Healing families. Strengthening communities.


Thursday, May 18, 2017
6:00 - 9:30 pm
The W Hotel Hollywood
6250 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

Join us for an evening of dinner, entertainment and inspiration at the legendary W Hollywood Hotel along with our friends Busy Philipps, Colin Hanks, Peter Weller, Ike Barinholtz, Janie Bryant, Christopher Gorham, and many others to celebrate our 150th anniversary and raise funds to benefit the vital programs on the Hollygrove campus of Uplift Family Services.

The event is near and we’ve gathered some great items to tempt you in our LIVE AUCTION:

• Meet & Greet/Photo Op with President Barack Obama
• Oceanfront suite at One&Only Palmilla Cabo
• Pelican Hill villa and golf package
• 4 Lexus Dugout Club tix to Dodgers v. Giants
• Mindy Kaling experience – private dinner & screening with Mindy Kaling & Ike Barinholtz, stars of “The Mindy Project”
• Luxurious Mammoth Cabin

Also, our SILENT AUCTION is replete with a wide array of luxury and one-of-a-kind items, including:

• Spa packages at Bliss, The Ranch in Malibu, Equinox, etc
• Designer accessories from Elizabeth & James, Judith Lieber, Oscar de la Renta and others
• One-of-a-kind VIP experiences including LEKFit, Bill Maher, Private Getty Tour, a premium Whiskey Tasting & Dinner
• Sports packages including 50 yd-line seats to a USC game, a Rams VIP package, Golf packages
• Napa Wine Tours, San Francisco weekend, Week in New Orleans
• Lots of premium wine and luxe restaurant packages to choose from

….and much more!

This year, we are proud to honor our friends and champions Matt Bomer and Simon Halls, who, through deed and example, embody the values of our mission and share our passion to support children in crisis.

Matt Bomer & Simon Halls

Festivities also include:

• Cocktail reception generously sponsored by Montecito Properties
• Delicious 3-course dinner paired with delicious wines
• Children’s Art Gallery; Silent & Live Auction; Wine Wall
• MC Busy Philipps providing entertainment & inspiration

Valet parking generously sponsored by Bryant-Reichling Real Estate

Proceeds support the Los Angeles region of Uplift Family Services, a non-profit agency that provides help and hope to some of LA’s most underserved and at-risk children. We serve over 1,200 children and families, many of whom live at or below the poverty level and have experienced traumatic experiences leading to mental health challenges.

This year, our theme is that anyone can be a hero to these children who deserve a chance to overcome their challenges and succeed. With your support of the Norma Jean Gala, you can help us continue our privately-funded programs that help create stability, strengthen the family and provide a greater chance of success for the child to become productive and thrive.

Specifically, the funds from the gala will go towards:

  • Endless Summer program – a therapeutic after-school program for children with emotional and behavioral challenges resulting from adverse childhood experiences.
  • Camp Hollygrove – follows Endless Summer experience for children during school breaks who are often not eligible to attend other camps due to behavioral problems.
  • Family Search and Engagement – using Internet search technology, we connect children at risk of entering the foster system with safe biological family members to aid their recovery from emotional trauma.
  • Parent Institute – provides parents with a unique support group and parenting education, as well as basic needs such as food and clothing.

The gala is named after our most famous alumni: Norma Jean Baker, who benefited from our agency’s care as a child before she ultimately came to be known as the international icon Marilyn Monroe.

For more information, please contact Kathleen Felesina, Director of Fund Development at kathleen.felesina@upliftfs.org.