EVENT REVIEW: LA Young Pro Cinco De Mayo Charity Gala

(April 30, 2004: Los Angeles, CA)  The historic Gilmore Adobe abode was home to a most unique Cinco de Mayo event this year, back by popular demand: the eighth annual Cinco De Mayo Charity celebration, put on by the LA Young Professionals group as a benefit for Para Los Niños.

The lush oasis of the Adobe lies hidden next to a new landmark, The Grove

The 2004 edition of the Celebration took place at one of Los Angeles' most extraordinary landmarks, the Gilmore Adobe (old and historic, true, yet located right next to one of LA's most vibrant new shopping centers, The Grove).

The Gilmore Adobe historic home offered an ideal idyllic setting

In addition to informal tours of the Adobe, the festive evening included cocktails and hors d'oeuvres (multiple Mexican buffets), live music, and a silent auction. The soiree was a great success, attracting hundreds of guests and raising tens of thousands for a very worthy cause.  Guests in attendance included celebrities, civic leaders, elected officials, prominent business representatives -- as well as many youthful, fun-loving LA singles (most of whom no doubt came thanks to the efforts of the event co-sponsor, LA Young Pro).  All in all, a wonderful time was had by all.

A quartet of stylish partygoers

Para Los Niños ("For The Children"), founded in 1980, is a nonprofit family service agency designed to raise at-risk children out of poverty and into brighter futures through positive educational opportunities and support involving families and communities. The agency serves more than 3,500 families each year and more than 1,300 children, ranging from 6 weeks to 18 years old, each weekday. Programs and services are located at 15 sites in Pico-Union, Central, East, West, and South Central Los Angeles, and Ontario.  To learn more about this organization and their activities, see www.paralosninos.org .  For more information about sponsoring next year's Cinco de Mayo event, please contact Evelyn Ramirez-Schultz, Special Events Coordinator, at 213.623.8446 x571 or [email protected] .

One of the performers drums up some Cinco de Mayo fun

LA Young Professionals is one of LA's top social and networking organizations. Since June of 2003 they have been enriching the Los Angeles social scene with networking, cultural, educational, and just plain fun events where you can meet new people, go new places, and try new things. To sign up to receive their weekly events emails (it's free), visit [email protected] .  For more info on LA Young Pro, and their numerous events happening all over Los Angeles each month, see www.layoungpro.com .

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Dr. Don Rose is an L.A.-based freelance writer, specializing in entertainment, the arts and technology.  He also writes The Rose Review, an "alternative news" magazine and blog ( www.therosereview.com ).  Dr. Rose is available for writing projects and consulting; he may be reached at (310) 729 1683 or at [email protected] .

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