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Saturday, November 2, 2019

Museum of Flying, Santa Monica

Wear your best blue cocktail attire. Complimentary Valet Parking. Be mobile auction bidding ready with cell phone and credit card.

Our 2018 Blue Tie Soared to New Heights!

Because of your incredible generosity, we were able to exceed our fundraising goal and raise over $400,000 for child abuse prevention.

Every child deserves to grow up safe, nurtured and full of potential. In reality, child abuse is reported every 10 seconds. Parents need support, guidance, and resources to raise healthy, happy children. That’s where Children’s Bureau comes in. For 114 years, Children’s Bureau has changed the trajectory of children’s lives by building strong families and communities through innovative work in the areas of prevention, treatment, and advocacy.

Our Blue Tie Gala is a celebration of children and the importance of family and community to their future success. This inspired evening will feature a formal multi-course dinner prepared by acclaimed chefs and paired with world-class wines, an auction like no other, entertainment, dancing and more.

Why blue? It’s the national color that represents child abuse prevention. Join us for Children’s Bureau’s Blue Tie Gala and be a part of the story to prevent child abuse.

Russ Bendel

President and Chief Executive Officer
The Habit Restaurants, LLC

Russ Bendel has been the Chief Executive Officer of Habit Burger Restaurants based in Irvine, California, since 2008. His tenure at The Habit has been preceded by an impressive career in hospitality leadership—over the last three decades, Russ has served in C-Suite positions at several popular restaurants, including The Cheesecake Factory, Mimi’s Café and Roy’s Restaurants. As an award-winning trailblazer in his industry, Russ was recognized as the 2004 Restaurateur of the Year in Orange County and received the 2012 Elizabeth Burns Lifetime Achievement Award. Russ is also a Director Emeritus for the California Restaurant Association. As a valued supporter of Children’s Bureau since 2014, Russ contributes big-heartedly to our various fundraising efforts and has also donated The Habit Burger truck as an auction item for our Celebrity Chefs and Wine Tasting, Summer Soirée and Blue Tie Gala events. His hospitality and generosity have been immensely helpful in providing essential programs and services to the 40,000 at-risk children and parents our agency serves annually.

Rene Adame

Anne Conness

Celestino Drago

Anthony Jacquet

David LeFevre

Gio Lopez

Javier Lopez

Lasheeda Perry

Joanne Ponvanit

Mitzi Reyes

Presenting Sponsor:

Event Chair
Julia Stewart

Executive Committee
George Barton
Cristina Álvarez Cox
Cecily Dean
Kris Galashan
Sarah Geana

Beth Goldfarb Jackson
Shelli Herman
Rusty Hill
Christina Jacke
Liz Kelly
Randy Kies
Tim Ortman
Kevin Prewett
Sarah Richardson
Amanda Ruch
Maureen Trippe

Host Committee
Judy and Russ Bendel
Joan and Mike Burke

Shelli Herman and Dr. Stewart Gleischmann
Akieva and Martin Jacobs
Tom and Maggie Simms
Marsha and Mike Scimo
Julia Stewart and Tim Ortman

Last year’s event sold out!
Please make your reservation early.

For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please contact

Kelli Wirth
213.342.0149 /

Children’s Bureau Headquarters 
1910 Magnolia Avenue 
Los Angeles, CA 90007-1220 
Tel: (213) 342-0100 
Fax: (213) 342-0200