As you drive east on Sunset Boulevard toward Beverly Hills, you’ll pass a house that's sure to catch your eye. Its life-sized, amusing sculptures can't be missed. You’ll ask yourself, “I wonder who lives there?” and “What else is behind those gates?”
The guests at Wells Bring Hope’s annual fundraiser had those questions answered for them last Sunday when they were welcomed to the home of philanthropist, Stanley Black.
It was a balmy afternoon, a perfect time to stroll the 2 ½ acres and feast one’s eyes on the many statues that dot the lawn.
Honorees, Mandana and Alan Azad had many of their friends join them.
Also joining us was Adrian Paul of The Highlander TV series and founder of The Peace Fund.
With close to 100 items in our silent auction, our guests had lots of ways to spend their donor dollars, including many travel and fine dining experiences.
At the close of the silent auction, guests moved to the back lawn, to be welcomed by Founder and President, Barbara Goldberg, who talked about the work of Wells Bring Hope and why it is worthy of their donor dollars.
After Barbara's remarks, Cultural Ambassador to UNESCO, Gil Garcetti, the man who inspired Wells Bring Hope, presented an award to honorees Mandana and Alan Azad, and Adrian Paul spoke about why The Peace Fund chose to support Wells Bring Hope.
Following Barbara's and Gil's remarks, Grant Snyder, auctioneer extraordinaire, took the stage to auction off some amazing trips—to Puerto Vallarta, Park City, and Napa plus two tickets to anywhere in the world, Business Class, on Turkish Airlines.
Thanks to our wonderful supporters and tireless volunteers, the event was a huge success! We raised over $300,000 thanks to the help of Bill Bloomfield who matched funds that were donated for wells, in the amount of $25,000. Special thanks to Gigi and Alan Cheung of Panda Restaurant Group who donated eight wells that were matched by the Panda Foundation. We would also like to thank pro bono Event Planner and long-time friend of Barbara’s, Carol Rosen of Party Designs by Carol.
We are very grateful to Debrah Lemattre of Stretch Media for capturing the festive atmosphere and joyful donors in all of these terrific photographs!
*If you would like to see more photos or download any of those you see above, they will be available here until the end of the month.