Kidspace Fancy Dress Fundraiser Raises Nearly $300,000 Last Saturday Night

Phillip and Juliane Webb, left, with Lauren and Brian ParsonsAmy Hasquet, Jennifer Kennedy and Stacy ArmrileiMatt Arellano dressed as The Benefit Committe for Kidspace Adventure: Around the World in 80 Days.Leo and Patrice CablayanJill Lynn and Alison Maginn.Hayley Boaz and Kris PopovichRichard Lee and Karen ChowGuests pose for pictures during Kidspace Adventure: Around the World in 80 Days.From left: David Caroll, Trina Freeny, Gerald Freeny, and Leo and Patrice Cablayan.Indy and Emily KarlekarCatherine Sanders and Jennifer KennedyJackie Lee and Angela Yim-SullivanGuests dressed in a variety of costumes browse through the fundraising auction.

Photography by JAMES CARBONE

6:58 am | February 6, 2018

The Circle of Friends, a volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds for Kidspace, held its annual fundraiser Saturday, February 3, to raise funds for Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena.

The invitation-only benefit, held at the Annandale Golf Club at One North San Rafael Avenue, was an evening of fun which included a silent auction during cocktail hour, followed by dining, dancing, and live auction with exclusive luxury items and experiences.

Chaired by Amy Hasquet and Stacy Armillei, this year’s theme was Around the World in 80 Days and drew about 300 guests.

Each time, the annual benefit has a new and exciting theme, and Circle of Friends members and guests spare no expense or creative inch in decking themselves out in fun costumes. The event is normally held on the first Saturday in February.

Presided over by Jennifer Kennedy, the Circle of Friends is a philanthropic group of more than 90 women from Pasadena, Altadena, San Marino, La Cañada and surrounding areas who are dedicated to supporting, with funds and volunteer hours, the operations of Kidspace Children’s Museum. There are also more than 40 Founders Circle members: women who were active in the group for five years and continue to support the Museum on a more limited basis.

The Circle of Friends raises funds every year for Kidspace Children’s Museum through two annual events organized by the Circle, the Pumpkin Festival in the fall, and a benefit dinner and auction in the winter, like Saturday’s themed fundraiser.

Since 1991, the Circle of Friends has donated more than $4 million to Kidspace, providing critical financial resources for the operation of the museum.

Kidspace Children’s Museum serves over 365,000 guests each year throughout Southern California – 80,000 of whom are underserved children and family members who gain access to the Museum through its Kidspace for All program. The program increases access to kid-driven learning experiences for at-risk families, Title 1 students, veterans, kids with special needs and other guests who might not otherwise be able to visit the Museum.

For more information about Kidspace Children’s Museum, visit