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Hillsides Fall Social Raises More Than $7,000 for Holiday Wishes of Children in Foster Care
Members of the H100 board in attendance at the Fall Social, left to right:  Alison Stewart, Dan Harper, Michele Van Buren, David Hitchcock, Uyen-Uyen Vo, Melissa Corrente, Katie Bolton, and Ava Herrera.

LOS ANGELES, CA, November 11, 2018 -- Hillsides, a Southern California mental health and foster care charity, raised more than $7,000 for holiday wishes of children in the residential treatment program at a successful H100 Fall Social held at The Arbour restaurant in Pasadena.  The annual event is an opportunity for H100 members and guests to mingle, get a jump start on holiday cheer, and support the children of Hillsides.  H100 is a young professional support group of the charity.

During the evening, guests heard from Hillsides President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph M. Costa, who thanked H100 members and guests for their generosity. “Never underestimate what a gift might do for a child,” he said. “Our job is to help kids who have suffered adverse childhood experiences, and one way we do this is through caring adults and groups like H100.” 

Hillsides cottage supervisor Mel Lozano also spoke.  He talked about his experiences working with children who had been affected by trauma, and how he and the rest of his staff, with the help of like H100, provide the best services possible for them.

The event was planned by H100 co-social chair Holly Breckheimer, with creative input and leadership from H100 president Ava Herrera.  The H100 board also includes David Hitchcock, treasurer; Katie Bolton, Melissa Corrente, and Dan Harper, membership co-chairs; Michele Van Buren, communications;  Nicola Miller, social co-chair;  Alison Stewart, Christmas giving chair; and Uyen-Uyen Vo, liaison for birthdays, Valentines, and Easter.

H100, created in 2009, was founded to nurture a younger community base for Hillsides and create the next generation of support. The group has adopted two cottages at Hillsides residential treatment program, each housing 10 children in foster care.  H100 raises funds for the children through the Fall Social and an annual Farm to Table dinner held in June.  To learn more about H100, please visit

Hillsides Residential Treatment Services is a short-term residential therapeutic program offered in a safe and stable environment where children who cannot live at home, have suffered trauma, or have emotional and/or behavioral challenges can thrive.   The residential program is one of five core programs of Hillsides.


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 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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