Will & Cara Smith Foundation
A non-profit organization focused on providing a better opportunity for children in the Los Angeles & Louisville communities⚾️💙
The group provides free weekend retreats at their site by Barren River Lake for families of children with developmental and physical disabilities. Host families provide love and support for those families, encouragement that often carries on for years with other Barren Heights events.
Founded in 1995, the official charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers was formed by then-Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley. In 2012, a group of investors, led by Mark Walter, purchased the Los Angeles Dodgers. Walter arrived with ambitions that were bigger than baseball; he wanted the team’s charity to grow — to reach all of Los Angeles — and become an example to other sports teams worldwide. Under this new ownership group, we have increased fundraising by 1,000% and invested more than $23 million in our programs and grants. More than 10,000 participate annually in our baseball and softball youth development program, Dodgers RBI, and we’ve completed 51 new Dreamfields citywide providing over 368,000 youth have access to a Dreamfield in their neighborhood.
To promote self-confidence and healthy lifestyle choices among today's youth.
In 2016, Justin and his wife Kourtney founded the Justin Turner Foundation whose mission is to support homeless veterans, children (and their families) battling life-altering illnesses and diseases and various youth baseball organizations. Through their efforts, the Dream Center is able to support and provide housing for 26 male veterans. Following the success of the program, the Turners were able to assist with the opening of the female Veterans programs, which provides housing and support for 18 women. Additionally, since its' founding, the JTF has provided over 70,000 toys and 14,000 bicycles to children in the Los Angeles area through its' holiday giving efforts. JTF partnered with the Dream Center through the Covid-19 pandemic to assist their drive-thru & walk-up food & essentials line. In an effort to support both local restaurants & Angelinos in need, JTF placed bulk meal orders to be distributed on the daily line throughout 2020. Also, Justin & Kourtney have been a major supporter and participant of the AM570 Radio-a-Thon supporting the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the DC Veterans Program. Turner not only makes community appearances on behalf of the Dodgers, but frequently schedules his own visits to CHLA, Cedars-Sinai, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital and the Dream Center.
A leading children's hospital, St. Jude treats the toughest childhood cancers and pediatric diseases.