Friday, April 16, 2010

Camper by Camper is Gala is 2 weeks away

The Society will hold its 3rd Annual CAMPER by CAMPER Gala Awards on Saturday, May 1st, 2010 at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills to raise funds to send more than a thousand at-risk youth, ages 7-13, to Circle V Ranch Camp this summer.

The Camper by Camper Gala, which will include fine dining, an awards ceremony, silent and live auctions, honors local individuals who are committed to changing the lives of at-risk youth in their community.

This year, the Society will honor Actress & philanthropist Pauley Perrette who, in addition to playing “Abby Sciuto” since 2003 on NCIS, the number 1 show in the world, is an active voice and volunteer in her community. She will be honored with the Society’s Community Advocate’s Award.

Dr. Don Thomas will receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award for a lifetime of outstanding philanthropic work. Dr. Thomas has practiced medicine for the last 40+ years, holding various positions such as Emergency Department Director of Huntington Memorial Hospital and Medical Director of Occidental's Emmons Health Center in addition to his own private practice in the Pasadena area.

Young and Healthy, a nonprofit organization that provides free health care to medically uninsured children in the Pasadena area, was co-founded by Dr. Thomas 20 years ago. This successful program has been recognized by President Bush and by many other cities across the country where Young and Healthy's model program has been replicated.

Circle V Ranch Camp is located in the Los Padres National Forest and operated by St. Vincent de Paul. Each year, the Society sends 1,200 children to camp for eight one-week sessions to build self esteem, learn teamwork, participate in fun activities and just be a kid.

Gala tickets are available at $300 each, which sends one deserving child to camp for one week. For more information about the Society’s Camper by Camper sponsorships and advertising opportunities, or to purchase tickets, please visit, or contact Sandra Gillard at 323.276.6083 or

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