Save the Date for the 2019 Blue Tie Gala!

Saturday, November 2, 2019 | Museum of Flying, Santa Monica

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. For those interested in a little pre-dinner fun, there will be an exclusive VIP reception serving up vintage champagne, passed canapés, and mingling with evening’s honoree and special guests.

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.

Coming Soon

Event Chair
Julia Stewart

Executive Committee
George Barton
Kris Galashan
Sarah Geana
Liz Geaveras

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

Host Committee
Shelli Herman and Dr. Stewart Gleischmann
Akieva and Martin Jacobs
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