Models of Pride is generously supported
by a grant from the Ernest Lieblich Foundation
Ernest Lieblich was an avid supporter of children and the arts for many decades. His contributions over the years supported diverse organizations dedicated to providing children with the tools of self-expression. Ernest was drawn to the arts at an early age when he would recite Shakespeare to his family at home in Germany. When he turned 16 his voice changed to a base baritone and he promptly started singing for any audience he could find.
As a young man, Ernest was caught in the tumult of World War II and although he had always supposed he would have a singing career, life found a safe haven for him in Portugal with his brother and sister. Years later Ernest emigrated to the United States, first landing in New York, and working as a busboy near the West Village. He soon got a job as a singing waiter in a Jewish resort for the summer.
Drafted into the army in the early 1940s, Ernest was trained as a combat engineer, but it was discovered he could play the organ and he was re-assigned to Los Angeles where he spent the duration of the war. Settling in Los Angeles after the war, Ernest began a long and successful business career culminating in his establishment of Food Craft, the pioneer in coffee and refreshment service for commercial businesses in Los Angeles.
Financial success allowed Ernest to pursue his love of the arts by supporting organizations that valued arts and education for children as a cornerstone to enriching children, families and society. Ernest was a strong supporter of more than 50 different organizations. We are proud to say that his legacy continues through his foundation’s support of Models of Pride.
We are extremely grateful to The Ernest Lieblich Foundation for their grant. But in order to sustain the legacy of outstanding opportunities for LGBTQ youth we need your support as well. Please contact us to inquire about sponsorship opportunities.
SPONSORS: Why should my company sponsor Models of Pride?
LifeWorks and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s prominent and affluent membership makes us a valuable partner for corporations that want to market their brands to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) consumers and to associate those brands with the life-saving work of the world’s largest LGBT organization. Click HERE for more information.
ADVERTISERS: Why should my company advertise in the Models of Pride program?
Attendance at the conference averages over 500 youth and last year there was more than 600 youth in attendance. Your business or organization will be exposed to the very important 12 to 24 youth demographic. Click HERE for more information.