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The C.H.I.P.S. Spring Luncheon and Fashion Presentation 2017

May 11, 2017

The C.H.I.P.S. Invite you to their Annual Spring Luncheon and Fashion Presentation featuring designer Rosetta Getty and honoring Deputy Chief Phillip Tingirides & CII Trustee Lieutenant Emada Tingirides. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase: $100/Book of…

A Bold Vision for the Future in Watts: CII & Architect Frank Gehry Unveil Design of New Watts Campus

September 12, 2015

On Saturday, September 12, CII teamed up with world-renowned architect Frank Gehry to unveil the design of the future Children’s Institute Watts Campus. The design for the campus was revealed at a special event at CII’s current interim facility, located…

PSLA's 4th Annual Back2School Giveaway in Watts

August 1, 2015

PSLA’s 4th Annual Watts Back2School Giveaway will be held at the Ted Watkins Park in early August to help more than 6,000 children prepare for a successful school year ahead. Students from Early Head Start through 12th grade will receive…

The 5th Annual Autumn Party

October 8, 2014

PSLA’s Fifth Annual Autumn Party drew an incredible group of supporters to LA’s ultra chic 3Labs for a night benefitting the programs and services of CII. The group’s founder Rochelle Gores Fredston kicked off the soiree with a warm welcome…

Children's Circle Dinner 2014

September 13, 2014

CII’s Annual Children’s Circle Dinner celebrates the organization’s most generous and committed donors. Trustee Catherine Beyer and her husband, Robert Beyer hosted this year’s event at their magnificent home. Guests experienced an unforgettable night, which included an A capella concert…

PSLA's 3rd Annual Back2School Giveaway in Watts

August 2, 2014

Close to 5,000 children and their families filled Ted Watkins Park in Watts on Saturday, August 2, for the 3rd Annual Back to School Giveaway, hosted by Philanthropic Society Los Angeles (PSLA), a support group of CII. …

7th Annual Fatherhood Solution Conference

June 13, 2014

CII held its 7th Annual Fatherhood Solution Conference with a goal of improving the health, well-being, and stability of Los Angeles children. The daylong event brought together organizations, providers and community members—including fathers—to discuss how fatherhood positively affects the lives…

LITTLE BUILDERS Community Carnival

May 10, 2014

A day to learn, explore, and play the games “little builders” create using their imagination. May 8, 2014 was National Children’s Mental Health Day! To celebrate, Project ABC co-hosted the “Little Builders Community Carnival,” a community event…

The C.H.I.P.S. Annual Spring Luncheon 2014

May 8, 2014

The C.H.I.P.S. (Colleagues Helpers in Philanthropic Service) hosted their Annual Spring Luncheon with sponsor Saks Fifth Avenue at the beautiful Four Seasons Los Angeles in Beverly Hills. In a bright and airy atmosphere reflecting the season, guests mingled and perused…

The Colleagues Annual Spring Luncheon 2014

April 29, 2014

The Colleagues made their Annual Spring Luncheon a royal affair by honoring Princess Charlene of Monaco as this year’s Champion of Children. More than 800 guests stood in respect when Her Serene Highness led a procession into the Beverly Wilshire…

CII Job Fair

March 19, 2014

Are you seeking employment? Join our team and make a difference! Learn about the following job opportunities: * ECS Manager * Site Supervisor * Teacher * Teacher Assistant …

The Mattel Holiday Festival for Children's Institute 2013

December 14, 2013—December 15, 2013

On Dec. 14th and 15th, the Mattel Holiday Festival for Children’s Institute made the holidays bright for more than 6,000 children and their parents whose lives have been impacted by family and community violence, abuse or neglect. The weekend gives…

In Harm's Way: A Conference for Trauma-Informed Care and Secondary Traumatic Stress

November 1, 2013

A national conference for helping professionals and their organizations CII hosted a full day of engaging programming to reduce the risk of secondary traumatic stress and vicarious trauma as well as the latest about trauma-informed practice in…

The 4th Annual Autumn Party

October 30, 2013

Philanthropic Society Los Angeles and Saks Fifth Avenue Presented the 4th Annual Autumn Party, featuring a fashion presentation by Stella McCartney at the Bel Air home of Colleen and Bradley Bell. From Stella McCartney models playing…

Children's Circle Dinner 2013

September 12, 2013

CII held its annual Children’s Circle Dinner to celebrate some of the organization’s most committed donors. CII Trustee Stephanie Booth Shafran and her husband Steven Shafran hosted the intimate soiree at their elegant Bel Air home, where guests enjoyed a…

PSLA's 2nd Annual Back To School Giveaway

August 3, 2013

CII support group, Philanthropic Society Los Angeles (PSLA), hosted the 2nd Annual Watts Back To School Giveaway to provide much-needed educational resources and support for approximately 5,000 children, pre-school age to 12th grade. Many thanks to…

6th Annual Fatherhood Solution Conference

June 14, 2013

Held annually, this Project Fatherhood SM conference is at the heart of “Strengthening Relationships Between Fathers and their At-Risk Children.” Nationally recognized experts and professionals came together for a daylong exploration of the most important issues…

Project ABC Presents “Me and My Shadow Family Fun Day”

May 11, 2013

In celebration of National Children’s Mental Health Day, Project ABC co-hosted “Me and My Shadow Family Fun Day,” a community event for caregivers, care providers, family and community members working with or parenting children 0-5 years old. Activities were designed…

The C.H.I.P.S. Annual Spring Luncheon 2013

May 9, 2013

The C.H.I.P.S. (Colleagues Helpers in Philanthropic Service) set the scene for a breathtaking Annual Spring Luncheon, beneath chandeliers and all white décor in a private enclave on Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills’ second floor. The intimate sold-out event treated guests…

The Colleagues Annual Spring Luncheon 2013

April 9, 2013

The Colleagues dazzled Los Angeles with another fabulous Annual Spring Luncheon, this year honoring legendary philanthropist Wallis Annenberg. More than 800 guests filled the grand ballroom at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in anticipation of the event, which was kicked off…

Herbalife and Triathlete Heather Jackson Visit CII in South Los Angeles

April 4, 2013

Herbalife and triathlete champion Heather Jackson teamed up with CII to bring a fantastic afternoon of fitness and fun to children receiving services from the agency’s Watts Center. In Ted Watkins Memorial Park, Ms. Jackson spoke…

Sports Court Opening at Otis Booth Campus

March 2, 2013

The Lakers Youth Foundation, the Los Angeles Lakers and OneWest Bank joined CII for the grand opening of a new Sports Court at CII’s headquarters. Generous support from the Lakers organization and OneWest Bank helped make the new, much needed…

Safe Sleep Initiative Launch

February 7, 2013

Delta Children’s Products, Kids in Distressed Situations and Baby Buggy launched a national Safe Sleep education campaign at CII’s headquarters, the Otis Booth Campus, where the first of 200 new cribs donated by Delta Children’s Products and crib mattresses provided…

“Send Your Love to a Cause” Shopping Event at Saks Beverly Hills

February 5, 2013

CII support group PSLA (Philanthropic Society Los Angeles) teamed up with Saks Fifth Avenue Beverly Hills in February to raise funds and bring awareness to our work with vulnerable children and families. The “Saks Loves Your Cause” program gave store…

Early Childhood Services Open House

January 10, 2013

Join our Early Childhood Services team and make a difference! Learn more at our Early Childhood Services Open House. Current opportunities include: * Lead Teacher * Teacher …

The Mattel Holiday Festival for Children's Institute 2012

December 8, 2012—December 9, 2012

CII brought cheer to more than 6,000 children and their parents on three very special days in December. Now a well-loved holiday tradition for our clients, the Mattel Holiday Festival for Children’s Institute provides time for families to put aside…

The 3rd Annual Autumn Party

October 17, 2012

Fashion and philanthropy united this October when CII Trustee Rochelle Gores Fredston, The Gores Group, and Philanthropic Society Los Angeles (PSLA) presented The Third Annual Autumn Party. The London West Hollywood Hotel’s rooftop was abuzz as host John Henson kicked…

PSLA Hosts Back to School Event in the Watts Community

August 4, 2012

Philanthropic Society Los Angeles (PSLA), a support group of Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII), hosted a Back-to-School event to provide elementary school students and their families with back packs and other school supplies at the office of Los Angeles Youth Opportunity…

CLUE: A Staged Reading

July 15, 2012

It was a night to remember when comedy stars came together to pay homage to this murderously funny whodunit classic at The Largo on July 15th! The sold out one night only event was a rare treat for all…

PSLA Networking Event for Young Business Professionals

June 21, 2012

Young Professionals! Join CII’s newest support group Philanthropic Society Los Angeles (PSLA) for cocktails and hors d’ouerves at Tender Greens in Hollywood. You’ll network with individuals who share your interest in supporting CII’s programs and services that help heal families…

Children's Circle Dinner

June 16, 2012

CII took time in June to acknowledge exceptional donors who have helped propel the agency to a new level of service. The Children’s Circle Dinner recognized major gifts in support of agency services and the “Building…

The C.H.I.P.S. Annual Spring Luncheon 2012

May 18, 2012

Support group The C.H.I.P.S. continued their tradition of holding a lunch and fashion event, this year on the terrace of the Montage Beverly Hills. The group honored LA Diaper Drive co-founder Caroline Kunitz for her tireless efforts to provide…

Project ABC Presents: Creating Heroes!

May 10, 2012

In celebration of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (on May 9) and the hero in you, our South Bay community will come together to learn, play and discover how to strengthen the bond between young kids and adults! …

The Colleagues Annual Spring Luncheon 2012

April 17, 2012

The Colleagues honor Sherry Lansing with the Champion of Children award The Colleagues Annual Spring Luncheon, held in April at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, honored former film studio executive Sherry Lansing, who received *The Champion of Children…

CII's Holiday Festival 2011

December 10, 2011

As CII grows, so does the agency’s holiday festival! This year we hosted more children and families than ever before with the opening of our new headquarters, the Otis Booth Campus, near downtown Los Angeles. Spanning three days in December,…

2nd Annual Autumn Party

October 26, 2011

It was a night to remember as nearly 500 celebrities and LA tastemakers convened at West Hollywood’s London Hotel for one of the most talked about LA events of the season. The 2nd Annual Autumn Party was presented by CII

Third Annual Celebrity Poker Tournament

September 24, 2011

On Saturday September 24th, poker enthusiasts came together for an afternoon of cards in the name of charity! For the third year in a row, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress Camryn Manheim hosted this highly popular event benefiting the…

The C.H.I.P.S. Honor L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti at Annual Spring Luncheon

May 25, 2011

The C.H.I.P.S. presented their Annual Spring Luncheon on the beautiful terrace of Beverly Hills’ Montage Hotel, where hundreds gathered to celebrate fashion and support CII’s work with children and families. The program included an open-air fashion show featuring Italian designer…

CII's Community Opening of Otis Booth Campus

April 30, 2011

On Saturday, April 30, CII welcomed families and civic partners from the community of Echo Park to celebrate the opening of its new Otis Booth Campus. More than 300 guests enjoyed the festive and warm reception as they toured the…

UK Jeweler's Royal Wedding Celebration Benefits CII

April 29, 2011

Cutting-edge jewelry designer Solange Azagury-Partridge partnered with Los Angeles philanthropists Tawny Sanders, Maria Bell, Carolyn Powers, Gelila Puck, Becca Hartmeier, Marcia Wilson Hobbs and Georgia Cord to host an English high tea honoring the royal marriage of Prince William and…

The Colleagues Annual Luncheon

April 12, 2011

The Colleagues Annual Spring Luncheon Honors Nancy Reagan High fashion philanthropists turned out en masse for The Colleagues’ highly anticipated Annual Spring Luncheon. Television and radio legend Wink Martindale was Master of Ceremonies, and the event included…

Opening of CII's Otis Booth Campus

March 23, 2011

CII hosted a Grand Opening and Donor Recognition event to celebrate its new Otis Booth Campus. The campus will provide a safe haven for more than 5,000 children and families who have been affected by trauma and violence. The campus…

Children's Holiday Festival 2010

December 11, 2010—December 12, 2010

More than 5,000 children and families gathered at CII’s Torrance campus in December for the agency’s Annual Children’s Holiday Festival and Toy Giveaway. Families at the event represented several communities within CII’s service network, including but not limited, Echo Park,…

CII's Second Annual Celebrity Poker Tournament

October 23, 2010

More than 20 celebrities and other VIP players joined to benefit the children of CII at the agency’s Second Annual Celebrity Poker Tournament on Saturday, October 23, at the Commerce Casino. Once again, the tournament was hosted by Emmy and…

Early Childhood Services Open House

October 22, 2010

Join our Early Childhood Services team and make a difference! Learn more at our Early Childhood Services Open House. Current opportunities include: * Family and Community Partnership Specialist * Family Services Worker …

The Autumn Party – An Evening of Fashion and Fun

September 29, 2010

Los Angeles entrepreneur, trendsetter and CII Trustee Rochelle Gores Fredston hosted the bash of the season with her exclusive “Autumn Party.” This fall fashion event benefiting CII attracted more than 450 notable colleagues and friends from LA’s fashion and entertainment…

Grand Opening Gala: Nordstrom Santa Monica Place

August 25, 2010

CII was honored to be selected along with Chrysalis as the co-beneficiary for an evening of shopping at the new Nordstrom at Santa Monica Place in August. A select group of CII friends enjoyed cocktails and delicious cuisine…

A Delicious Welcome from The Capital Grille

July 20, 2010

Children’s Institute had the good fortune to be invited by The Capital Grille — one of the latest newcomers to the L.A. restaurant scene — for an exclusive pre-opening celebration at its new Beverly Center location. Known for dry-aged steaks…

Getting Acquainted with Justice Marshall

July 13, 2010

More than 100 special CII supporters had rave reviews for actor Laurence Fishburne’s performance in a one-man show, Thurgood, which played recently at Geffen Playhouse. The Tony Award-winning Fishburne portrayed former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in a sold-out run…

Father’s Day Volleyball Tournament

June 20, 2010

On Father’s Day Sunday, June 20, the beach was the place to be for volleyball fans—specifically fathers who paired up with their sons and daughters to challenge other family teams. The occasion was “The Father’s Day Volleyball Tournament” in Manhattan…

The C.H.I.P.S. Make New Friends for CII

June 15, 2010

CII’s support group, The C.H.I.P.S., (Colleague Helpers in Philanthropic Service), took advantage of Southern California’s dazzling outdoors to host a fund- and friendraiser at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica. The event featured a retrospective on fashion…

Diapers with Love

June 15, 2010

Thanks to the creativity, tenacity and generosity of Caroline Kunitz, CII received more than 72,000 diapers to distribute to families involved in our programs and services! Caroline is a devoted mom and founder of LA Diaper Drive, a hugely successful…

CII Trustee Carey Appel Pearlman Performs at Catalina’s

April 29, 2010

Successful Los Angeles/Pasadena retailer, child advocate, and CII Trustee Carey Appel Pearlman shared her talent as a jazz vocalist in a benefit performance at The Catalina Bar & Grill, Hollywood’s renowned jazz club. Carey’s solo show, “New Beginnings,” attracted a…

An Afternoon with Oscar de la Renta

April 20, 2010

The Colleagues, CII’s premier support group, hosted their 21st Annual Spring Luncheon in April. The elegant event traditionally features an internationally renowned fashion designer and preview of his or her collection, and the presentation of the “Champion of Children” award…

Honoring the LAPD’s Chief Beck

April 8, 2010

Each year, Children’s Institute recognizes strong leadership and service to children by selecting an individual to receive the CII Leadership Center Innovation Award. The agency brought together trustees, prominent civic leaders and other agency friends to honor newly appointed…

The Kids Music Club Plays Carnegie Hall!

April 2, 2010

Who would have dreamed that children in CII’s music program would perform Tchaikovsky’s “1812” Overture on the stage of Carnegie Hall?! A dream to be sure, considering that none of the group members had held a musical instrument or read…

Les Amies – The Female of the Species at Geffen Playhouse

March 14, 2010

CII support group Les Amies hosted a special event in collaboration with the Geffen Playhouse for an afternoon of theater and “friend-raising” for CII. Members of the group and their friends turned out for a performance of The Female…

A Very Special 11th Birthday Party

February 13, 2010

CII founder Minnie Barton would have been beaming with pride to know that her great, great twin grandsons celebrated their 11th birthday by hosting a party for children at the agency’s Torrance campus. Barton dedicated her life to helping…

Annie

February 6, 2010

Performing Arts Students Present Annie! The stage at Hollywood’s Barnsdall Gallery Theater came alive when children in CII’s Performing Arts Program presented excerpts from the award-winning Broadway show Annie! The Performing Arts Program is one of several…

Children's Holiday Festival

December 12, 2009

Photo Gallery More than 4,000 children and their families took the rain and cold in stride to enjoy CII’s annual Children’s Holiday Festival on December 12th, 2009. Held at the agency’s Torrance campus, the fun-filled day featured carnival rides,…

Therapeutic Day Care Celebrates 10-year Anniversary

December 9, 2009

Long before the importance of early childhood development became common knowledge, CII’s Day Treatment Intensive program was providing therapeutic day care for young children with severe behavioral problems. Over the past decade, the agency has helped thousands of troubled…

A Garden Party to Honor Landscape Designer Nancy Goslee Power

October 21, 2009

The Colleagues hosted an outdoor luncheon in honor of internationally recognized landscape designer and author Nancy Goslee Power. Appropriately, the event was held in one of Power’s beautiful residential gardens at the home of Colleague Lauren King, who generously hosted…

CII's First Annual Celebrity Poker Tournament

October 17, 2009

Photo Gallery The cards were flying and celebrities were playing as Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress Camryn Manheim hosted Children’s Institute’s First Annual Celebrity Poker Tournament on October 17, at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles. World…

7th Annual Restaurant Awards and Chefs Night Out

July 26, 2009

Photo Gallery A perfect Southern California summer evening was the backdrop to “Chef’s Night Out,” Angeleno magazine’s annual restaurant awards celebration to honor the top chefs and restaurants in Los Angeles. Proceeds from the event benefited the work…

An Evening of Art with the Resnicks

June 15, 2009

Photo Gallery Philanthropists and art collectors Lynda and Stewart Resnick graciously opened their home for an evening of art and friendship to benefit Children’s Institute. Renowned for their successful business enterprises—FIJI Water, Paramount Farms, Teleflora and POM Wonderful—the couple…

Otis Booth Campus Groundbreaking

June 4, 2009

Photo Gallery Supporters and friends of Children’s Institute gathered on June 4th to break ground on the future site of the agency’s third comprehensive service facility just west of downtown Los Angeles. The new Otis Booth Campus—a 48,000 sq….

The C.H.I.P.S. Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show

May 6, 2009

Photo Gallery Spring is a time for haute couture and high profile socializing for the support groups of Children’s Institute. This year was no exception. The Colleagues lead the way with their Annual Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show in…

The Colleagues Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show

March 19, 2009

Photo Gallery Actress Angie Harmon, chef extraordinaire Wolfgang Puck and his wife Gelila, and fashion designer Kevan Hall all turned out this spring to support the work of CII. Like so many of the agency’s invaluable friends and…

In Harm's Way 2008: The Fatherhood Solution

June 12, 2008

Photo Gallery Finding ways to engage disadvantaged fathers in the parenting of their children was the theme of “In Harm’s Way 2008: The Fatherhood Solution, CII’s sixth national forum held in June, 2008 in Los Angeles. Father…

A Night at the Geffen

May 31, 2008

Photo Gallery Trustees, staff, supporters and other friends of Children’s Institute filled the Geffen Playhouse for a special performance of, “Emergency,” the critically acclaimed one-man show by actor, playwright and singer Daniel Beaty. More than 400 guests rose…

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