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Los Angeles

April 4, 2019

Our first Los Angeles gala was an incredible night! We shared an inspiring evening looking back on our 20 years of impact and listening to our community’s dreams for the future. We honored Deborah & Brandon Shainfeld with the Spirit of Ubuntu Award for their deep commitment to our mission. We presented Latham & Watkins the Pathways Partner Award for their long-term support of Ubuntu and their impact on the children of South Africa. We partied with Mr. Chris Norton, danced to special music from LIVVIA, and heard a moving story from Nozi of her journey as a child growing up in South Africa.

Together, we launched of the next phase of our campus expansion where step by step, pathway by pathway, Ubuntu is changing the narrative of children born in the townships of Port Elizabeth. Thank you to our amazing host committee, gala chairs, and sponsors for making this first gala in LA an unforgettable night of dreams come true!

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Deborah And Brandon Shainfeld
Honoring Deborah & Brandon Shainfeld
Spirit of Ubuntu Award

Deborah and Brandon's deep commitment to Ubuntu Pathways has epitomized the philosophy of ubuntu–I am because you are. At our 20th Anniversary Gala in Los Angeles, we are proud to honor their impact on the organization and the children of South Africa.


Honoring Latham & Watkins – Pathway Partners

Latham & Watkins has been a key supporter of Ubuntu since day one. The firm has contributed millions of dollars in pro bono legal services and truly embraced our mission. Since incorporating Ubuntu 20 years ago, the Latham & Watkins global team has been among our most valued partnerships, and helped transform the lives of thousands of vulnerable children.

Host Committee

Fabiola Arredondo & Andrew Rolfe
Colin Cowie
David Fisher
Heather & Andrew Gitkin
Stephanie & Aaron Goldman
Jake Gyllenhaal
Donna Karan
Simon Kinberg
Kelsey & David Lamond
Stewart & Ruth Levine
Genna & Rob Liebesman
Claudia & Adrian Maizey
Dr. Monica Menell-Kinberg
Sienna Miller
Emma Roberts
Kyra Sedgwick & Kevin Bacon
Jessica & Brett Shainfeld
Joy & Bob Steinberg
Gina & Joey Warsavsky

Thank You to our Gala Sponsors

Event Sponsors

Chris Norton
Dom Pattinson
Flowers by Gina
Jessica Abo

Table Sponsors

Creative Arts Agency
Simon Kinberg
Kirsh Charitable Foundation
Latham & Watkins
Genna & Rob Liebesman
Lynda & Stewart Resnick
Romeo Power Technology
Deborah & Brandon Shainfeld