Hillsides, a Pasadena-based organization providing services to heal children and young adults, strengthen families, and transform communities through quality comprehensive services and advocacy, held its annual fundraiser, The Roaring 2020s, at the Langham Huntington Pasadena.
The gala took a step back in time, featuring a big band, flapper girls, and prohibition-era signature cocktails. The evening tapped into the growth and possibilities of the Roaring Twenties. The event is Hillsides’ biggest fundraiser of the year, and included a hosted cocktail reception and silent auction, dinner, entertainment and live auction, and dancing.
Guests had a chance to bid on many live and silent auction items. Highlights included a 10-night, all-inclusive cruise on board the Crystal Symphony, Barcelona to Venice, donated by Crystal Cruises; a Barbara Poer Designs signature jewelry piece; a VIP Rose Bowl Game experience; and a one-week stay for two at New York’s new celebrity-owned getaway in Hudson Yards.
The 1920s were a time of great opportunity, prosperity and a sense of hope that gave the decade the nickname “the Roaring Twenties.” Today, 100 years later, at the threshold of 2020, the country is entering another era filled with unlimited possibilities, particularly for Hillsides children and families.
Warner Bros. executive and Hillsides’ board member Stacey Hoppe chaired the gala, the agency’s largest fundraiser of the year. The funds raised will support Hillsides five core programs: a residential treatment program for children in foster care; a program for youth transitions from foster care; Hillsides Education center, a non-public school for students with academic and/or behavioral issues; family resource centers offering mental health services; and a foster care and adoption program. The charity serves over 17,000 children and families throughout Southern California.