FRCF Launches Mental Health Programming in California for First Responders’ Families

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Contact: Joanna Black, (646) 912-2681

First Responders Children’s Foundation to officially launch its Resiliency Program, a mental health program designed to support the children of first responders, in California. The foundation will also be presenting awards to the Los Angeles Fire Department, Malibu Search & Rescue, and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
When: 6:45 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, 2022 
Where: The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills, West End Roof Top, 1020 North San Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069
First Responders Children’s Foundation President & CEO Jillian Crane
LAFD Chief Kristin M. Crowley  
LAPD Chief Michael Moore 
LA County Fire Chief Anthony Marrone
LA Dodgers Vice President for External Affairs & Community Relations Naomi Rodriguez
LAFD and LACFD Honor Guard
Special Guests and Presenters:
Ben Vereen, actor, dancer, and singer, FRCF Advisory Board Member. Recognizing Malibu Search & Rescue 
Harper Grae, Singer/Songwriter and Rising Star. Performing God Bless America.
What: First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF) will be hosting its very first West Coast event on September 29, 2022 at the London West Hollywood hotel. The organization will be formally launching its Resiliency Program in California. The program provides expert mental and behavioral health counseling at no cost to first responder families. The program was developed to help first responders’ children manage, process and deal with a range of emotional challenges specific to their unique needs. In addition to California, FRCF also offers the counseling program in Florida, New York, Tennessee and Texas and has plans to expand to additional states in the near future. 
LAFD Chief Kristen M. Crowley and LA County Fire Chief Anthony Marrone will give remarks. 
FRCF will also be celebrating first responder heroes from the region. Public Service Hero Awards will be presented to:
● The Los Angeles Fire Department, COVID-19 Division – The temporary division set up one of the nation’s largest testing and vaccination sites at Dodger stadium, tested 4.5 million residents, and vaccinated another 1.5 million people in the heat of the pandemic. 
● Malibu Search and Rescue, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department – The all volunteer squad regularly performs heroic actions, saving many lives. 
● Los Angeles Dodgers – The Dodgers organization will be receiving FRCF’s Corporate Hero Award for their work in aiding the greater Los Angeles community. At the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the organization donated its facilities at Dodger stadium making the venue the world’s largest testing and vaccination facility.
About the First Responders Children’s Foundation
For over 20 years, FRCF has created programs that address the needs of children and their families struggling with the hardships that often accompany life with a first responder parent. Founded in 2001 during the immediate aftermath of 9/11 for the 800 surviving children and their families whose first responder parents were lost or injured that day, FRCF focuses on four key program areas: Scholarships; Financial Assistance Grants; a Mental Health Resiliency Program; and Community Engagement. Today, we are a national foundation, impacting over 400,000 children and family members of first responders.
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