Sam Sarpong & Vanessa Curry hosted Hearts for Hope Luncheon & Fashion Show benefiting Union Rescue Mission

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Nestle awarded Service Award at the Hearts for Hope Luncheon & Fashion Show 2013.

On February 9, 2013, the Hearts for Hope Fashion Show & Luncheon was held at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village located at 2 Dole Dr, Westlake Village, CA 91362 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. This grand event was held to benefit the “Union Rescue Mission’s Hope Gardens Family Center.

With all the supporters who came out to contribute, this will help women and children.  Hope Garden’s Family Center is a transitional living and permanent housing facility designed for women and children.  The facility provides a comprehensive program to help self-empowered independent living in 12-36 months.  At the end of the program, the goal is for head of household to have a stable income and move in a home on their own.  It is a great program that helps the women and children in need to get back on their feet. With monies raised, the center can continue to assists those who are in the program.

The event started at 10:00 a.m., featuring a photo area for guest to have their picture taken, silent auction, celebrities interviews, fashion show, and vendors displaying their products for guests to bid on the silent auction. Many companies contributed items to be auctioned off at the event to help support this great organization.

Many contributors were able to select from goods such as wine, baskets full of goodies, hotel stays, airline trips, hotel resorts stay, autograph items such as a baseball, and purses.  Also a various vendors displayed their goods to be purchased.  Selections such as jewelry, wine, dresses, blouses, and glass ware were many to choose from and take home.

Once the silent auction ended, people started to head towards the ball room to be seated for lunch.  The Mistress and Master of Ceremony Vanessa Curry who is a solo artist and professional dancer, and Sam Sarpong who is an actor, supermodel, host, singer and an entertainer were introduced.

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Nestle, named one of the most admired food companies who provides quality brands and products from nutritious meals and baking traditions made delicious was honored with the “Heart for Service Award Honoree”.   Also, Bente Christensen and the Get’ Er Done Team was also awarded the “Hearts for Service Award Honoree”.  Bente is a TV Production Designer who has worked on a variety of TV shows.  The “Get Er’ Done” team is a group of the Bente’s family, friends, and professional associates that makes a difference n the lives of the women and children that live at the Hope Gardens’.

“Rebecca Taylor” and “VINCE” designers had models walk the runway to show some of their spring collection. Rebecca’s designs were natural colors ranging from blue, brown and white dresses and short pants. Cool material was a best fit for her spring collection. A little sparkle added made it look dressy for a special event. “VINCE” cool blazer jackets and casual pants made the male models look chic and ready to hit the town. Jeans never go out of style, so just adding a jacket or blazer makes an outfit look stylist, and can be worn anywhere and anytime.


Overall, the committee, Board of Directors, staff, and contributors were pleased that many funds were raised today to help in continuing the programs at the “Union Rescue Mission’s Hope Gardens Family Center”.  If you would like to contribute, please feel free to go to their website at www.urm.org.  Make a difference and give to those in need.

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Photos credit to: Stella Gomez/Disco Stella’s Pics for Diversity News Magazine published by Diversity News Publications.


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