WHEN PASSION MEETS ACTION...
You get Dan and Tia Walker. The community activators have a heartbeat for helping people and work hard to build a legacy not only for their children but also for Los Angeles communities long forgotten by others.
A community is only as great as the residents who are willing to invest in it. The Walkers are passionate leaders setting a robust example for others that want to empower their communities. Their company, Walker Family Events (WFE), seeks to address the needs of cities like Compton and Inglewood through education, awareness, music, and art.
“We believe that community issues are addressed most effectively by developing and sustaining lasting partnerships between residents, local organizations, academic institutions, and government.”
Through WFE, the visionaries host community events that raise money for local organizations as a means to boost pride in one’s city. Their first major community event, Inglewood Festival of the Arts, is happening Saturday, September 7th at Edward Vincent Jr., Park in Inglewood.
Tia and Dan use their events platform to build the partnerships necessary to affect positive change in places traditionally known as troubled areas. Working with members of the community, they strive to open the lines of communication between families and local agencies in order to provide networking opportunities that help improve the quality of life for all involved.
“Inglewood is an iconic city that is undergoing major changes. Some residents and businesses have been left feeling swept away and forgotten. They need to know that they are the heart and soul of Inglewood and that people do care about them.”
With a goal to inspire residents to be civically involved in their neighborhoods, and creating a designated area at each event called “It Takes a Village” the Walkers are bridging the gap between concerned residents that love their communities and disconnected city leadership.
“Our core value is unity. No matter if it’s at work, at home, or in sports, unity is what holds everything together. Nothing works well without it.”
Along with raising their children to be strong and humble individuals, the Walkers have philanthropic goals that include providing more opportunities and building housing for veterans as well as teaching young people the value of having an impeccable work ethic.
“We want our children to learn that they can’t sit around waiting for things to change. We want our events to help people see that there really is strength in numbers.”
The Walkers’ mission is to revive communities, empower residents and remind people how important their individual contributions are to the world. With determination and purposeful connections, they are doing just that; one event at a time.
Walker Family Events Foundation dba Inglewood Festival of the Arts (“WFEF:IFA”) is operating through a fiscal sponsorship with Players Philanthropy Fund
(Federal Tax ID: 27-6601178), a Maryland charitable trust with federal tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Contributions to WFEF:IFA are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.