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Palette of Colors Dinner and Auction A new fundraising record!

We’re happy to announce that we netted a record $90K at our Palette of Colors Celebrating Creativity Dinner & Auction Gala on June 2 at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa.

Over 250 guests in colorful cocktail attire attended our 18th annual fundraiser. An event highlight was during the funding request for four scholarship programs to benefit CHOC Hospital’s Visiting Art Angel Bedside Program; Out of the Darkness: Women Survivors Program; Expressive Painting for Teens; and Healing for Heroes and their Families Program. The fundraising goal for all four programs was $20K which was far exceeded with donations of over $57,000.

Check out the Gala video

The gala began with a champagne reception, guest portraits and an expansive silent auction of more than 200 items. Guests had the opportunity to participate in varying levels of a fine wine wall and jewelry selections. Once seated, attendees enjoyed tableside magic, guest portraits, dinner (catered by 24 Carrots) live auction and awards ceremony.


Everyone had a great time at this year’s Gala!


Gala honorees were Partner Agency of the Year – Western Youth Services, Teacher of the Year – Randi Winters and Volunteer of the Year – Lindsay Parker. Community leaders Vicki Merrill, Michelle Moreno and Sue Stinson served as event co-chairs and the evening’s host and auctioneer was Suzanne Martin.

Gala Photo Gallery

Check out our full gallery of photos from the Gala here. We’ve got over 200 pictures from the event, so you’re certain to find yourself in one of them if you attended!

Thank you

Laurie Zagon at the Gala Here’s what Laurie Zagon, our Founder and Executive Director, had to say about the event:

I am humbled by how many people value the Art for Healing work in the community. The amounts raised for our CHOC Bedside Visiting Art Angel, Out of the Darkness Women Survivors, Raging Colors for troubled teens, and Healing for Heroes and their Families/Wounded Warriors programs superseded all prior years.

Thank you again for your support for this year’s Gala. We’ll see you next year!

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