Hillsides’ Retiring CEO to Preside Over ‘Raising Hope’ Gala

Joe Costa

Hillsides, a Southern California foster care and mental health charity, has named Joseph M. Costa, its retiring President and CEO, as honorary chair of its first Virtual Gala “Raising Hope,” to be held online on Feb. 27.
Costa, the emeritus of Hillsides who has served for more than 11 years, will lead the gala format, which is being presented virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I am very excited to show our supporters what our gala committee has in store for this incredibly special and unique event,” said Costa, who will retire from Hillsides in June, in a news release. “Although we would love nothing more than to come together with our incredible supporters at our usual in-person gathering at The Langham Huntington in Pasadena, the pandemic had other plans for us. However, we’ve decided to use this setback as an opportunity to create an entirely new event that will contain many of the elements that our supporters look forward to and new elements that will make this a virtual event to remember. Most importantly, this online format allows us to showcase this noteworthy event to a whole new audience who will be able to attend for free and experience our impactful program and entertainment lineup.”
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Hillsides Receives $5 Million Grant

Petersen Foundation Director Kevin Strauch, Petersen Foundation President Galeta (Gigi) Carleton, Hillsides President and CEO Joseph M. Costa, Hillsides Board chair Donna Ford and Hillsides Campaign Cabinet co-chair Donald P. Clark.
Petersen Foundation Director Kevin Strauch, Petersen Foundation President Galeta (Gigi) Carleton, Hillsides President and CEO Joseph M. Costa, Hillsides Board chair Donna Ford and Hillsides Campaign Cabinet co-chair Donald P. Clark.

The Margie & Robert E. Petersen Foundation has awarded a $5 million grant to Hillsides for at-risk teens and young adults. It is the largest grant ever received in the foster care charity’s 104-year history.
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