H100 Hosts Successful Farm to Table Dinner Benefiting Hillsides Teen Residential Homes

first_imgGatherings H100 Hosts Successful Farm to Table Dinner Benefiting Hillsides Teen Residential Homes From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, June 27, 2014 | 11:12 am Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  H100, a philanthropic support group of Hillsides aimed at young professionals, hosted a successful Farm to Table dinner on June 22 that combined fine dining, friends, a stunning setting, and a good cause. The H100 Board, from left to right: Ava Herrera, social co-chair; April Danz, president; David Hitchcock, membership chair; Kristin Thorell, communications chair; Jennifer Brian, vice president and treasurer; and Lauralyn Deringer, social co-chair. Not pictured: Annie Brose, satellite homes liaison.Some 100 guests gathered at the picturesque Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge on the night of June 22 for Hillsides fifth annual Farm to Table Dinner. The event was sponsored by H100, a philanthropic support group of Hillsides aimed at young professionals. This one-of-a-kind event combined friends, fine dining, and a stunning setting while raising funds for Hillsides teen residential homes in the community.“This Farm to Table Dinner was our most successful to date,” said H100 President April Danz. “More than half of the guests were either new H100 members or those interested in learning more about Hillsides and H100. And we raised more than $4,000 for the girls and boys homes’ summer activities.”The evening began with a reception from 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. while guests mingled in the garden. Guests then sat down to dinner in the Rose Pavilion, a craftsman-style open air pavilion surrounded by 4,000 rose bushes.The dinner, catered by Patina at Descanso, was served family style on rows of farm house tables. The multi-course menu consisted of innovative and local farm-fresh foods. Courses were accompanied by wine pairings provided by Mission Wines. For the first course, diners enjoyed a salad of wild baby arugula, fava beans, pecorino, and lemon and a dish of seasonal vegetables in red quinoa. For the entrée, guests were treated to wild Atlantic salmon and grilled grass-fed hanger steak accompanied by sweet corn ravioli, sautéed rapini, and caramelized heirloom cauliflower. For dessert, guests had their choice of red raspberry lemon Bundt cake and mini chocolate mousse petit fours.During the dinner, Danz introduced the rest of the H100 board, which consists of Jennifer Brian, vice president and treasurer; Annie Brose, teen satellite homes liaison; Lauralyn Deringer and Ava Herrera, social co-chairs; David Hitchcock, membership chair; and Kristin Thorell, communications chair. The H100 founders are Scott Steuber and Jeff Welch. Danz also thanked the Farm to Table Committee, which consisted of board members Deringer and Herrera, Leticia Medina, and Nicola Wilkins-Miller, for their hard work.After dinner, Hillsides Director of Group Homes Ramona McGee spoke about Hillsides teen residential homes, which provide a safe and stable environment for teens in the foster care system or who face emotional or behavioral challenges.McGee then introduced a former resident of the homes and the teen’s mother. The mother explained that her daughter was “drowning” emotionally without the will to live before coming to live at Hillsides as a young teen. At Hillsides, the staff helped her overcome her difficulties and feel hope and joy again. “It took a team to do what my daughter needed done,” said the mother. ”I will be forever grateful for that. It was the absolute best thing for our family.” Her daughter agreed, stating that without Hillsides, “I would be dead, in jail, or in the streets.” Now 17, she recently graduated from high school and will attend college in August.After the program, guests donated toward specific wishes of the teens in the homes, such as bicycles and summer field trips.Sponsors of the event included Nadine and Tony Danz, Armen and Katherine Panossian, Rob and Emilie Hoyt, Kristin and Keith Thorell, Annie Brose and Chris Anzalone, April Danz and Kelly Johnson, Lauralyn Deringer, Ava and Ed Herrera, Matthew and Kim Bickell, Jimmy and Jennifer Garcia, Edward and Noelle Aloe, Don and Sally Clark, Elizabeth M. Short and Michael A. Friedman, and Rachel and Scott Steuber.Hillsides, headquartered in Pasadena, is a premier provider dedicated to improving the overall well-being and functioning of vulnerable children, youth, and families throughout Los Angeles County. 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