PRLog - Dec. 4, 2008 - LOS ANGELES -- The 56th Annual "Festival of Trees" which benefits abused and at-risk boys and girls served by Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services, was held on Monday, December 1st at the Burbank Marriott Hotel & Convention Center. Television anchor Rick Chambers of KCBS-TV was the emcee for the fundraiser, which featured dozens of elaborately decorated Christmas. An accompanying fashion show, produced by Damon & Draper, was hosted by Kate Linder, star of the popular daytime drama "The Young and the Restless" and featured Hilary Gushwa, the reigning Miss California International.
Director for the Optimist Youth Home, Hilary Gushwa and Kate Linder
Since its inception in 1952, the event has raised nearly $650,000 to support the Home's programs and services, mostly coming from Optimist Clubs from throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Based in Highland Park, Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services provides comprehensive mental health treatment, specialized education and support services to 550 abused and neglected youth and their families each week.
The 2008 "Festival of Trees" was co-chaired by Dee Gadbury and Cathy McCutcheon, both officers of the Santa Clarita Valley Optimist Club. Traditionally, 60 or more holiday trees are on display, sponsored and beautifully decorated by Optimist and Opti-Mrs. Clubs, businesses and individuals. Committee members include Gerrie Meara of Calabasas, Nancy Herman of Thousand Oaks, Betty Preston of Paso Robles, Pam Duben of Castaic, and Adelaide Moniz of Valencia.
For more information about Miss California International 2009, please visit Hilary’s blog at http://www.misscaliforniaintl09.blogspot.com. Additional information about the Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services can be found at http://www.oyhfs.org.