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Hillsides Virtual Gala, Raising Hope, Raises More Than $470,000 for Children and Families
LOS ANGELES, March 1, 2021 -- Hillsides, a Southern California mental health and foster care agency, raised more than $470,000 during its first-ever Virtual Gala, Raising Hopewhich was live-streamed on February 27, 2021 via YouTube.  
Hundreds of supporters tuned in to view the live broadcast that benefits the 17,000 children, youth, and families Hillsides serves. Raising Hope was chaired by Hillsides’ President and CEO Emeritus Joseph M. Costa, who is retiring in June after more than 11 years of service to HillsidesPortions of the show were recorded and available for viewing at our event site. 
Highlights of the program included a welcome message from Sir Elton John, a live auction emceed by retired NBC4 weathercaster Fritz Coleman, and after-show performances by Nancy Wilson of Heart and Davey Johnstone and John Mahon of the Elton John Band. Costa was also presented with a Hillsides Lifetime Achievement Award for his 30-plus years of public service by new Hillsides President and CEO Stacey Roth.  
During the live auction portion of the program, guests bid on many exciting packages, including vacation packages to New York, Montana, and Mexico, celebrity meet-and-greets, and lavish dinner packagesThe program also included touching video stories of clients who have received services from our Family Resource Centers and Youth Moving On program. 
The gala was made possible by many generous sponsors, including the lead sponsor The Donald Zonshine Family Foundation. The other major sponsors are Willis Towers Watson, Ayrshire Foundation, Claudia Calandrino, Don and Sally Clark, The H. Leslie & Elaine S. Hoffman Foundation, Kim and Rob Shepherd, Sherm and Marge Telleen, and Western Asset Management 
The gala committee consisted of Honorary Gala Chair Joseph M. Costa, Edison BarbosaArmida Baylon-StelzerCathy BrennanDonna De MondBill EichlerJohn S. GongBernie GoreKatie HamrickAva HerreraStacey HoppeSara JenningsAna MaarsePamela MahonSusan NoceSusan PinskySara J. SimpsonLyn SpectorMaureen StaleyChelisa VagimUyen-Uyen VoKim Weleba. 

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 over 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. 

We provide home-based family care (formerly known as foster care) to help children and youth heal from the effects of trauma. Included in the home-based care are treatment and adoption services for children and youth ranging from newborn to 21 years old. >
Our centers offer numerous community-based programs and services that provide parenting classes, mental health support, and additional crucial resources for vulnerable children and families throughout Los Angeles County, including the San Gabriel Valley and Pasadena. >
We offer comprehensive family support and individual mental health treatment for children and adolescents, ages 6 to 17. This program includes a Residential Treatment Center (RTC), a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), as well as coordinated family and aftercare programming. >
Youth Moving On, with support from The Everychild Foundation, provides former foster youth affordable quality housing and numerous support services to help them become responsible, self-sufficient adults. >

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