(Above: Hard-working volunteers gather for a team photo just before the festivities begin.)
When is a parking lot not a parking lot? When employees from Warner Bros. swoop in with a little movie magic to transform it into a winter wonderland.
The parking lot of the Youth Center on Highland (YOCH), a refuge for homeless gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teens in Los Angeles, became the coolest location in Hollywood last week and the site of an elegant and swanky holiday party complete with a little red carpet treatment for the 150 youth who attended.
OUT at WB, an employee resource group, gathered volunteers not only from the studio but also from Boeing, DIRECTV, CAA, and Nielsen who showed up at 8 a.m. to prep and decorate for the afternoon event. Donations from various Warner Bros. departments including Special Events, Props, Set & Lighting, Food Services and Drapery contributed to the festive atmosphere as guests and volunteers enjoyed music, games, delicious food, a talent show, photo booth, candy stations, balloon animals and lots of holiday cheer.
Each teen also left with a gift bag that included hats, gloves, sweatshirts, DC Comic books, belts, movie tickets and a $20 Target gift card. Out at WB has been hosting the holiday party for YOCH for over 11 years, bringing much needed holiday spirit to these teens, who get a chance to relax and just be kids for an afternoon.
To get a first-hand look at the magic Warner Bros. conjured, check out the slideshow below.