Youngsters perform Motown hits to raise funds for O.C. Family Justice Center

By Lou Ponsi

A group of talented youngsters performed a variety of Motown classics at the annual “Memorable Magical Motown Experience,” a fundraiser for the Orange County Family Justice Center (OCFJC), a multi-agency nonprofit that provides a variety of services to Orange County victims of domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse and sexual assaults.

Members of the OCFJC Youth Dance Program, along with students from La Serna High School of Whittier, performed dozens of songs in front of a cheering crowd at Pearson Park Amphitheatre in Anaheim on Saturday, July 21.

Lisa Kazakos, volunteer director of the dance program and wife of retired Anaheim PD Lt. James Kazakos, organized the show. Kazakos is the former president of the OCFJC Foundation.

Tickets to the Motown performance were $10 and proceeds went to support the “Kids Creating Change program” at the OCFJC.

The Anaheim PD founded the OCFJC in 2006 to provide resources to victims of domestic violence.

Today, the OCFJC is a collaboration of 17 agencies and nonprofits that seeks, in a single setting, to break the cycle of domestic violence for families throughout Orange County.

Among the educational programs offered at the center are classes on positive parenting, self-esteem, conflict resolution, life skills and healthy relationships.

For more information, visit the Orange County Family Justice Center website.

Here are scenes from the event:

Anthony Garcia, a graduate of La Serna High School, performs during the Memorable Magical Motown Experience on July 21 at Pearson Park in Anaheim. Photo by Lou Ponsi/Behind the Badge OC

Angela Sosa, a member of the Orange County Family Justice Center’s Youth Dance Program, performs at the song and dance show, which raised money for the OCFJC. Photo by Lou Ponsi/Behind the Badge OC

Yozelyn Encinez and Neo Wolf perform a dance routine. Photo by Lou Ponsi/Behind the Badge OC

Lindsey Parker performs during the Memorable Magical Motown Experience. Photo by Lou Ponsi/Behind the Badge OC

Lindsey Parker performs during the song and dance show at Pearson Park in Anaheim. Photo by Lou Ponsi/Behind the Badge OC

Kaila Zamora, a La Serna High senior, performs at the fundraiser for the Orange County Family Justice Center. Photo by Lou Ponsi/Behind the Badge OC

Photo by Lou Ponsi/Behind the Badge OC

Photo by Lou Ponsi/Behind the Badge OC

Photo by Lou Ponsi/Behind the Badge OC

Photo by Lou Ponsi/Behind the Badge OC

Photo by Lou Ponsi/Behind the Badge OC

Photo by Lou Ponsi/Behind the Badge OC

Photo by Lou Ponsi/Behind the Badge OC

Photo by Lou Ponsi/Behind the Badge OC

Photo by Lou Ponsi/Behind the Badge OC