Irwin Mazursky, better known as Paul Mazursky was an American film director, screenwriter, and Hollywood actor. For more than 14 years Paul and his widow Betsy Mazursky have supported day laborers of Hollywood Community Job Center, one of the four centers administered by the Institute of Popular Education of Southern California (IDEPSCA).
Betsy Mazursky was the one who started to get involved with the day labor center through her contribution as a volunteer. It was through her that Paul Mazursky knew about day labor center, workers as well as they needs. So he decided also support them, not just as volunteer but also with donations. Over the years the Mazursky’s became part of the center; they shared and engaged with day laborers through their contribution as volunteers offering English classes. Their support has always been helpful for day laborers and today, Saturday June 6th IDEPSCA and workers wanted to thank them for all the support that they have provided through these years.
Almost one year after the passing of Paul Mazursky (June 30th of 2014), IDEPSCA inaugurated its conference room as “Paul and Betsy Mazursky conference room” as appreciation to the support this couple has provided.
With day laborers, staffs, volunteers and Betsy Mazursky, IDEPSCA’s Executive Director thanked to Betsy and asked her officially inaugurate the conference room. Mario Lopez, IDEPSCA’s Day Laborer Project manager shared a thank you speech to Betsy, a Hollywood day laborer Carlos Yllescas offered a bouquet of flowers in appreciation to her in the name of day laborers from that center.
Sometimes words are not necessary to say “Thank you”, I am sure that more than that had been offered by day laborers to the Mazursky’s for all their great heart, support and time for them. And from today, IDEPSCA’s conference room will have within its walls, its meetings and events the spirit of kindness, support, dedication and legacy of the Mazursky’s.