Gala benefits Childhelp

COAST CITIES —Rancho Santa Fe residents Daran and Ray Grimm are among the committee members for Childhelp’s Southern California Auxiliary who invite all to turn up the heat to raise money at the “Some Like it Hot” Charity Gala May 4 at the Hotel Del Coronado.The evening flows from 6 to 11 p.m. This night of charity will celebrate the theatrical era of Childhelp’s founding and the release of the classic movie “Some Like It Hot” in 1959, filmed at the Hotel Del Coronado. Step back in time for an evening of nostalgic elegance, fun and charity to create a brighter future for abused and neglected children in San Diego and across the country.

Tickets are $200 to be part of the VIP reception from 5 to 6 p.m. Gala tickets are $150 per person. To purchase tickets, call Ron McMillan at (619) 957-1162 or purchase online at

Television and film stars Finola Hughes and Ian Buchanan will be on stage to host the gala and celebrity guests include Susan Bernard, daughter of Marilyn Monroe. She will do a reading from her new book, “Marilyn – Intimate Exposures,” during the VIP reception.

Film and television star Jen Lilley will be attending along with local television personalities including KUSI’s David Davis, Staci Ortiz-Davis, Andrea Naversen, Kimberly Hunt and others, as well as former Charger and radio personality Billy Ray Smith.

Childhelp Co-Founders Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson will be welcomed by Honorary Chairpersons Arlene and Richard Esgate and will honor long-time Southern California Childhelp supporters Mary and Gordy Ceresino with the Childhelp Founders’ Award.

The gala will feature hometown dance band, NRG, and Marilyn Monroe impersonator Holly Beavon will bring Marilyn to life wearing a replica dress from the movie, “Some Like it Hot” and performing in true Marilyn fashion.

Attire for the evening will be Vintage 50’s “Some Like it Hot,” as well as black-tie optional.

Childhelp’s mission is to meet the physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children.



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