Children of One Planet to Celebrate 24 Years of Nurturing Hope Through Dance

Pasadena-based Non-Profit Gears Up for Annual Gala Benefiting New Local Programs
Published on May 11, 2024


In a world that can often feel overwhelming, the enduring power of hope shines brightly in the work of Children of One Planet, a Pasadena-based non-profit dedicated to the well-being of children worldwide. As the organization approaches its 24th anniversary, it gears up for its annual Dance for Hope America Gala, a vibrant celebration promising an evening of music, dance, and community spirit.

Founded in 2000 by Azita Milanian, a former NASA engineer who traded the vastness of space for the boundless potential of children, Children of One Planet has cultivated a rich legacy of supporting orphanages and underprivileged children around the globe. 

Milanian’s vision – a world where children flourish, free from hunger and violence – has guided the organization’s mission, providing essential items like food, clothing, toys, and crucially, financial aid.

This year’s Dance for Hope America Gala, slated for Saturday, June 1st, 2024, at the historic William D Davies Memorial Building in Altadena, California, promises to be a night to remember. Attendees can expect a delightful blend of entertainment, featuring local musicians, singers, professional dancers, and a live band, all woven together with complimentary dance lessons and a delectable spread from local restaurants.

The gala, scheduled from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., will feature a cocktail hour, dinner, performances, and social dancing. Proceeds will directly benefit the organization’s new Dance for Hope America program, designed to bring the joy of dance and music to children in California.

“Children of One Planet has helped children and teens in a variety of artistic ways,” said Milanian. “In 2024, we aim to expand our dance and music program, led by professional instructors, to additional locations in partnership with the Los Angeles Parks and Recreation Department.”

The program, piloted in 2023 through the Parks After Dark initiative at Loma Alta and Farnsworth community centers, proved to be a resounding success. The after-school program fostered confidence and a sense of belonging among Pasadena-area children, creating an inclusive performing arts community.

The work of Children of One Planet has been recognized by Save the Children and other organizations, as well as Her Royal Highness Princess Anne of Great Britain.

Ticket prices for the gala range from $25 for those under 18 (including all non-alcoholic drinks) to $250 for Gold Table Seating (open bar, best seating ticket). Other seating options include Turquoise Table Seating ($150, including all non-alcoholic drinks plus 2 glasses of wine) and Sapphire Table Seating ($200, including all non-alcoholic drinks plus 3 glasses of wine).

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