Garden Gala 2018 Recap

El Nido’s Fourth Annual Garden Gala was held on Saturday, September 22, 2018.

Watch our Garden Gala video for all the highlights:


El Nido Garden Gala 2018 GalleryClick here to see more Gala photos on our Facebook page…


Eddie Navarrette
Chief Consultant FE Design & Consulting

Tom & Emily Kaplan
Co-Owners, Hugo’s Restaurants

Growing up all over Los Angeles, including Pacoima, Eddie has been instrumental in helping El Nido build our Training Kitchen for our Youth Culinary Project in Pacoima. Eddie graciously donated extensive professional resources, along with the time and expertise of his professional staff, every step of the way from the architectural designing of the kitchen and the inception to securing the permits and beyond. Tom and Emily Kaplan have long been the guiding light and inspiration for planting the seed of our community garden, our culinary program, training kitchen, future community café, and job training program located at our Pacoima site.  They have provided their expertise in hospitality, management, entrepreneurship, horticulture, and beyond, and rolled up their sleeves to transform a dirt corridor into El Nido’s flourishing garden.

El Nido’s Annual Garden Gala is the primary fundraising event of the year. This exclusive evening at the historic Robinson Gardens featured:

❖ Cocktail reception featuring Coral Tree Cafè and Comoncy hors d’ oeuvres including delectable tapas from El Nido’s Garden to Table program.
❖ Hosted bar and complimentary signature cocktails from Jose Cuervo
❖ A lavish buffet dinner
❖ Docent-led tours of Robinson Gardens
❖ Live and silent auction
❖ Photography exhibit from El Nido’s  youth photography class
❖ Spoken word presentations by El Nido alumni

Your investment directly supports vulnerable children, youth and families, funding the following:

❖ Treatment for children who have suffered abuse and/or neglect
❖ Parent education to prevent school failure and teen pregnancy
❖ Activities to steer boys and girls away from gangs
❖ Home visits from a nurse to ensure healthy mom and baby
❖ Case management to help young parents graduate
❖ Intensive counseling services to address mental health issues


Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors