Fight Women’s Cancer at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Tomorrow

May 08, 2009 by Lisa Newton

Saturday's Preview

On Saturday, May 9th the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will be the place to be.

Why?

Because the 16th Annual Entertainment Industry Foundation Revlon Run/Walk For Women will take place at the LA Coliseum. The mission of the EIF Revlon Run/Walk For Women is to increase awareness and raise the critical funds necessary for women’s cancer research, counseling, and outreach programs.

The Event

First, a 5K Run/Walk will circumnavigate Exposition Park, then accompanied by a Health Expo, replete with finish line festivities. With an estimated 50,000 participants, it promises to be a day to remember, and for a good cause.

To date, the REVLON Run/Walks (LA/NY) have distributed nearly $55 million dollars for cancer research, counseling, and outreach programs. Thanks in part to these funds, new treatments are being developed and lives are being saved.

If you live locally, I hope you’ll be able to attend and participate in this important event. If you’re a blogger and are covering this event, please let me know, because we’d like to feature some of your stories.

This is a great example of doing good by doing well.

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Currently, the world famous LA Coliseum, is most notably known as the home of the USC Trojans. It has the proud distinction of being the only stadium in the world to host the Olympic Games twice–in 1932 and 1984.

The 1984 Games have special memories for me because my first daughter was born two weeks prior to the Games. With the advent of Cable Television, I remember watching hours and hours of the athletic events and with a newborn, it didn’t matter what time of day any individual event was being held, I was able to be there.

I still get goose bumps whenever I hear the 1984 Olympic Theme, composed by John Williams. BTW, did you know it won a Grammy? For a bit of trivia, the famous trumpet introduction to this quite recognized theme is from “Bugler’s Dream,” composed by Leo Arnaud.

Built in 1922 at a cost of $954,873, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is also the only Olympic stadium that’s hosted both the Super Bowl and the World Series.

With its large edifices and great circumference, after spending time walking around the LA Coliseum, you get an idea of its magnificence, grand size, and sense of history. After doing a bit of research, the new construction will continue for a decade, so I’m thrilled to have been able to have been able to get these pictures.

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

The day before the opening ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was declared a National Historic Landmark. The Olympic Caldron, which was used in both Olympic Games, is still lit on special occasions and during the fourth quarter of USC Trojan’s games. Do you remember how you felt as you watched Rafer Johnson light the torch? Were you even born then?

Peristyle Arches

On the “peristyle arches” at the main entrance, you can see the plaques which play homage and to recognize the memorable events and participants of Coliseum history.

Olympic Gateway

This pair of anatomically accurate, life-sized bronze nude statues of male and female athletes was created by the world renowned Los Angeles sculptor, Robert Graham, for the 1984 Games.

The EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Woman is coming

Yesterday, a buzz of activity was going on in preparation for the upcoming 16th Annual Entertainment Industry Foundation REVLON Run/Walk For Women.

The LA Coliseum is part of a much larger area of Los Angeles called Exposition Park. I’ll be featuring more stories covering the multi-faceted institutions, museums, cultural infrastructure and much more of this area, literally in the middle of the city. With both photos and text, I hope to bring you the joy and love for Exposition Park that I experienced during the time I spent there, and can hardly wait to go back.

Los Angeles and Southern California never have a dull moment of things to do and places to go. Just as Exposition Park is going through a transformation, what’s going on in your city?

Although everyone likes to get away for special events, it’s great when you can find them around town while Travelin’ Local.

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8 Responses to “Fight Women’s Cancer at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Tomorrow”

  1. David says:

    Lisa, outstanding coverage of one of the most iconic buildings in Los Angeles, and among the few in the United States.

    The 84 tribute was very moving, and as always, your photography begs for more.

    Can’t wait to read the rest of your series.

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  2. Jannie Funster says:

    Revlon, good for muchmnmore than creating pretty faces,eh?

    I can’t imagine what being among 50,000 people would be like, tho. Exciting probably!

    And you’ll be going there on bicycle, right?

    Jannie Funster’s last blog post..The CDs Have Landed!

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  4. Kevin says:

    Loved your article about the LA Coliseum and the cancer fundraiser. It’s always great when the world can get together and support good causes.

    It’s good to see the coliseum is still being used. I remember going to Los Angeles Rams games there in the late 70’s. We always had a great time!

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  5. LisaNewton says:

    @ David Thank you. 1984 was a special year.

    @ Jannie The day promises to be exciting. I’m sorry I won’t be able to attend. I found out about it too late. But, I’ll be following the progress via their website…………..:)

    @ Kevin I look forward to attending an event there. The place is so big.

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  6. Diane C. says:

    Hard to believe I lived in LA for 35 years but never went to the Coliseum. I love your pictures of the arches and statues. I remember the 84 Olympics because I had two small children of my own, and I babysat for six more toddlers while their parents attended the opening ceremonies.

    Diane C.’s last blog post..Peaceful Perchers

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  7. LisaNewton says:

    @ Diane C. 6 more? That’s a lot. As I look back, it’s hard to believe I was able to do so much. I had 4 children in 6 years, loved every minute of my children growing up. LOL…………one of my kids sent me a Mother’s Day card which reminded me of potty training, and another one sent me a reminder of my love of raisins (as if I needed one)………….:)

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