Gala History

The 1st Annual Night with the Stars Gala took place in 2004. With support from the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission and American Indian tribes from Southern California, the Gala raised scholarships dollars for American Indian college students. The magical evening was filed with live American Indian entertainers and cultural bearers.

Pukúu Cultural Community Services offers various programs and services to the community in Los Angeles County. What started as an aspiration of Rudy Ortega Sr., members of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians formed a tribal not-for-profit organization to better the lives of their people. Pukúu continues to grow into an organization celebrating diverse Tribal nations striving for the betterment of all American Indians living in Los Angeles County.

Pukúu’s commitment stands strong to continue aiding families and youth who are struggling with economic and social assistance.

The One Stop Emergency Service program funded by the Community Services American Indian Block Grant provides financial aid to low-income American Indians who find themselves in emergency situations.  Program services include assistance with housing, food, transportation and referrals.  Every year the One Stop Emergency Service program provides services vital to more than 200 individuals and families.

Through this annual gala, Pukúu raises funds for the Rudy Ortega Sr. Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships for American Indians working towards attaining a higher education.  Pukúu recognizes the importance of this vital assistance for tribal people to achieve their dreams and return with the tools to enhance their tribal communities.