TAM hosts The Compton Initiative’s 10th Anniversary Fundraising Gala

10th Anniversary Fundraising Gala

October 22 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00pm   l   $100

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The Compton Initiative is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 with a 40-year commitment to restore the City of Compton by painting homes, schools and churches on quarterly workdays in partnership with individual volunteers and other organizations. Starting with a small group of volunteers eager to show love and inspire hope, we’ve grown to thousands of caring workers of all ages and backgrounds in yellow shirts who serve across the city. We offer community organizations, service groups and non-profits an opportunity to make a sustainable impact in Compton by instilling a sense of care and pride within each neighborhood.

Proceeds from this event directly benefit our quarterly beautification events, which cost from $288,000-$300,000 annually.  Your sponsorship will impact the lives of countless children and adults living in substandard conditions within Compton’s city limits. When you sponsor the 10th Anniversary Fundraising Gala, you provide financial support to help with painting, debris removal, yard work and graffiti removal at homes, churches and public spaces throughout Compton.

Since 2006, we’ve beautified over 573 homes, 372 buildings at 30 schools, 35 church buildings, 31 public spaces, 2 medical clinics and 134 murals. With each beautification event, grateful residents marvel as their homes go from dull to vibrant in just a few hours, and astonished students return to freshly painted schools and a new sense of pride.

The 10th Anniversary Fundraising Gala will be our first community event at the Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum, a grassroots nonprofit venue bringing aviation history to life and empowering the dreams of youth to take flight in South Los Angeles. The event begins at 5:30 pm with live music and entertainment in the airport hangar. Guests will meet community leaders, enjoy delicious food, and can take part in a silent auction featuring sports memorabilia, travel packages, and more. Individual tickets for this event are $100 and sponsorship begins at $1,500.

We take pride in hosting this special evening in Compton. Our attendees are an ethnically diverse, well educated, community active crowd. The age range of attendees is 18-70+, which includes city leadership, individual donors, corporate sponsors, and community partners. We expect over 250 guests to attend.

Please direct all questions to Terri Herrema, Director of Fund Development: terri.herrema@justdogood.org

October 21, 2016  /  No Comments ››

Discover LA with Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum

Thanks to an ace helicopter pilot, Compton/Woodley Airport is home to a new generation of leaders. It’s a stone’s throw from the childhood homes of Dr. Dre and Ice Cube; Venus and Serena Williams trained to become champions on the tennis courts at the end of the runway. “Compton chose me,” Petgrave demurs. “It’s the neighborhood where the kids can have the most access to me. It’s kind of cool that it’s my job to change somebody’s direction in life. A lot of people go to work to make money, but I get to go to work and make a difference.”

Check out the full article here

August 19, 2016  /  No Comments ››

Isaiah Cooper flies into the record books

At 9:00 am on July 18th Isaiah Cooper became the youngest African American to pilot an airplane around the continental United States of America.  Overcoming severe weather in Wyoming, Isaiah persevered and completed his epic adventure.  After traveling over 8000 miles from Compton, to Washington, to Maine, to Florida, he returns home to celebrate this accomplishment.  As Isaiah’s sponsoring organization, TAM is hosting a welcome home party on September 24th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Held in our unique hangar and museum space at 961 W Alondra Blvd on the Compton/Woodley airport we celebrate this astounding achievement.

Isaiah now sets his sights on a Guinness World Record breaking attempt to be the youngest person to fly solo around the Earth at age 18. This welcome home party not only celebrates a victory in aviation history, but makes Isaiah’s ultimate goal much more achievable.  Single seats, tables for 10 guests, and sponsorship packages are available.

August 13, 2016  /  No Comments ››

Online magazine, MEL, writes positive profile piece

Where Compton Learns to Fly

Going for a ride in with Robin Petgrave, founder of Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum


MEL sent photographer Jared Ryder to hang out with Robin Petgrave, who made a living piloting helicopters for movie shoots — once in Dr. Dre’s backyard — before dedicating himself full-time to charitable pursuits: namely, teaching youth to fly as founder and executive director of Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum in Compton, CA.

See the full story here: https://features.wearemel.com/where-compton-learns-to-fly-d8848b988a8e#.7047hy3fz




July 14, 2016  /  No Comments ››

TAM Helps Bring In the Holidays

Children received gifts and took part in fun activities during TAM's holiday celebrations.

TAM held its annual Christmas party on Dec. 19, where children got the opportunity to take in the spirit of the holidays. The party, held in TAM’s hangar, entertained guests with activities such as face-painting and other games, and also received gifts that were donated in order for children to have something to enjoy this holiday season.

TAM's Christmas Party held on Dec. 12 at Long Beach's Hyatt Regency Hotel provided guests with live entertainment and gifts donated for children.

Prior to the party held in TAM’s hangar, TAM Executive Director Robin Petgrave also held a Christmas party at The Hyatt Regency Hotel in Long Beach on Dec. 12. Guests were treated to refreshments and live entertainment, courtesy of artists such as Jon Gibson and comedian Alex Thomas.

All proceeds from both events went to benefit TAM’s STEM (Science, Technology, English and Mathematics) initiatives toward schools throughout the city of Compton.

Face-painting was one of the many activities held at TAM's Christmas parties.

January 5, 2015  /  No Comments ››