Hillsides Hosts Sponsor Reception for Annual Gala, La Nuit des Rêves
Left to right:  Joseph M. Costa, Joan McCarthy, and John Gong

LOS ANGELES, January 31, 2018 – Some 85 guests attended Hillsides’ gala sponsor reception on Tuesday, January 30 at a chateau-style estate in Pasadena. The evening featured a replica of the Eiffel Tower, a French specialty cocktail, and French-styled appetizers to match the theme of this year's upcoming gala, La Nuit des Rêves, which will be held on February 24 at the Langham Huntington, Pasadena.  The gala name translates into The Night of Dreams.

The event was as an opportunity for Hillsides to thank the many generous gala sponsors. The proceeds of the gala, which is the charity’s largest fundraiser of the year, benefit the 14,000 children, youth, and families that Hillsides serves throughout Southern California.   

Major sponsors of the gala include Mario and Shelly Fiumani – Pin USA, Jacob Maarse Florists, Kaiser Permanente, Rusnak Auto Group, Sherm and Marge Telleen, The Havner Family Foundation, The Walt Disney Company, Western Asset Management, and Willis Towers Watson.

During the evening, Hillsides President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph M. Costa introduced the gala co-chairs, long-time Hillsides’ supporters Joan McCarthy and John Gong, thanking them for their leadership.  Next, McCarthy spoke, emphasizing the importance of the event. “We are making dreams come true for the children,” she said. “I want this gala to be fun, but we must remember, it’s for the kids.”

The gala sponsor reception was co-sponsored by the International Buddhist Peaceful Enlightenment, Inc.  During the reception, in an unexpected and welcome surprise, the organization announced its decision to become a gala sponsor.

The gala committee consists of Armida Baylon-Stelzer, Cathy Brennan, Kelly Chamberlain, Donna De Mond, Shelly and Mario Fiumani, Megan Foker, Donna B. Ford, Gina Guerra, Stacey Hoppe, Dr. Judith Oh Kim, Ana Maarse, Pamela Mahon, Judy Kenyon Martin, Susan Noce, Susan Pinsky, Courtney Saavedra, Robert and Deborah Simon, Sara J. Simpson, Maureen Staley, Rebecca Trail and Kim Weleba.

Tickets to La Nuit des Rêves are $300.  To buy tickets for the gala, please click here or contact Bernie Gore at


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 14,000 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.

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