If you have an extra $5,000, you can kick it with former President Bill Clinton and Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant at Santa Monica-based Step Up on Second’s grand opening of their latest affordable-housing project in Hollywood, known as Step Up on Vine.
The VIP tickets include a meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with both President Clinton and Bryant. There will also be a live auction that will include private time with Bryant and an event with Clinton.
Money raised supports Step Up, a provider of housing and other services for those with mental illness, and the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation, which is dedicated to ending homelessness in Los Angeles.
General tickets are $1,000 for the event, scheduled for Jan. 14.
Proceeds will help Step Up provide more permanent supportive housing in Hollywood, said Step Up CEO Tod Lipka.
Step Up on Vine, located at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Vine Street, provides 34 units that will become homes for the most chronically homeless individuals who have a mental illness. The project will be a LEED building, with the goal of reaching platinum status, Lipka said.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) buildings are those that are built to be as energy-efficient as possible in an effort to preserve resources and protect the environment.
The housing project is part of the Clinton Global Initiative, which was created by the president in 2005 to create and put in place innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.
To purchase tickets visit http://kvbff.org/tickets.