El Nido Family Centers Celebrate 90th Anniversary At Robinson Garderns
By Laura Coleman
El Nido Family Centers’ 90th anniversary celebration last Saturday evening at Beverly Hills’ first estate, Virginia Robinson Gardens, evoked everything that the City’s original first lady prized so dearly–education, children and entertaining guests.
Before dining al fresco on a garden-inspired dinner while live jazz set the mood in tune with the warm summer air, hundreds of guests enjoyed the six-acre estate’s expansive grounds. Cocktails and canapé were first served on the tennis court that was transformed into a lounge and demonstration kitchen where youths assisted renowned chefs, like Hannah An, in cooking demonstrations, highlighting El Nido’s newly launched “Garden to Table” mentorship program.
Honorees included: Gina Rodriguez, who received the Exemplar Award; El Nido community partner Kaiser Permanente,; and The Harold Edelstein Foundation, which since 2004 has helped hundreds of El Nido teen parents through its job-training program, “Harold Cares for Your Future Job Preparation.”
El Nido is the first organization to co-host an event at the historic Beverly Hills estate since the Friends of Robinson Gardens and L.A. County began the restoration in 1982.
“El Nido is proud to have helped hundreds of thousands of individuals on their journeys since 1925,” said El Nido Executive Director Liz Herrera.
ROSE IN A GARDEN—Former El Nido board President Rose Norton and her son
Phil Savenick were instrumental in creating a partnership with Virginia Robinson Gardens, the site of El Nido Family Center’s gala. Pictured (from left): Norton, Savenick and Aynne Pryce.