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Hillsides’ Young Professional Group Celebrates 10th Annual Farm to Table Dinner
Left to right:  H100 board members Alison Stewart, Michele Van Buren, Dan Harper, Holly Breckheimer, Uyen-Uyen Vo, Ava Herrera, Katie Bolton, Melissa Corrente, and Nicola Wilkins-Miller.  Not pictured: David Hitchcock.

LOS ANGELES, June 4, 2019 – Hillsides’ young professional group, H100, celebrated its 10th annual Farm to Table dinner in a stunning outside setting in a private Pasadena estate on June 2.  Some 80 guests enjoyed locally sourced, farm-fresh food and cocktails while raising more than $7,000 for the children who live at Hillsides’ residential program.

“We are so thankful for this generous group of volunteers and donors who in the last 10 years has grown from a handful of supporters to over 100 members strong,” said Hillsides Chief Advancement Officer Carrie Espinoza. “Tonight, they continued to show their commitment to the children by contributing funds to sponsor outings, birthday celebrations, and seasonal gifts, making the children’s wishes come true.”

Guests were treated to a family-style dinner catered by alexandra’s table.  Working off a theme of pink grapefruit and avocados, owner and chef Alexandra Poer created a diverse and delicious menu that included an avocado and grapefruit spinach and farro salad, grilled flank steak with chimichurri, and a roasted cauliflower dish with a citrus-curry vinaigrette. Guests also enjoyed a specialty coffee bar.

During the evening, guests also heard from a former resident of Hillsides, Michael Bowen.  Bowen, 32, lived at Hillsides for most of his childhood, from 1994-2006.  He spoke of the loving Hillsides staff, and how volunteers and donors provided him with some of his happiest memories.  He also said that his positive experiences at Hillsides motivated him to build a career in social services. “The care and treatment I received made me want to advocate for people who don’t have a voice,” he said.

The hosts of the dinner were Megan and Rick Foker. Event sponsors included Debbe and Spike Booth, Kelly and Samuel Garrison, John S. Gong, Ava and Ed Herrera, the Van Buren family, and Uyen-Uyen Vo.

This annual event is H100’s signature event and membership drive. H100 was founded in 2009 to nurture a younger community base for Hillsides and to create the next generation of support. The H100 board consists of Ava Herrera, president, and Katie Bolton, Holly Breckheimer, Melissa Corrente, Dan Harper, David Hitchcock, Alison Stewart, Michele Van Buren, Uyen-Uyen Vo, and Nicola Wilkins-Miller.

H100 supports the children who live in Hillsides Residential treatment services, which is a short-term residential therapeutic program offered in a safe and stable environment for children who cannot live at home. To learn more about Hillsides Residential treatment services or H100, please visit


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 nearly 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.



Alison Bell 




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