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2018 Families Matter Benefit and Celebration

The 2018 Families Matter Benefit & Celebration Gala, held on Thursday, May 3, at the Beverly Hills Hotel, turned out to be a fabulous night. More than 260 guests in attendance raved about the raucously fun and inspiring evening which raised more than $185,000 to support the critical work of FOF.

Justin Willman, producer and star of the upcoming Netflix series, Magic for Humans, treated the audience to his warm humor and amazing magic tricks as Master of Ceremonies for the evening’s program. The Family of the Year Award was presented to Hildaliza Martinez in recognition of her outstanding achievements as a young mother raising three young children. With the help of multiple FOF programs, Hildaliza has overcome major obstacles to create a secure home and bright future for her family. Musical entertainment was provided by the 2018 Friends of the Family Glee Club composed of thirteen talented children from FOF’s afterschool programs. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Founders Award to Griffin and Alisa Gmelich, in honor of their outstanding commitment to Friends of the Family and to causes that benefit children and families.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to our Event Committee and everyone who contributed to the event’s success – sponsors, guests, volunteers, entertainers, speakers, and auction donors. The proceeds from this event provide crucial support for the work of Friends of the Family focused on lifting children & families out of poverty, protecting them from abuse and neglect, and ensuring their access to quality education, healthcare, and supportive, resourced communities. On behalf of all the children and families who benefit from FOF’s services & activities, we thank you!

If you were unable to attend or if you were there and were especially moved, it is not too late to add your support for this important work, please click here.

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