There was a traffic jam on the “Road to the Emerald City” when Hillsides, a non-profit home for abused children, held its annual benefit at the California Club in downtown Los Angeles.
Formally dressed guests captivated the “Wizard of Oz” spirit of Dorothy’s perseverance and compassion, Tin Man’s heart, Scarecrow’s wisdom and Lion’s courage to make a difference by raising $390,000 for this home that was first founded as an orphanage in 1913.
Guests were enchanted by a replica of Judy Garland’s ruby slippers that she wore in the iconic film. The slippers were previously on loan to The Smithsonian Museum from the collection of David A. Pacheco. These sparkling shoes were on display on a revolving pedestal above one of the silent auction tables.
One of the most popular snacking places that evening was a buffet table, which was filled with jars and bowls of different green candies of all shapes and sizes even sticks of green rock candy. Yes, guests were like kids in a candy store as they jostled to scoop up their favorite candy. A little sign said the sweets were compliments of “The Lollypop Guild.”