The Forum and Walmart Team Up to Award Local Heroes in the Community


The “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood has always been a strong supporter of the community and through its partnership with Walmart, continues to recognize members who are dedicated to improving the lives of others.

The Forum and Walmart will honor 10 local heroes throughout the year for their selfless contributions and tireless efforts to make the world a better place. These honorable community members have played a vital role in many lives, including helping underprivileged youth, the homeless, accident victims, sick and injured animals, and people battling illnesses or with special needs. Last year the Forum awarded its first Walmart Community Playmakers Program winner, 87-year old Doris Presley, who has been volunteering her services for various feeding and relief organizations throughout the Los Angeles area for over 30 years.

“This program is simply about giving thanks. Giving thanks and recognizing those members in our community who are dedicated to improving the lives of others and being a force for good.  The Forum is honored to support this cause with Walmart on behalf of all the unsung heroes in Los Angeles.” – Nick Spampanato, Senior Vice President, West Coast & General Manager, the Forum.

The 10 selected recipients will each receive a Forum VIP experience — 4 tickets to any Forum show of their choice, 4 Forum Club passes, free VIP parking, a $100 Walmart gift card, and a unique trophy to symbolize their humanitarian actions.


  • Yuri Williams – helps the homeless and young children battling cancer
  • Ashley Rodriguez – runs a shelter for pregnant women and children
  • Keith Johnson – provides sports-based youth development and free meals to needy kids
  • Gidion Phillips – aids displaced and orphaned children in Haiti
  • Maria Crawford – advocates for children with autism
  • Dion Rambo – helps disadvantaged foster children and minority-owned businesses
  • Gary Ferrer – teaches low income children the art of dance
  • Rupa Kotecha – saved the life of a heart attack victim
  • Jason Anderson – aided plane crash victims
  • Mallyda Yazmin Berganza – raised funds for a needy family

For more information on the Walmart Community Playmakers Program and this round’s winners please visit,

About the Forum:

The award-winning “Fabulous” Forum, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018. The Forum, located in Inglewood, California, is the largest indoor performance venue in the country designed with a focus on music and entertainment, in addition to select sporting events. The interior of the bowl features flexible seating that ranges from 17,500 seats to 7,000 seats, enabling the venue to attract a wide variety of premier events. Fans at the Forum enjoy approximately 8,000 square feet of event level hospitality offerings, including merchandise, along with food and beverage options from some of SoCal’s most celebrated brands. A tinted glass wall separates this concession area from the arena, ensuring fans do not miss a moment of the performance. A 40,000 square foot outdoor terrace surrounds the perimeter of the building and offers food and beverage options, as well as comfortable furnishings, to further elevate guests’ enjoyment. The Forum delivers a one-of-a-kind experience for all thanks to its superior acoustics, intimate ambiance and state-of-the-art facilities. Designed with entertainers and performers in mind, the Forum includes nine, star-caliber dressing rooms that provide unparalleled comfort.  The Forum is owned and operated by The Madison Square Garden Company.  In addition to the Forum, The Madison Square Garden Company owns or operates Madison Square Garden, The Theater at MSG, Radio City Music Hall, the Chicago Theatre, the Wang Theatre, and the Beacon Theater. For more information on the Forum, please visit

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