Mark it on your calendar, WE Day California is coming to the Los Angeles Forum April 19.
When you think of changing the world, what do you imagine? Do you see hardhats and hammers or boardrooms? Do you picture your local community or a village abroad? Whatever you envision, one thing is for certain: people are the focus.
Come April 19th, the Los Angeles Forum will play host to thousands of people—students, educators (take a bow WE Schools!) and families—who have done more than just see future-building action in their mind’s eye; they’ve actualized it.
An event held in honour of the tenacious social advocates and tireless volunteers who make up California’s potent pack of change-makers, this is WE Day.
And wait until you hear the lineup! With a host beloved by fans since they first met him as Uncle Jesse on Full House (we love you, John Stamos!) and a collection of onstage guests ranging from stars of television’s most popular shows (think Lonnie Chavis from This Is Us) to music royalty (hey, Selena Gomez! Hey, Dierks Bentley!) to the personalities behind your top YouTube bookmarks (Connor Franta all day) to returning talent including model Winnie Harlow, entertainment is guaranteed. Throw in inspirational speeches and the fact that the audience have to earn their way to WE Day though volunteer hours, and you’ve got yourself a transformational event.
Now, to stir up anticipation for the big day (as if you weren’t already excited enough), we’ve rounded up just a few of the performers and speakers set to take the Forum stage April 19th.
Currently on a world tour promoting their latest album Memories…Do Not Open, The Chainsmokers know how to pump up a packed stadium. Really, what else would you expect from the winners of Best Dance Recording (“Don’t Let Me Down”) at the 2017 Grammy Awards? They also happen to be old hands at charity work. A peek at their past activities will reveal everything from collaborations with nonprofit organizations including F–k Cancer (a foundation dedicated to cancer research and prevention) to headlining the Made in America festival, which partners with charities to initiate positive impacts on the festival grounds and beyond. Chart-toppers with social conscience, the EDM duo is sure to bring as much heart as talent to the stage.
With a charity resume as long as her celebrated career in film and television, Jennifer Aniston is a testament to the impact one person can make when they give back to a community of causes. Dating back to 2010, when she stepped up to participate in the Hope for Haiti telethon (which raised $58 million for earthquake victims) on top of donating $500,000 to Haiti Relief, this Golden Globe award-winning actress has been active with both local and global charities. On the board for the Lili Claire Foundation—an organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with Williams syndrome, autism, Down syndrome and other similar disorders—and an ambassador for Key to the Cure (Saks Fifth Avenue’s annual fundraising campaign to combat cancer), we can’t wait to see this veteran change-maker step into the spotlight and share the cause close to her heart.
Actress, multi-platinum recording artist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Selena Gomez has become a staple at WE Day California. Since 2014, when she first took the WE Day stage in Oakland and opened up about the crossroads in her life, we’ve been hooked. Last year she was host of the show; this year, the artist will be taking the stage to raise awareness around an issue near and dear to her. Having undergone a kidney transplant last fall due to lupus—a chronic autoimmune disease—she has a close connection to efforts led by organizations such as Lupus Research Alliance. A women with a cause, as always, audiences can expect this role model to reinvigorate their passion for charity.
If you’re a fan of Will Ferrell, you likely have November 9th circled on your calendar already, in anticipation of his winter film release Holmes and Watson. Known for comedic roles like the one he takes on in this joke-laced take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic mystery series (rounded out by an all-star cast including John C. Reilly, Rebecca Hall and Ralph Fiennes), the actor also has a serious side that lends itself to charity. That said, he knows how to make giving back as entertaining as his screen work. Take his HBO special Ferrell Takes the Field, which sees him pulling laughs as he assumes field positions on 10 different Major League baseball teams, while simultaneously raising awareness around the efforts of Cancer for College, an organization founded to help support young cancer survivors through scholarships. New to the WE Day stage, we’re more than eager to welcome him to the big show.
Whether she’s representing the WE movement on the blue carpet or treating audiences to an electrifying musical performance, Sofia Carson is a fan favourite in WE Day cities across North America. Beloved by Disney audiences for the Descendants series (psst … Descendants 3 premieres in the summer of 2019!), the singer/actress is as noteworthy for her onscreen credits as she is for her offscreen charity initiatives. Just last October, she headlined the T.J. Martell Foundation’s 8th Annual Los Angeles Family Day, where she helped raise funds for pediatric cancer research at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Come April 19th, the young Hollywood star will once again put her vocal talents toward charity, this time in the name of WE and young change-makers making a difference in the local California community and beyond.