The DEA Experience

On October 8th, 2015, the DEA Educational Foundation held an event at the Jonathan Beach Club, Santa Monica, CA called “The DEA Experience”. The event was co-hosted by Jackie and Joshua Pack and EJ and Gregory Milken. To kick off the event, local third grader, Campbell Ferrier, sang the national anthem with the Los Angeles Police Department presenting the colors.

With the Pacific Ocean and an amazing sunset as the backdrop, guests had the opportunity to visit various stations to experience, learn and engage in hands-on experiences to see the daily global work of the DEA and the DEA Educational Foundation in their community. The stations included: The Threat Next Door: Emerging Trends; Do You Have What it Takes to be a DEA Special Agent; Lives Lost Too Soon; Costs and Consequences; Exploring Science; Hope in Recovery; Real Facts about Drugs and a community chat room where they provided feedback and ideas to us.

DEA Youth Dance Program students from Emerson Elementary School led by teacher Stephanie Reed were on hand to showcase their dancing and to talk about what the DEA YDP means to them. Fancy Feet Dance Studio Director Emily Kay Tillman attended with a youth dance company who performed throughout the evening. Also, DEA YDP partnering dance company Culture Shock LA amazed guests with their precise and athletic hip hop choreography. American Crime actress Penelope Ann Miller attended the event to show her support of the DEA Youth Dance Program.

Another treat for the evening was the Executive Producer of Narcos, Eric Newman, along with actors from the show, Juan Pablo Raba, Maurice Compte and Eric Lange along with Gaumont International Television Executives, Senior Vice President of Creative Affairs Adam Fishbach and Senior Vice President for Production Carol Trussel. The real life DEA Agents depicted in the show, Steve Murphy and Javier Pena also attended providing posters signed by themselves and the Narcos group that were available to be bid on in our silent auction.

The DEA Educational Foundation hopes to hold similar events in other U.S. cities to continue to spotlight the important work DEA does and to educate the public on the dangers of drug use.

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