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September 23, 2017  3rd Annual Garden Gala

El Nido Family Centers’ Third Annual Garden Gala Celebrates Creativity, Collaboration and Transformation


We welcome friends and supporters to fill Robinson Gardens’ expansive grounds, enjoy docent-led garden tours of the landmark Beverly Hills estate, tastes from top LA chefs, libations, dinner, entertainment, and a fast- moving live auction.

The Garden Gala is the rare event where guests are personally able to meet the young people whose lives have been dramatically transformed as a result of El Nido’s programs.  Funds raised will go to the 92-year-old nonprofit’s services that helps over 10,000 Los Angeles County youth, families and children each year.

Watch a brief Garden Gala 2016 recap Video


El Nido youth in the Garden to Table program collaborate on tastings with chefs  The Garden to Table curriculum includes urban gardening, hands-on cooking instruction and budgeting skills taught by Max Kaplan of Hugo’s restaurants.

The young photographers in El Nido’s Gang Reduction Youth Development (GRYD) program showcase their talents in “My LA…A City Seen through the Eyes of El Nido’s Teens,” a photography exhibition from GRYD’s current and alumni photographers. The GRYD photos reflect the students’ explorations and visits to iconic LA sites led by professional photographer Richard Doran.

Teen clients from various El Nido programs present dramatic readings of their own writings, based on the theme “My Life’s Journey.” The teens, who have dealt with gang activity, abuse, bullying and teen parenting issues, were spotlighted in the audience as they told their moving stories.

Garden Gala 2016 EVENT SPONSORS

We are thankful to last year’s generous Kaiser Permanente, Luz and Robert Kyncl, Rose Norton and Phil Savenick

And Supporting Sponsors:

Alliant Event Services; Stuart and Susie Berton; Best Events; First 5 LA; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP; Golden Road Brewing; Karma Tequila; media sponsor Los Angeles magazine; Steve Poretzky and Patty Woo; Fred and Marta Samulon; Jesse and Danielle Shapiro; Jason and Laurie Spivak; YouTube


The Venue

Robinson Gardens, 1008 Elden Way, Beverly Hills, CA

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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Robinson Gardens estate was built in 1911 and originally owned by Virginia and Harry Robinson of LA’s J. W. Robinson department store fame. On the passing of Virginia Robinson, the estate was bequeathed to the County of Los Angeles and today is part of the Department of Parks and Recreation. The County, along with Friends of Robinson Gardens, a non-profit organization, maintains the lush, six acre-grounds that include an awe-inspiring Australian King Palm forest and an urban farm where history and science come to life for visiting schoolchildren.