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Hillsides to Host Founder’s Day September 15

Families will be treated to an afternoon of old-fashioned fun during Hillsides Founder’s Day Celebration, which will be held on the charity’s main campus in Pasadena from 2 p.m. – 4: 30 p.m. on Sunday, September 15. The event marks Hillsides’ 100 years of serving vulnerable youth and families throughout Southern California
The celebration features refreshments, entertainment, games, and crafts. Families can enjoy ice cream sundae bars, popcorn, and cupcakes. They can also stroll through Hillsides’ historical display, which contains a timeline of important events, historic photos, and artifacts, to learn about the agency’s rich history. Children will be able to get their faces painted, make pinwheels, play a bean bag toss game, and have their photos taken with two Disney characters, among other activities.
Hillsides was founded in 1913 by Episcopal Deaconess Evelyn Wile. A program is planned for 3 p.m., which will kick off with a “dramatic presentation of the founder’s vision.” Several notable speakers are lined up, including the Right Reverend Joseph Jon Bruno, the Bishop Diocesan of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles; Pasadena’s mayor, Bill Bogaard; Joseph M. Costa, the chief executive officer of Hillsides; and the agency’s board chair, Karen Tanji.
“I invite everyone in the community to please join us for this celebration,” said Costa. “This is a wonderful chance to have fun with your family, meet fellow supporters of Hillsides, tour our facilities, and get to know more about Hillsides’ past, our mission today, and our future goals.”
During the afternoon, guests will also have the opportunity to give birthday presents to Hillsides in the form of donations. In addition, they can view the charity’s “100 Faces of Hillsides” video, which is a sampling of 100 individuals who have made a difference to Hillsides or been impacted by what the organization does. One “face of Hillsides” has been featured each day for several weeks on the charity’s website and on social media sites as a build-up to Founder’s Day.
The centennial sponsors include Wells Fargo, The Walt Disney Company, and THE Magazine.
Founder’s Day is the culmination of nine months of centennial events, including a Centennial Gala and participation in the 2013 Rose Parade. This past year Hillsides has also rebranded with a new logo, mission statement, and redesigned website. The charity also achieved national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA), demonstrating the best practice standards in the field of human services.
Founder’s Day will be held on Hillsides’ main campus located at 940 Avenue 64 in Pasadena. To RSVP, please contact Carrie Espinoza at 323-543-2800, ext. 121 or Complimentary valet parking will be available.
Hillsides, a premier provider of behavioral healthcare and education services dedicated to improving the overall well-being and functioning of vulnerable children, youth, and their families. The organization provides high quality care, advocacy, and innovative services that promote safe, permanent environments where young people can thrive.
To learn more about Hillsides or to view our 100 Faces campaign, please visit or

September 9, 2013

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