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In the heart of Beverly Hills, extraordinary civic and arts leadership has championed the preservation and restoration of the Historic Beverly Hills Post Office into a new cultural destination, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The Randall Family Foundation is proud to have committed a $2 million grant to the Wallis which celebrates its Grand Opening in October 2013. As audiences, families and visitors arrive at the Wallis they will step into the Jim and Elearnor Randall Grand Hall.
The BH Post Office, Opened in 1933 during the Great Depression, is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and the Grandhall in particular reflects the singular workmanship of the WPA-era craftsmen. The Grand Hall is noted for its marble floors and walls and also for the eight rare wet-fresco murals crowning the vaulted ceiling.
As the programming season commences in November 2013, The Wallis will be presenting the finest theater, music, dance and children’s theater from around the world in the 500-seat Bram Goldsmith Theater and in the intimate 150-seat Lovelace Studio Theater. Plans at the Wallis also include a professional theater school for students from throughout Los Angeles; launching later in 2014

On March 22nd the University of Southern California, School of Social Work honored the Randall family at a reception for the grand opening of the new Randall Information Center, a center made possible by a generous gift from the Jim and Eleanor Randall Foundation.

The Randall Information Center, located in the School of Social Work, “offers students computer access to electronic research tools, including library databases and catalogs, group study areas and a social work librarian”.

USC commissioned Eleanor Randall to create the above artwork. It represents the cultural diversity that the USC School of Social Work offers and is located in the Randall Information Center.

The Randall Internship Program at Seaver College provides significant experiential learning opportunities beyond the classroom to 100 undergraduate students each academic year. Internship opportunities are available throughout Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Calabasas, Malibu, and Ventura County depending upon the company’s location.  Participating employers include Warner Center Music, NBC Universal, UBS Financial, Four Seasons Los Angeles, and the Malibu Boys and Girls Club.  Additionally, last year’s program expanded to include a summer internship at Cooper Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  This invaluable opportunity enables two pre-med students to complete an internship in the hospital’s Emergency Room while conducting research with a medical doctor.

Receiving academic credit for internships ranging from 10-15 hours per week, participating students are required to enroll in an internship seminar course. Weekly assignments and discussions about career development enhance the student experience and promote a sense of professionalism.

Led by longtime Pepperdine professor Dr. Nancy Shatzer, the Randall Program helps students gain the necessary skills and experience for employment following graduation.  With the increased importance employers are placing on internship experience, Pepperdine is hoping to increase the number of available internship positions from 100 to 150 in the next couple of years.

The Randall Internship Program is made possible through the generosity of Pepperdine friends Jim and Eleanor Randall. In addition to Pepperdine’s Randall Internship Program, Jim and Eleanor have given generously to the Wave Classic Golf Tournament in support of student scholarships and career preparation programs at Seaver College.

Supporting the University’s mission of preparing students for “lives for purpose, service, and leadership,” the Randall Internship program encourages students to set career goals, develop successful work habits, and work towards fulfilling lifelong dreams.

The attached pictures were taken during the annual Randall Internship Dinner celebration in April of 2011.

The Stars have finally returned to Mt. San Antonio College!

Due to the generous support of the Jim and Eleanor Randall Foundation, renovations are complete on the Jim and Eleanor Randall Planetarium. This State of the Art facility is now open to all of Mt. Sac and surrounding communities. With it’s new and exciting Zeiss Skymaster Projector, The Jim and Eleanor Randall Planetarium is a must to visit. The Foundation is proud to be contributing to the education of the community and helping others tour the universe.

Four years ago, James and Eleanor Randall took a tour of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and were immediately taken with the quality of care and dedication of the hospital’s staff, from the Newborn and Infant Critical Care Unit (NICCU) to the Chase Place Teen Lounge. “It was obvious from the moment we entered the lobby that Childrens Hospital was an exceptional hospital,” says James.

The tour prompted the Randalls to make a generous gift through their foundation, The James and Eleanor Randall Foundation, to fund a private patient room in the New Hospital Building’s NICCU. They recently made another significant gift to pay for an examination room in The Maurice Marciano Family Foundation Emergency Department and Trauma Center in the New Hospital Building.

Their contributions make them members of the First Families Legacy Program, which recognizes individuals and families who make a gift of $100,000 or more toward the New Hospital Building’s construction.

“Since our first gift, we have been keeping up with all of the hospital’s latest advancements and have been impressed with the progress Childrens Hospital has been making as a leader in pediatric medicine. The hospital needs our support and we are happy to be a small part of that support,” adds Eleanor.

The couple’s foundation, created in 1997, has given generously to support arts, education, health care and mental health organizations. In addition to Childrens Hospital, the Randalls have made charitable gifts to the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work, Mt. San Antonio College, Flintridge Preparatory School, Clairbourn School, Huntington Hospital, Chapman University and Pepperdine University.

James is president of Allfast Fastening Systems, Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of rivets and related installation tooling for the aircraft industry. The company holds 18 patents and supplies clients in more than 30 countries. He is also a major developer of industrial commercial buildings in the City of Industry, where Allfast is headquartered.

Eleanor is an accomplished artist whose large-scale oil and acrylic works are on exhibit at Allfast’s headquarters and the USC School of Social Work, and soon to be on display at Mt. San Antonio College’s refurbished planetarium. She also is involved in producing Allfast’s advertising and marketing materials. Before starting her art career, Eleanor modeled and appeared in more than 150 television commercials.

The Randalls, who participate on several boards throughout Southern California, have six adult children and two grandchildren and divide their time between homes in Bradbury and Malibu.

Of the family’s charitable giving activities, James says, “We’ve always felt it was important to give to organizations that help the community. We believe if you’re fortunate to have it, you should give back.”

He adds, “We will continue to support Childrens Hospital because the work they do is legendary—they help so many children and their families; the doctors and nurses are dedicated and giving; and they are the best at what they do.” •

Eleanor and Jim Randall

Opening Dining Commons

The 20,780 square-foot, full-service Jim and Eleanor Randall Dining Commons is the heart and hub of Chapman University’s new Sandhu Residence and Conference Center. The Randall Dining Commons has the feel of a vibrant, dynamic, upscale restaurant that features table seating and unique curtained booths, as well as a dining terrace overlooking a pedestrian mall. A refreshing, unique departure from the typical college food service, the Randall Dining Commons offers fresh, healthy, restaurant quality food that is conveniently prepared to order. The new dining commons serves all students who live in the residence halls through the University meal plan, and offers unique specials to faculty, staff, and guests of the University.

The facility incorporates state-of-the-art kitchens — creating a wide spectrum of food offerings — that serve as the main food preparation area for all of Chapman University. Features include a pizza station, wood-fire grill, sushi station, sandwich and salad bar, and a chef’s station for special orders. Located on the first floor of the Sandhu Center, the Randall Dining Commons has become the focus of activity and gathering on campus, where students talk about what’s going on in their lives, where they open up to the life of the mind and consider new ideas in lively and engaging conversation. In addition, Chapman University President Jim Doti hosts a new TV cooking show from the Randall Dining Commons’ euro-style chef’s kitchen; it airs weekly on the OC Channel.

On October 28, 2000, the Randall Performing Arts Center was dedicated. The complex, located to the northeast of the athletic field and west of the Jorgenson Building on land which previously held tennis courts, includes rehearsal space for dance and music, as well as an 80-seat black-box theater.

The Randall Performing Arts Center invigorates Flintridge Prep’s musical, dance, and theater arts programs.

The Performing Arts Department at Flintridge Prep offers a nurturing, challenging, and creative environment where students develop their performance skills with the support and leadership of a committed faculty of professional artists. The performing arts program takes full advantage of the school’s new Randall Performing Arts Center with a music, dance, and drama curriculum of the highest quality.

Opened in May 2001, Randall Hall is the home for the first through third grade classes at Clairbourn school in San Gabriel, California, with each grade having two classrooms each. Students now enjoy a flexible, well-illuminated and equipped learning-space specifically designed for elementary education.

Jim & Eleanor Randall were honored on October 28, 2007 as philanthropists of the year at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda.  It was Mt. San Antonio College’s 60th anniversary gala, drawing over 400 guests.