are committed to providing parents and educators with the tools they need to help every kid harness technology for learning and life.


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Hero: $50,000
Advocate: $25,000
Luminary: $10,000
Entrepreneur: $5,000
Tutor: $2,500
Patron: $1,250
Individual: $375

For more information, contact Lisa Solomon
[email protected]

Common Sense Media is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (FEIN 41-2024986). All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.


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Stefanie Huie and David Lee


Debbe and Peter Adamson
Mia Riverton Alpert and David Alpert
Charmaine and Sean Bailey
Kathy and Amb. Frank Baxter
Lorraine and Joe Berchtold
Sheila and Mark Bolour
Reveta and Bob Bowers
Marcy Carsey
Amy and James Childress
Aileen Adams and Geoff Cowan
Kathy and John Choi
Susanne and Greg Daniels
Daun and Dan Dees
Georgia and Breck Eisner
Emily Liu Foy and Clinton Foy
Mary and George Garvey
Ann and Jim Gianopulos
Ellen Bronfman Hauptman and Andrew Hauptman
Joan and David Hill
Sarah and Jeff Hughes
Claudia Kahn
Nathalie and Doug Kunin
Susan and Scott Lord
Tracy and John Mallory
Lucinda and Greg Mariscal
Sue Naegle
Cara and Paul Natterson
Michelle and Michael O'Brien
Eve and Seth Rodsky
Kathleen and Chip Rosenbloom
Eli and Ken Selden
Karen Kehela and Ben Sherwood
Tara and Scott Sorensen
Baudelia and Brett Taylor
Angie Ruiz Terbeek and Mark Terbeek
Mike Tollin
Laura Fox and Ben Van de Bunt
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