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Spring Gala: An Elegant Affair

In light of the ongoing pandemic and out of an abundance of caution, Las Floristas will not be hosting a 2021 Spring Gala.

We greatly miss seeing all of our friends and supporters in person, but your health and well-being are our “first priority!

Las Floristas hopes to plan an outdoor luncheon event to be held in June 2021, pending the allowance of larger-scale group events in Los Angeles County. Until then, stay safe friends!

If you are able, we still welcome donations as we are currently down 74% in fundraising from before the pandemic. It is the goal of Las Floristas to continue to fully fund our pediatric programs at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center but that will not be possible without your support.

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Las Floristas Get Together Garden Deck Dinner

Saturday, April 10, 2021
At 5:30 PM
The California Club
538 Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA. 90505

$200 per person
Open to all members of Las Floristas and their invited guests.

Entree choices:

We are no longer accepting RSVP for this event
Reservations are accepted online OR mail checks and menu selections to: PO Box 579, Whittier, CA 90608.

Please note that this event will be held outdoors. There are heaters at the California Club but we suggest bringing a jacket. Guests are required to wear facemasks upon entry and are subject to a temperature check before being allowed into the event space.

We look forward to continuing our support at Rancho Los Amgios, and to celebrating the tradition of the Las Floristas Spring Gala together in 2021.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out directly:

Amanda Settlage, Executive Director of Las Floristas

Phone: (562) 298-2508

Email: Amanda@LasFloristas.org

Mailing Address: PO Box 579, Whittier, CA 90608

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.