LOS ANGELES, CA December 6, 2018 – On December 4, the Hillsides Guild, a support group of the foster care charity Hillsides, hosted a holiday celebration at the Parkway Grill in Pasadena, California. Some 140 guests enjoyed cocktails, appetizers, dinner and a holiday performance by the renowned Citrus Singers of Citrus College. The dinner was co-chaired by Guild members Donna De Mond and Patty McAllister. Hillsides President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph M. Costa welcomed the crowd, and The Reverend Canon Deacon Ed Sniecienski of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension gave the blessing for the evening.
The Hillsides Guild Holiday Celebration at the Parkway Grill is an annual event to kick off the holidays and raise awareness for Hillsides. The Guild raises funds for Hillsides and puts on activities for the children in residence on the Pasadena campus.
Attending the event were many Hillsides board members, including Don Clark, Susan Noce, Schuyler Hollingsworth, Jr., and Lyn Spector. Hillsides ex-officio Donna Ford also attended with her daughter Arielle. Gregg Smith, co-owner of Smith Brothers Restaurant Corporation that owns the Parkway Grill, was also in attendance, as were Hillsides Chief Advancement Officer Carrie Espinoza, and Hillsides Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving Jackie Broxton. Guild members who attended the event included Phyllis D’Ambra, Aline Kuhnle, Armida Baylon, Cynthia Kumanchik, Patti Wickersham, Barbara Robison, Cathy Sedlik, Sue Tutt, and Elizabeth Keller.
The menu for the night consisted of a salad of organic field greens with cabrales bleu cheese, red wine poached pears, candied pecans and raspberry vinaigrette, and for the entree, filet mignon with charred broccolini and crispy fingerling potatoes. Dessert was Creme Brûlée Napoleon -- crisp phyllo squares layered with vanilla bean custard and caramel sauce.
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 www.Hillsides.org. Visit Hillsides on Facebook @hillsideschildren, on Twitter @Hillsides, or on Instagram @HillsidesPasadena.
Photo caption: Left to right: Donna De Mond, Hillsides Chief Advancement Officer Carrie Espinoza, and Patty McAllister. De Mond and McAllister co-chaired the event for the Hillsides Guild, a support group of Hillsides.