It Was a “Hot” Night in La Canada at the American Cancer Society’s Annual Gala

Elizabeth Rusnak Arizmendi, co-Honoree, welcomes guests for the 10th Annual SGV 2018 Hope Gala Hot Havana Night.Event Chair Sindee Brown Riboli, center, poses with her husband Steve Riboli, and Anthony Guthmiller.Kimberly Roach, with Pumpkin the events mascot.Co-Honoree Dr. Richard Friedman, left, poses with his wife, Dr. Shirley Chan, and daughter Elizabeth Friedman.Live music for the 10th Annual SGV Hope Gala 2018 Hot Havana NightElizabeth Rusnak Arizmendi poses with her husband AndrewArtist Taft McWhorter, who\'s art piece is part of the silent auction.Anthony Guthmiller, and Griffin WhiteDenise Hamilton, left, and Elizabeth Rusnak Arizmendi.10th Annual SGV Hope Gala 2018 Hot Havana Night honorees, event chairs and guests pose for a picture.Chef Claud Beltarn from Claud and Co. takes a break to enjoy the view.Kori and Matt Cragin10th Annual SGV Hope Gala 2018 Hot Havana Night held in La Canada Flintridge. A full moon shone down upon the festivities.

Photography by JAMES CARBONE

5:04 am | August 27, 2018


On Saturday, August 25, the American Cancer Society San Gabriel held its Hope Gala “Hot Havana Night” at a private home in the mountains overlooking La Canada. The event chair, Sindee Riboli and her committee put together a tropical event filled with tasty fare by Chef Claud Beltran and tropical drinks galore. There was even a table in the pool for a cool summer dinner.

Honorees Elizabeth Rusnak Arizmendi and Dr. Richard Friedman joined celebrity hosts Cameron Mathison, Wendy Burch, Shawn King, the Honorable Judge Lance Ito and Chief Margaret York retired, in the festivities. The Nina Lares Band added the sounds of the tropics.

The live and silent auction featured once-in-a-lifetime experiences, vacations and staycations, art, jewelry, memorabilia and many other unique items.

The night sky even cooperated with a gorgous full moon that shone down on guest as they enjoyed the balmy evening.

The American Cancer Society is working to finish the fight against every cancer in every community. They are the largest private, not-for-profit funder of cancer research in the United States, investing more than $4 billion since 1946. Thanks in part to contributions, more than 1.5 million lives have been saved in the US in the past two decades.