Foothill Family Benefit is March 18

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Ezra and Marisa Callahan and Stephanie and Greg McLemore enjoyed last year’s Foothill Family benefit. This year’s annual fundraiser, the Black & White Masked Ball, will be held Saturday, March 18, at the California Club in downtown Los Angeles.

Friends of Foothill Family, a volunteer guild of more than 100 local women supporting the work of Foothill Family, is
hosting its annual benefit on Saturday, March 18, at the California Club in downtown Los Angeles.
“The theme this year is a Black & White Masked Ball, inspired by Truman Capote’s Black & White Ball of 1966, where the collision of art, high society and fashion lit up the Plaza Hotel’s Grand Ballroom for a legendary night, dubbed ‘The party of the century,’” according to a Foothill Family spokesperson.
But behind the masks, glitter and style is an important purpose. Foothill Family reaches more than 24,000 children and families who have suffered from abuse, trauma and violence, or are challenged with behavioral health or developmental concerns. All proceeds from the event benefit Foothill Family’s life-changing programs.
“The annual benefit raises unrestricted funds in support of Foothill Family and is our single largest fundraiser each year,” said Steve Allen, Foothill Family’s CEO. “We are exceedingly grateful for the hard work and remarkable commitment of our Friends of Foothill Family, who know how to throw a phenomenal party without losing sight of the bigger picture.”
Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Attendees can bid on such items as a signature New York City getaway at the Plaza Hotel, tickets to see “Hamilton” in San Francisco, as well as top-notch travel opportunities to Mexico, Big Bear and Hawaii. Bidders will have access to the mobile site for silent auction items several days before the event. In addition, the evening will include dinner, a live auction, dancing and live entertainment by Soulville California.
“Each year, the Friends of Foothill Family pour their time, talent and treasure into the planning and execution of this meaningful benefit on behalf of Foothill Family,” event co-chairs Vivian Godoy-Rodriguez and Annelise Dachel said in a statement. “We feel fortunate to fundraise and support a mission-driven organization like Foothill Family, whose programs and services benefit families right here in our communities.”
Godoy-Rodriguez and Dachel have been working alongside a devoted team of volunteers, including Friends President Nicole Adrien, past President Lily Lee, auction chairwoman Rachel Criswell, and patron co-chairs Marisa Callahan and Kelley Carpiac.

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