Turkey Trot Los Angeles Presented by UAE-USA United
Since 2016, UAE-USA United has been the presenting sponsor of Turkey Trot Los Angeles held on Thanksgiving Day. The race, which takes place annually, brings together thousands of runners and walkers to raise money for The Midnight Mission – an organization that for 100 years has worked to tackle the challenge of homelessness in Los Angeles.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 race was held virtually, with nearly 1,000 participants from the US, UAE and around the world running to support the cause.
The Midnight Mission offers shelter, emergency services, education programs and job training to thousands of Angelenos each year. “My team and I feel privileged to call Los Angeles our second home,” says UAE Consul General in LA Hazza Alkaabi. “Serving one’s community and helping others are principles deeply instilled in UAE culture. As members of the LA community, we are proud to support The Midnight Mission’s efforts to assist those in need."
In addition to supporting the race itself, students from the UAE volunteer at The Midnight Mission to serve food to the shelter’s clients. The Consulate also provides monetary support for The Midnight Mission’s programs to address homelessness in Los Angeles.