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The Arts Empower Underserved Youth in the United States and Mexico


Los Angeles, CA — September 12, 2016 — Arts for a Better Tomorrow (ABT) is holding its first annual fundraising event on Sunday, September 25, 2016, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. This cocktail reception will benefit the youth that ABT serves.

ABT is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by actor and director José Yenque who saw “a need to address the transition into adulthood of abandoned youth, using the arts as tools for understanding life.” This vision was based on Yenque’s own experience and personal growth through the performance arts. Although the organization was officially established in 2014, it has existed almost since the moment that Yenque visited Tijuana, while participating as an actor in the Oscar-winning film Traffic (2000). 

ABT workshops emphasize the transformational power of the arts. A team of professionals from a wide array of disciplines developed ABT’s programs and curriculum. Youth in Tijuana orphanages
and in high-risk areas of Los Angeles have participated enthusiastically. Through videoconferencing, youth on both sides of the border build an international camaraderie and support system. 

ABT seeks to provide a solid educational, therapeutic, and social integration platform so that its young participants acquire both personal and occupational skills. Every student is given the tools to better prepare for life, thus becoming active, functional, and self-sufficient members of society. 

SUR Restaurant and Lounge (612 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069), will host the evening event. The venue is the backdrop of Bravo TV’s highly acclaimed series “Vander Pump Rules” and “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” There will be video screenings featuring ABT supporters and a special recognition ceremony of transborder community leaders, activists, and humanitarians, including Enrique Morones (Border Angels founder), Richard Cabral (Emmy award nominated actor, FOX’s Lethal Weapon and Humanitarian), Andy Rodriguez (filmmaker) and Matt Sorum (Grammy award winning and Rock N Roll Hall of Fame musician, Velvet Revolver, The Cult and Adopt The Arts co-founder) and RJ Mitte (AMC’s Breaking Bad, Ambassador United Cerebral Palsy and Shriner’s Hospital).

Suggested donation is $25 per person. For more information, please contact Tony Resendiz

at (213) 292-0336/ or visit




Contact:     Tony Resendiz

Phone:    (213) 292-0336


Date:    September 12, 2016


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