Posted: Monday, January 29, 2018 – 1:00 PM
Las Madrinas honored 28 families and their daughters for their service to the Southern California community, in general, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, in particular, at The Las Madrinas Debutante Ball in The Beverly Hilton with more than 800 on hand.
President Lisa Brandt thanked everyone for joining Las Madrinas in its support of the research programs at CHLA, speaking of its current project, a $5 million pledge for the Las Madrinas Endowment for the Chief of Neurology Chair and the Neurological Institute Epilepsy Program. She then welcomed Douglas Nordli Jr., MD, the inaugural chair holder, as well as Paul Viviano, CHLA’s CEO.
Kelly Rouse was ball chair assisted by Tricia Fink and their committee: Diane Hawley, Shannon Williamson, Lisa Alford, Kathy Hollister, Kristi Simmons, Anne Ryan, Alison Knoll, Erin McKenzie, Courtney Hotchkis, Christina Hoffman, and Andrea Bland.
Debutante chair was Kathy McRoskey assisted by Becca Hartmeier and their committee: Emily Hancock, Jonna Carls, Lucinda Mariscal, Megan Webber, Sandra Naftzger, Kathleen Duncan, Tracy Sykes, Liz Algermissen, Katie High, Katie Garland, Kathy Thompson, Courtney Wolff, Allison Quinlan, and Linda Breen.
Enrique Hernandez, Jr. announced the debs, while David Balfour directed the presentation, accompanied by the Wayne Foster Orchestra which played the traditional father/daughter waltzes.
Established in 1933 as the first affiliate group of CHLA, Las Madrinas has been supporting pediatric medicine for 84 years. Donations made in honor of the young women, together with the annual support of Las Madrinas members and friends, have enabled the group to complete nine major projects at the hospital since 1988, including eight research endowments totaling almost $25 million and a capital project on the cardiovascular floor.
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the U.S.A. It is also one of America’s premier teaching hospitals through its longtime affiliation with USC’s Keck School of Medicine.
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Henry Goldblatt and editors of Entertainment Weekly hosted an official celebration honoring this year’s SAG Awards nominees at Chateau Marmont with music provided by deejay Michelle Pesce.
Maybelline New York presented the event with several special activations on-site to highlight its exciting new collection. Fine jewelry sponsor “Hearts On Fire” celebrated this year’s nominees and toasted to their success with a prosecco bar featuring the staff wearing its sparkling jewelry collection.
Spotted among the crowd… Laurie Metcalf, Miles Brown, Yael Stone, Uzo Aduba, Woody Harrelson, Adeel Akhtar, Laura Marano, Emily Althaus, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Evan Arthur Hall, Eris Baker, Britt Baron, Sam Lerner, Madeline Brewer, Nick Dillenburg, Sterling K. Brown, Amanda Brugel, Richard Jenkins, Sophia Bush, Holly Curran, Natalia Dyer, O-T Fagbenle, James Faulkner, Beanie Feldstein, Zenobia Shroff, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Britney Young, Nelson Franklin, Kimmy Gatewood, Annie Golden, Tony Hale, Anupam Kher, Martin McDonagh, Miriam Morales, Tom Payne, Robert Patrick, Jordan Rodrigues, Saoirse Ronan, Matt Walsh, Elliot Gould, Amanda Warren, and Hannah Zeile.