Top 10 Reasons to Attend Hillsides Gala, Heart of Brazil

By Lisa Gavitt


Our annual gala, Heart of Brazil, is coming up on Saturday night, February 23, 2019, at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena. This event is our largest fundraiser of the year, and we hope to see you all there. In case you haven’t bought your ticket yet, here are the top 10 reasons to attend:

  1. You will be immersed in a first-class experience of Brazilian culture… so much so that you may even forget you are in Pasadena!
  1. You can break out your colorful statement dress and shoes in the middle of winter. If yellow or orange is your color, this is YOUR year.
  1. You will get to take part in an old Brazilian tradition and make three wishes. No genie in a bottle necessary!
  1. For all you protein lovers, Executive Chef Denis Depoitre of The Langham Huntington, Pasadena will be preparing a carnivore’s dream, a trio of meats. That is meat times three, people!
  1. Who hasn’t dreamed of owning a chest full of treasure? At the gala, you will have a chance to buy the winning key to unlock an extraordinary prize.
  1. You will sip on Brazil’s famous cocktail, Caipirinha. We can’t guarantee we can pronounce it, but guarantee it will taste delicious!
  1. Get your Samba on! A group of Samba dancers will be sharing the evening with us. This will make for a great photo op and they may even teach you a dance move or two.
  1. NBC4’s beloved weathercaster, Fritz Coleman, is the MC for the night. He will keep you laughing while you bid the night away.
  1. You will get the chance to win exclusive auction items, including a one-week stay at Hudson Yards, Manhattan’s newest luxury condos, a tour of the Telsa factory, and VIP tickets to The Magic Castle, to name a few.
  1. Most importantly, the money raised at the gala helps support the nearly 17,000 children and families Hillsides serves. For tickets, please visit


Lisa Gavitt is the development coordinator for Hillsides’ Advancement Department. She recently graduated with a major in communications from California State University, Fullerton and studied abroad for one semester in Sydney, Australia. She has worked with children as a nanny, a tutor, and an English teach in Vietnam, but always dreamed of becoming an event coordinator. Her position at Hillsides has allowed her to fulfill her goals while staying in touch with her passion for helping children.


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