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December 11, 2010

Children's Holiday Festival 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, Koreatown, Pico Union, Watts, Inglewood, Torrance and Long Beach.

The festival kicked off with a VIP reception for CII donors and supporters. Following breakfast and time to socialize, many guests volunteered to help hand out toys to the children. Among “Santa’s Helpers” were culinary great Wolfgang Puck, his wife and new CII Trustee, Gelila Puck, and their two young sons.

It was an emotional, heartfelt weekend of fun and excitement from start to finish. This year’s festivities included live entertainment, a fun and festive photo booth donated by L.A. Photo Party, visits with Santa Claus, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, thrilling carnival rides, and tasty treats from Panda Express and Pizza Hut. As always the Toy Giveaway was the festival favorite, where the children in attendance were given the chance to hand pick a gift from CII’s amazing stockpile of donated items.

The event would not have been possible this year without the support of numerous corporate and individual sponsors who joined with hundreds of volunteers to help to make the celebration a highlight of the children’s holiday season.

AECOM Technology Corp.
• Bandai Foundation
• Bonert’s Pies
• The California Endowment
• Caruso Management
• The City of Torrance
• The C.H.I.P.S.
• The Colleagues
• The Collins Family Foundation
• CorpInfo Services
• Doubletree Hotel of Torrance
• Friends of CII
• Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
• James Event Productions
KPMG
• The Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe
• LA Photo Party
• Mattel
• Newman Family Foundation
• Northrop Grumman
• Panda Express
• Party Planners West
• 2B Communications

And special thanks to CII’s Board of Trustees!”

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