HFPA Makes Biggest-Ever Donation to Fund L.A. City College

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Wednesday that the org has pledged a donation of $2 million to the Los Angeles City College Foundation for the community college’s Cinema and Television Department.

To commemorate the gift, the department will be called the HFPA Center for Cinema and Television at Los Angeles City College. This donation is the largest ever made by the HFPA, outdoing the org’s previous high of $350,000 to the Film Foundation.

“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is excited to donate this contribution to the Los Angeles City College Film & TV Department,” HFPA president Theo Kingma said in a statement. “We are dedicated to providing resources to students who have a passion for the film and television industry, so they can become the next great generation of writers, producers, cinematographers, and directors. This is much more than a donation, this is a commitment to these young scholars for many years to come.”

The donated funds will go toward upgrading the school’s facilities in the studio, post-production and theater areas. The money will also furnish the implementation of new annual scholarships.

“The LACC Foundation is truly honored to be the recipient of this extraordinary gift from the Hollywood Foreign Press,” LACCF executive director Robert Schwartz said in a statement. “This donation will be transformational in its impact, not only in the upgrade of facilities at the college’s cinema and television program, but also in the effect that this will have on the lives of the more than 1,500 students who will study at the HFPA Center for Cinema and Television each semester.”

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