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Hillsides Hosts Sponsor Reception for Annual Gala, The Roaring 2020s

Published on Feb 15, 2020
Left to right – Hillsides Gala Committee, Lyn Spector, Mario Fiumani, Shelly Fiumani, Gala Chair Stacey Hoppe, Ava Herrera, Uyen-Uyen Vo, Cathy Brennan, Maureen Staley, Armida Baylon, Wendy Mattes, Kim Weleba, Susan Noce, Chelisa Vagim, Donna De Mond, John Gong, Pam Mahon, Edison Barbosa

On January 28, Hillsides, a foster care and child welfare charity, held a reception for the sponsors of its upcoming gala, The Roaring 2020s. The gala will be held on Saturday, February 29, Leap Year Day, at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena.

Some 80 guests gathered at Pasadena’s Flying A Garage, home to a private collection of American Classic Automobiles, including two cars from the 1920’s, this year’s gala theme. The evening was catered by Onil Chibas Events, who served up a roast beef carving station, mashed potato bar, and passed hor d’oeuvres, including Oysters Rockefeller and cheesy stuffed mushrooms.

During the event, Gala Chair, Stacey Hoppe thanked the gala sponsors which include, The Donald Zonshine Family Foundation, Willis Towers Watson, Pin USA – Mario and Shelly Fiumani, The Walt Disney Company, Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Citizens Business Bank, Don and Sally Clark, Jacob Maarse Florists, RUSNAK Auto Group, Kim and Rob Shepherd, Sherm and Marge Telleen, Bank of the West, Joseph M. Costa, Covington Capital Management, Jesse and Sommer Cripps, Gibson Dunn, Goehner Accountancy, John Gong, The Havner Family Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, Wendy Lees and Tom Boyle, Patty M. McAllister, Susan and Bill Noce, David and Barbara Scheper, and Whittier Trust Company.

Left to right – Gala Chair, Stacey Hoppe and Flying A Garage Owner, Aaron Weiss

Following Stacey, car collector and Flying A Garage owner, Aaron Weiss, gave a brief history of his collection. “I have been collecting classic cars for 21 years and opened the Flying A Garage in 2003 when the fleet needed a home. The cars are shown all over the country and each one has some significance to my wife Valerie and I”, said Weiss.

The Roaring 2020s is Hillsides’ largest fundraiser of the year, and supports the 17,000 children and families Hillsides serves. The event will take a step back in time, featuring a Big Band, flapper girls, and Prohibition-Era signature cocktails.

Guests will also have a chance to bid on many live and silent auction items. Highlights include 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 artisanally created with a strand of pastel pearls, diamonds and rubies; a VIP Rose Bowl Game experience; and a 1-week stay for 2 at New York’s most exclusive new celebrity-owned getaway in Hudson Yards.

Hillsides board member, Stacey Hoppe, is chairing the event with the support of the gala committee: Edison Barbosa, Armida Baylon-Stelzer, Holly Breckheimer, Cathy Brennan, Kelly Chamberlain, Donna De Mond, Bill Eichler, Shelly and Mario Fiumani, Donna B. Ford, John S. Gong, Ava Herrera, Ana Maarse, Pamela Mahon, Wendy Matthes, Susan Noce, Susan Pinsky, Courtney Saavedra, Sara J. Simpson, Lyn Spector, Maureen Staley, Chelisa Vagim, Uyen-Uyen Vo, and Kim Weleba.

Tickets for The Roaring 2020s are $300 and can be purchased here.

About Hillsides

Hillsides, with its affiliate Bienvenidos, is dedicated to healing children and young adults, strengthening families, and transforming communities through quality comprehensive services and advocacy. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the agency serves over 17,000 children and families in Southern California throughout more than 40 sites, including school-based mental health offices in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Baldwin Park. Foster care and adoptions services are offered in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. To learn more about Hillsides, please visit Visit Hillsides on Facebook @hillsideschildren, on Twitter @Hillsides, or on Instagram @HillsidesPasadena.

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