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This year’s annual fundraising gala, Holiday of the Heart, was HOLA’s most successful fundraising event ever! Over 400 guests gathered at the Beverly Hills Hotel to enjoy an evening filled with good food, an extraordinary program and just some plain old fashion fun. Philanthropist Michael Ziering was honored for his continued support and dedication as a volunteer. The evening began with a silent auction that featured a number of beautiful art pieces created by HOLA staff and students. After a frenzy of last minute bidding, the guests moved into the beautiful dining room where they were treated to live music from Stew and the Crew and the YOLA at HOLA Wind Ensemble. Ashley and Gilman, 4th grade students in the SmartStart Elementary Program, charmed the guests with their welcome speech and the program continued from there. The Wind Ensemble played a medley of songs from West Side Story, followed by the HOLA Big Band.

omg! Insider co-host Kevin Frazier emcee’d the live auction “Stand Up for HOLA,” raising vital funds to support HOLA’s programs. Honoree Michael Ziering gave an impassioned and heartfelt speech, receiving thunderous applause and a standing ovation. The evening continued with a beautiful rendition of Katy Perry’s Roar sung by high school seniors Melissa and Andy, accompanied by Lauro on guitar and Michelle on piano. Capping off the evening was the presentation of this year’s Nate Holden Scholarships to five HOLA alums and the presentation of the HOLA Class of 2014. We were thrilled to have Nate Holden in attendance to personally congratulate the recipients.

Special thanks to Melinda Page Hamilton and her Devious Maids cast mates, Judy Reyes and Ana Ortiz, for joining us for the festivities and finally, thank you to all of our sponsors of the evening, we owe the success of the evening to each of you:

Triple Platinum Heart Sponsor
Marilyn Ziering

Double Platinum Heart Sponsor
The Audrey Irmas Foundation for Social Justice

Platinum Heart Sponsor
Annenberg Foundation
John W. Carson Foundation
Michael and Diane Ziering

Heart of Gold Sponsor
Bingham McCutchen LLP
Mary and Dan James
Ortho Mattress
Southwest Airlines
Ziffren Brittenham LLP

Silver Heart Sponsor
Paola and Emiliano Calemzuk
Charles Pankow Builders Ltd.
Eleda Cohen
Quinn and Bryan Ezralow
Virginia Mancini
RBC Capital Markets LLC
US Bank
Warner Bros. Entertainment
Alison Whalen and Steven Marenberg
Wyman & Isaacs LLP
Amy Ziering


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