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WE LOVE BRILLIANCE!

And, the good folks at Hillside’s Foster Care Center have come up with the most brilliant idea EVER for a charity benefit!

FOSTER SOLES is an online auction of autographed celebrity shoes, and it is the primary fundraising activity designed to support the Hillsides Children’s Foster Care Center.  This year, almost ONE HUNDRED FIFTY celebrities graciously sent us autographed shoes – from Joan River’s fuschia Manolo’s, to Ryan Seacrest’s clean white tennis shoes, to Elton John’s exotic, zippered yellow slippers.  The outpouring of support was heartening, especially in a year in which the Center has discovered itself in financially difficult circumstances. 

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Jack & Karen Huang, two of Pasadena’s most committed philanthropists, once again offered their little culinary jewel, Bar Celona, as the host restaurant for this year’s event.  The red carpet kickoff event was hosted by Dr. Drew Pinsky, and was covered by tv’s immensely popular celebrity expose – EXTRA, as well as every noteworthy local television news outlet.  By 5pm, the news trucks were already lining the streets of Old Town’s Colorado Boulevard, with reporters filing segments for all late night news casts.  As well, local coverege of the event was immense, with every local media group sending along a representative to cover the event for print media.  The happy result?  A SOLD OUT EVENT, with hundreds of guests enjoying tapas and sangria, and moving from display to display, including entire casts – from soap operas, to “Dancing with the Stars” – to Ellen’s crisp white converse, to Tim McGraw’s well-worn cowboy boots.  The booze was removed from above the bar, revealing vast displays of celebrity shoes, alongside the 8×10 glossy photos of the shoe’s former owner.  And all for a good cause…

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Please visit Hillside’s for more information, or to offer your time and your talents.

For more information on this event, or to bid on the autographed celebrity shoes, please visit Clothes Off Our Back .

Pasadena’s Bar Celona Restaurant was proud to once again host this BRILLIANT event! 

…A very special thanks to the gracious generosity of Jack & Karen Huang for making this event a reality…even in the land of Hollywood stars…

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And our very BEST WISHES for great success to the dedicated staff of Hillsides!  You Are BRILLIANT!