Friday, November 04, 2011

Carlos Mencia, Cheech Marin and Tony Plana Come Together to Raise Funds for Language Programs in Schools

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 31, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Celebrities, golfers and comedy lovers will come together at the Second Annual "Language in Play" Celebrity Golf Tournament and Comedy Concert to benefit The East L.A. Classic Theatre (ECT) on Thursday, November 10, at the Pacific Palms Resort in the City of Industry. The daylong event will benefit ECT's highly acclaimed language arts programs in Southern California schools and is set to begin at 9 a.m. with golf, followed by the comedy concert and dinner at 5:30 p.m., Tickets are available for the all-day activities or only for the comedy concert that includes dinner.

The tourney will get underway with a red carpet VIP welcome, continue with golfing with the stars, and culminate with the comedy of Carlos Mencia and participation by celebrities and special guests from the worlds of entertainment, education, business and government. Celebrities confirmed to date include: Oscar de la Hoya, Edward James Olmos, Maria Conchita Alonso, Elizabeth Pena, Erik Estrada, Jenny Gago, Antonio Sabato, Jr., Esai Morales, Raymond Cruz, Yancey Arias, Emilio Rivera, Yvonne Delarosa, Valente Rodriguez, Joey Medina, Carrie Reichenbach, Paul Gonzalez, Cindy Vela, and Dennis Leoni.

"Arts in education not only transforms the lives of young people, it transforms education itself. By teaching kinesthetically through the arts at the most vulnerable time in their lives, we are able to educate the whole child, exploring self-awareness, developing a capacity for imagination, and connecting children with their true talents," says Tony Plana, Executive Artistic Director of the organization.

ECT is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Department of Cultural Affairs for the City of Los Angeles, Citigroup Foundation, Lynwood Unified School District, Bank of America, AT&T, White Memorial Medical Center, The Department of Education, and Center Theatre Group along with individual contributors.

The Pacific Palms Resort is located at 1 Industry Hills Pkwy, City Of Industry, 91744. Golf packages being at $250, and the comedy concert and dinner tickets are $50. For more information, tickets, registration and sponsorships visit or contact ECT at (213) 572-0121 ext. 102.

About East L.A. Classic Theatre

The East L. A. Classic Theatre (ECT) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization incorporated in 1995 by actor Tony Plana and other Latino artists. ECT integrates professional actors into English language development programs in an engaging, culturally relevant and comprehensive manner as part of the school curriculum and through after-school programs. As the only Latino based Theater Company that offers professionally performed Shakespeare adapted for youth in underserved communities of color, ECT has been able to provide interactive, curriculum-aligned, contemporary productions that compliment current educational mandates. In the greater metropolitan area of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, and Riverside counties, ECT has provided employment to more than 600 actors, has facilitated literacy development to more than 20,000 at-risk children, and has performed for over 250,000 students and families. For more information about ECT visit or call (213) 572-0121.

SOURCE The East L.A. Classic Theatre

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