Tuesday, May 4, 2010

3rd Annual Camper by Camper Gala helps send more than 150 at-risk youth to camp this summer

The Society's Council of Los Angeles on May 1 hosted its 3rd annual Camper by Camper Gala, which raised funds to help send more than 150 at-risk children to St. Vincent de Paul's Circle V Ranch Camp this summer.

NCIS actress Pauley Perrette (Community Advocate's Award) and Dr. Don Thomas of Pasadena (Humanitarian of the Year) were honored for their outstanding philanthropic work.

The Camper by Camper Gala - held at the Four Seasons Los Angeles in Beverly Hills - included fine dining, an awards ceremony, silent and live auctions.

Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist and current anchor/reporter of KTLA News, Wendy Burch, served as Mistress of Ceremonies and Diana Bianchini of Di Moda Public Relations served as Event Chair. Celebrities and other notable attendees included Meredith Eaton, Tom Bergeron, Jennifer Gimenez, Mila Hermanovski, David Dean Bottrell, Christian Clemenson, L.A. Council President Jim Weiss and the Council's new Executive Director, David Fields.

Sponsors included Bank of America, CATZ Sports Performance Center, Watson Land Company, Deloitte LLP, Los Angeles World Airports, Polenzani & Hyman Minges Families, Pic-a-Pak and Bug Bam.

Circle V Ranch Camp, which is celebrating its 65th year of operation in 2010, is a program owned and operated by the Society. Each year, close to 1,200 children attend eight one-week sessions to build self esteem, learn teamwork and just be kids, free from the stress of their daily lives.

To learn more about Circle V Ranch camp, or to help sponsor a child to summer camp, call 323-224-6213 or visit www.svdpla.org.

Photos (top to bottom): Actress Pauley Perrette (center) and Council Executive Director David Fields share a laugh with the Daughters of Charity; With Pauley Perrette are fellow actors (l-r) Christian Clemenson, Meredith Eaton and David Dean Bottrell; Dr. Don Thomas receives his award from Tim & Katie Hooten; Mistress of Ceremonies Wendy Burch, anchor/reporter from KTLA News; Circle V Ranch Director Ray Lopez.

Photos by Alex Berliner

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