Mar 8, 2013

PASADENA, Calif. The Friends of Foothill Family, a volunteer guild of more than 100 local women supporting the work of Foothill Family Service, are proud to present “The Gatsby Affair” on March 16th at a private club in Downtown Los Angeles.

Attendees will travel back to the jazz age, a time of Art Deco inspired elegance, for a carefree evening that begins at 6:00 p.m. with a silent auction, signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Dinner, a live auction and dancing will round out The Roaring Twenties-themed festivities.

In addition to celebrating Foothill’s 87th anniversary and 25th Annual Benefit, the Friends of Foothill will be honoring CEO Helen Morran-Wolf for 21 years of inspirational leadership as she announces her retirement from Foothill Family Service.

Live music will set the tone for this the festive gin and jazz era gala, while Auctioneer Jim Nye will facilitate the live auction, filled with once-in-a-lifetime experiences. A week-long stay at the exclusive Mauna Kea Beach Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii is just one of many enticing packages being offered that evening. Other unique opportunities include a private suite for 12 at the Staples Center for the August 8, 2013 concert featuring Billboard’s New Artist of the Year, One Direction; a five-course wine dinner at Pasadena’s Bistro 45, featuring French-inspired cuisine paired with superlative wine pairings; and an original painting titled “Remember Me” by renowned artist Sally Storch, currently on display at Bistro 45.

All funds raised through the event support the programs of Foothill Family Service, a mental health and social service agency that serves the most vulnerable populations in the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys, Glendale and Burbank – high-risk and underserved children, teens and families in need.

Inspired by the spirit of The Gatsby Affair theme, Benefit Chairs Leslie Clayton and Jill Westbrook Roberts have called upon the Friends to embrace their inner Flapper while working together to create an exciting evening to benefit Foothill, thereby serving the community and local families in need. “Foothill Family Service has a very special place in our hearts because the funds we raise literally change lives. Foothill gives people hope and keeps families together,” said Roberts. “What’s more important than that?”

Led by Friends President Jennifer Allen and Vice President Michele Canon, the Friends have worked tirelessly throughout the year to create this special event. “We are very fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers and generous supporters,” said Canon. “It is inspiring to work alongside people who believe in the same mission and are willing to donate their time and resources to reach the same goal — raising money for Foothill Family.”

In addition to those who are working to create a top-notch gala for Foothill, The Gatsby Affair patrons include Jennifer and Chris Allen, Aon Corporation, Jeanne and Michael Beckman, H. Thomas Boyle and Wendy Lees, Michael and Angela Buchanan, Michele and Brett Canon, Kim and Berne Evans, The Green Foundation, Luther Burbank Savings, Jill and Rick Roberts, The Walt Disney Company – Andrea Gibson, and Wells Fargo The Private Bank – Steven P. Mann and Art Saldivar. Sponsors include Jacob Maarse Florists, Nick Boswell Photography, Outlook Newspapers and Single Stone on Mission Street.

In anticipation of the upcoming event, the Friends of Foothill Family group is offering opportunity drawing tickets for the chance to win a $5,000 gift certificate to Single Stone on Mission Street, where you can select from an exquisite collection of fine vintage and contemporary jewelry. Opportunity drawing tickets cost $100 each and only 100 will be sold. The drawing will take place during the benefit, but the winner need not be present to win.

Tickets to the event and opportunity drawing tickets are still available for purchase by contacting Susan Dutra at (626) 564-1613 ext. 135 or For specific information about auction items and more, please visit