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Joan Mangum’s Society Scene—Wallis Annenberg PetSpace Marks 1-Year AnniFURsary

From left, Wallis Annenberg, president/CEO of the Annenberg Foundation, and Cinny Kennard, the foundation’s executive director, at The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace one-year anniFURsary event in Playa Vista. Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images

Posted: Friday, June 29, 2018 – 9:19 PM

Wallis Annenberg PetSpace, celebrated its 1-year anniFURsary last Sunday in Playa Vista.

This is a community space focused on pet adoptions, educational programming and the science behind the human/animal bond. The premises were filled with adoptable pets, behind-the-scenes tours, free food trucks (for dogs too!), face painting for kids, photo booths and more festivities for the entire family.

Anyone looking to adopt a pet may visit the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace ( Wednesdays-Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are dogs, cats, and rabbits that are up for adoption for a flat fee of $80.

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Beverly Hills residents Helen and Ira Laufer, Sally Karbelnig and Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills Rabbi Emerita Laura Geller celebrate ChaiVillageLA’s  (www.chaivillage second anniversary.

Almost 140 members of the vibrant virtual village gathered at Temple Isaiah to enjoy a slide show of village highlights, testimonials and food.

Grounded in Jewish values, the pioneering collaboration by Temple Emanuel and Temple Isaiah is the first and only synagogue-based village in the country.  

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Amid springtime celebrations and graduations, Las Madrinas announced that 28 families and their daughters will be honored for service to the Southern California community and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles at its Las Madrinas Debutante Ball on Friday, Dec. 21 at the Beverly Hilton.

Last month, the debs gathered at The Saban Research Institute of CHLA for an informational meeting and tour, where they were greeted by President/CEO Paul Viviano. Dr. Robert Shaddy, pediatrician-in-chief at CHLA then spoke about the 10 previous programs Las Madrinas has funded over the years and what these programs are still doing for the hospital today.

Then the debs–joined by their mothers and grandmothers–were treated to a tea at the home of Chantal Bennett. Las Madrinas President Kathy Thompson welcomed the families and thanked them for their contributions and commitment to the community. Also on hand were this year’s Debutante Chairman Missy Kolsky and Ball Chairman Kristin Harrison.

Las Madrinas was established in 1933 as the first affiliate group of Children’s Hospital L.A. and has been supporting pediatric medicine for 85 years.



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