After being unable to hold its traditional “An Evening on the Beach” event for the past two years due to COVID-19, St. Vincent Meals on Wheels (SVMOW), the largest seniors nutrition program funded by private funds nationwide, held its inaugural “Hollywood Under the Stars” fundraiser on June 25.
The event took place at Paramount Studios, just across from one of the organization’s delivery routes, said Veronica Dover, the organization’s CEO and executive director.
It was an evening of music, dancing, food and fun. “People were dancing under the iconic Paramount arch – the band was right there and they were having such a great time. It was awesome,” said Christine Calderon Caruso, Development Director for SVMOW.
The participating restaurants (Kali, L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, Fanny’s, Tesse, Georgia’s Restaurant, Hank’s, Sumac Mediterranean Cuisine, Wood & Vine, Gracias Madre, Etoile Filante Patisserie, Bertha Mae’s Brownie Co., Lark Cake Shop and Laderach Chocolatier Suisse) donated all the food.
Fox 11 Los Angeles anchor/reporter Susan Hirasuna moderated the event, and City Council members Mitch O’Farrell (CD-13) and Nithya Raman (CD-4) spoke. Over 300 people attended and $400,000 was raised for the organization.