• I am moved by people with strong passion.  Theresa Gartland, Executive Director of Operation Progress, is one of those people. During a recent trip to Los Angeles, Ms. Gartland took me on a tour of the gang ridden neighborhoods of Watts to show me first-hand why Operation Progress is so necessary. Their mission, as an organization, is to identify, improve and invest in the potential of students. This important work will hopefully be a model for other inner city programs as well!


    Caruso Family Foundation To Announce Initiatives in Support of Students in L.A.’s Watts Neighborhood, Through Operation Progress.

    Los Angeles (November 03, 2013) – Recognizing the needs of one of L.A.’s most vibrant yet challenged communities, and embracing the belief that education is the foundation for lifelong success,Rick and Tina Caruso, of the Caruso Family Foundation, will announce an significant initiative to provide assistance for at-risk youth in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles.

    The initiative will be anchored by Operation Progress (www.OperationProgress.org), a nonprofit program established in 2000 by a group of Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers in the Southeast Division who fight gang crime in South Los Angeles, specifically the community of Watts. Operation Progress consists of an “ecosystem” of partners working in concert to provide a comprehensive support system for at-risk youth.

    WHAT: Press Conference: Announcement of Operation Progress LA Ecosystem

    WHEN: Wednesday, November 6th at 1:00 pm

    WHO: Rick J. Caruso (Caruso Family Foundation and Caruso Affiliated), Chief Charlie Beck, Council member Joe Buscaino, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Father Bill Mueller, Steve Robinson, Janet Crown, among others.

    WHERE: Verbum Dei High School (Watts)11100 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA Pull into the Verbum Dei driveway, gate is located on the South side of theschool (Blue gate with yellow cross in the middle) If the gate is locked, stay thereand the receptionist will open it up. Drive down the driveway to the back parkinglot Parking will be available in the back parking lot

    MEDIA CONTACTS: Caruso Affiliated / Liz JaegerT: 323-900-8170E: LJaeger@carusoaffiliated.comHL Group / Jennifer ColeT: 646-572-0586

    E: JCole@hlgrp.com