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Towards Freedom was as created in May 2000 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization by former Board Members Sangeeta Kumar and Jeffrey Tufenkian.

Towards Freedom’s mission is to inspire people to live with compassion in all areas of their lives.

Its purpose is to educate people regarding public interest topics such as environmental protection, animal protection, human rights, health, peace, nonviolence, social justice, and leadership through educational events and other appropriate avenues.

As of June 2014, Towards Freedom has produced thirteen festivals called WorldFest. The new name of the festival is now VegFest Los Angeles. On May 1, 2016, the 14th successful festival was held.

The mission of the festival is to create a fun event that inspires.

Held in the Los Angeles area, the event has an amazing vegan marketplace and an international food court.  This volunteer-run, green-powered, outdoor food and music festival highlights healthy living, the environment, social justice, and animal rights.


Andrea Gullo, President, Chief Executive Officer
Billy Hulting, Board Member, Vice Chair
Melissa Breslow, Board Member, Secretary
Neil Shah, Board Member, Chief Financial Officer
Prabhat Gautam, Board Member

The meaning behind the name of our organization was derived from the following passage:

Life is a quest to be free. We seek freedom to discover our gifts, to be of service, to honor this beautiful planet and her creatures, to make our contribution to the book of eternity.  Look into the eyes of others, and see that all are the same path…Towards Freedom.

—Prad Basu

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