2018 SPRING GALA
The 2018 Spring Gala is celebrating 80 years of services to Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. This year we are proud to honor two outstanding individuals:
Medical Director and Chief of Dental Services
Rancho Patient Advocate, Artist, L.F. Friend
Scott Acevedo, AIFD will be our Master of Ceremonies with Karen Garlington as our Auctioneer. The reception, guest headdress competition, and the hosted bar will be at 6:30 pm. The dinner, show presentation, and live auction and “Raise-Your-Paddle” will begin promptly at 7:30 pm.
April 21, 2018
538 South Flower Street
We raise funds throughout the year through several different avenues of which one is our annual Spring Gala. To date we have raised over $15 million dollars for the children and families at Rancho Los Amigos.
Come join us as we celebrate our 80th year of helping children in need. This years theme is an ode to our very first ball, “Bal-de-Tête”. True to our history we will feature a Guest Headdress Competition and encourage all guests to participate in the fun. There will be a parade and prizes given to the top five winners. Click here for the Invitation.
Live Auction Items Include:
- Goodyear Blimp Ride
- 1 Week stay at the Vidanta Resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
- Coin Pearl Choker with Chinese Gaming Chip set in Gold
- Tickets to Dancing With the Stars
Other Opportunities Include:
- A seat at a Wine Tasting Dinner featuring the youngest Level 4 Sommelier in the U.S.
- Win an instant Wine Cellar
Table for 10
- Table for 10
Premier Table for 10
- Priority Seating
- Premium Wine
- A Page in the Tribute Journal
- Price Per Seat
- Pick Up & Wear at Event
The Headdress Ball Throughout the Years
Evolution of the Headdress
The first headdress was worn at the 1938 ball held at the Victor Hugo restaurant in Beverly Hills. These headdresses were no larger than over-sized hats, but completely covered with flowers.
1938 – First Flora Headdress Ball, called Bal de Tete and named after a ball held in New York. Cost of a ticket per person was $3.00
1939 – Second ball, themed Ferdinand the Bull. After all, Ferdinand was one of us…he loved flowers too!
1943 – Las Floristas patriotically diminished its floral productions in keeping with the times – World War II. But in it’s stead, they staged a wrestling tournament. World champion Jim Londos was matched against Hard-Boiled Haggery at the Olympic Auditorium with a net proceeds to Las Floristas of $1100.00!
1946 – This was the year of the first light-headed dress which electrified the audience, but nearly electrocuted mannequin Helen Tuttle.
1950 – A return to the Biltmore Hotel and “Showtime.” Due to the low entry door, mannequins were conveyed via wheelchair to their starting point. Vera Neil Olney appeared as Cinderella, complete in burlap..minus a headdress, singing “A dream is a Wish your Heart Makes”. As she reached a far corner, she vanished in a puff of smoke and reappeared in Cinderella’s ball gown with a pumpkin coach on her head. The prize-Most original, but a new rule was made-no singing!
1954 – The coconut Grove was turned into Neptune’s Kingdom and Gertrude Forthman brought the house down as “Queen of the Sea”…with a surprise entourage of 3 tiny sea sprites, hidden somewhere in the ambassador until their appointed appearance.
1955 – Although the ball had been televised a number of times , this was the year that the ball had the distinction of being the first remote color TV presentation in the world.
1958 – The first ball at the Beverly Hilton “Floral Fantasies”.
1960 – An orthopedic surgeon was enlisted to supervise the design of a substantial back brace and rules as to height, width and weight of the headdresses.
1963 – Las Floristas celebrated its silver anniversary .
1970 – The Century Plaza was the location of our carnival themed ball.
1980 – Bob Hope was our honored guest. That year the Bob Hope Audiology Suite at Rancho Medical Center was given in his honor by Las Floristas.
1988 – Las Floristas Golden anniversary and the dedication of the CART facility.
1990’s – Donation of court facilities for the Las Floristas Wheelchair Sports Program and computer equipment for Rancho’s Pathokinesiology Laboratory.
2000’s – Las Floristas passes the 10 million dollar goal for donations to Rancho Los Amigos.
2018 – Las Floristas celebrates its 80th year anniversay with Bal-de-Tête.
To date we have raised over $15 million dollars for the children and families at Rancho Los Amigos.