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Industry News 11/7/2019

Tilly's "I Am Giving" Gala Raises $600K In An Evening


Tilly’s Life Center Founder and President, Tilly Levine and her husband Larry with Lynn Thies and Dr. Adrienne Matros, Co-Vice Chair, Tilly’s Life Center Board of Directors 

5th Annual “I Am Giving” Gala with the theme “Driven to Make a Difference” Raised and Donated to Tilly’s Life Center to Teach Teens Social & Emotional Skills 

Last weekend, hundreds of individuals came together at the Marconi Automotive Museum and raised their glasses and paddles to generously donate more than $600,000 to help Tilly’s Life Center (TLC) equip and empower teens with social and emotional skills.

“According to the CDC, from 2007-2017 the suicide rates for 10-24-year-olds has increased to 56%. Given the staggering and growing statistic, at Tilly’s Life Center, our goal is to help equip teens with the tools they need to positively change their outlook on life, better connect with the world around them and effectively cope with life’s challenges,” said TLC’s Executive Director, Monica Utley.



Steve Watts, Last Year’s I Am One of a Kind Honoree, raising his bid number in support 

As guests arrived at the gala, they were greeted and offered hors d’oeuvres and drinks as they perused the museum and viewed the cars on display, as well as bid on silent auction items. Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed music from Soulville California, a gourmet family-style meal, were moved to donate and fund TLC’s programs, as well as bid on live auction packages given by generous donors. Together, the Orange County community came together and raised more than $600,000.


Gala attendees enjoying the night with TILLYS Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, Hezy Shaked and Saskia Shapiro 


Amy Diaz, Tilly’s Life Center’s Vice President of Development and Monica Utley, Executive Director honor Josh Merrell and his company, Liquid Graphics, with the “I Am One of a Kind Award” for his ongoing support 


Guests danced the night away to the sounds of Soulville California 

The Tilly’s Life Center team would like to extend a warm thank you to its volunteers, supporters and the event sponsors including: TILLYS, BioLargo, Vans, Rick and Dr. Adrienne Matros, CSI Electrical Contractors, Inc., Liquid Graphics, Yesenia’s Humanitarian Foundation, Union Bank, MoonGoat Coffee Roasters, O’Gara Coach Beverly Hills, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Latham & Watkins, Friar Tux, Stars and Stripes, Sonance, First Republic, Elephant Cooperation, Lou E. Perez Foundation, KPMG and several others.

Covering topics including suicide, bullying, self-esteem, substance abuse and many more, TLC’s programs, which are funded by donations, equip teens with life skills and coping techniques as well as reintroduce core values in an effort to redirect poor decision making and a lack of purpose. For more information on TLC’s programs and offerings, follow: @tillyslifecenter on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and follow @TillysLC on Twitter.

Press Contact, Tilly’s Life Center:
Debs Choi
714.310.9651
deborah@masterplanpr.com