LOS ANGELES, December 5, 2019 – On Tuesday, the Hillsides Guild, a support group of the foster care charity Hillsides, hosted its annual Holiday Celebration at the Parkway Grill in Pasadena. Nearly 150 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, who serves as the Guild president, and Patty McAllister. Hillsides President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph M. Costa welcomed the crowd to the festively-decorated Parkway Grill, which has been the venue for the event for more than two decades.
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, Ava Herrera, Schuyler Hollingsworth, Jr., Susan Noce and Joe Regan. 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 Armida Baylon, Cathy Brennan, Sally Clark, Dee Conde, Astrid Fishebin, Dee Fisher, Cynthia Kumanchik, Rose Manning, Roberta Martin, Barbara Robison, Cathy Sedlik, Maureen Staley, Claudia Sysock, Sue Tutt, Carol Wickersham and Patti Wickersham.
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 youkon gold mashed potatoes, wild mushroom ragout and marsala-veal reduction. Dessert was Creme Brûlée Napoleon -- crisp phyllo squares layered with vanilla bean custard and caramel sauce.
Photo: Hillsides President and CEO Joe Costa with the 2002 Hillsides Guild Holiday Celebration co-chairs Patty McAllister (left) and Donna De Mond.
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 more than 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. Follow Hillsides on Facebook @hillsideschildren, on Twitter @Hillsides, or Instagram @HillsidesPasadena.