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Hillsides Names Gala Chairs for 2019 Gala, Heart of Brazil
Left to right:  Gala co-chairs Bill Eichler, Pam Mahon, and Edison Barbosa

LOS ANGELES, October 2, 2018 -- Hillsides, a Southern California foster care and mental health charity, has named three long-time supporters of Hillsides as gala chairs for the 2019 Gala:  Edison Barbosa, Bill Eichler, and Pam Mahon. The co-chairs, friends for more than 20 years, have selected Heart of Brazil as the theme.

“Brazil inspires us in many ways – we adore the food, the music, the colorful celebrations, and the diversity,” said Mahon. “We also appreciate what we consider the heart of the culture – the ability of the Brazilian people to overcome any challenge and live in joy and acceptance of each other. Like Brazil, at the heart of Hillsides is the deep commitment to helping children and families rise from adversity to heal and thrive.”

The chairs plan on transforming this year’s gala into a tropical paradise. The evening will offer the best the country has to offer, from Brazilian food and decorations to entertainment that showcases the culture’s signature dances, the samba and bossa nova.

 “When you visit Brazil, you are transported to another world.  At the gala, we also hope to sweep our guests into an unforgettable experience,” said Barbosa, who is Brazilian.

Mahon, who won a 2016 Hillsides Angel Award for her contributions to Hillsides, has already chaired one gala for Hillsides.  All three co-chairs have attended Hillsides galas for the last 20 years.

“The Hillsides gala is always one of the highlights of the year, and we have wanted to chair one for a long time,” said Eichler.  “We are so excited to be finally making it happen.”

The Hillsides Gala, the largest fundraiser of the year, will be held on February 23, 2019 at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena. The funds raised will support Hillsides five core programs: a residential treatment program for children in foster care; a program for youth transitioning from foster care; Hillsides Education Center, a nonpublic school for students with academic and/or behavioral issues; family resource centers offering mental health services; and a foster care and adoption program.  The charity serves 15,000 children and families throughout Southern California.    

Tickets for Heart of Brazil are $300. There are many opportunities for organizations and individuals to sponsor the event or donate auction packages. To learn more about different levels of support and the benefit of contributing to the gala, please contact Bernie Gore, Hillsides special events manager at 323-543-2800, ext. 12253 or


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 15,000 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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