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Ellen DeGeneres and Jimmy Kimmel Kick Off Charity’s Foster Soles

04-27-2010 09:25 AM CET | Leisure, Entertainment, Miscellaneous

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Celebrity talk show hosts Ellen DeGeneres and Jimmy Kimmel  kick off the Second Annual Hillsides Foster Soles in Los Angeles, an online auction of celebrity autographed shoes.

Celebrity talk show hosts Ellen DeGeneres and Jimmy Kimmel kick off the Second Annual Hillsides Foster Soles in Los Angeles, an online auction of celebrity autographed shoes.

(PASADENA, CA)— Celebrity talk show hosts Ellen DeGeneres and Jimmy Kimmel, along with Dr. Drew Pinsky of “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,” kick off the Second Annual Hillsides Foster Soles in Los Angeles, an online auction of celebrity autographed shoes and celebrity photograph. Held during Foster Care Awareness Month in May, the online auction raises awareness of national foster care issues and the plight of children and youth in the system.
The Los Angeles kickoff event to launch the auction will be hosted, once again, by Bar Celona in Pasadena on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Online auction runs May 4th through May 20th.
Hillsides, a Los Angeles foster care children’s charity with 97 years of creating safe places, is asking celebrities to donate autographed shoes and photographs.
Some of last year’s celebrity participants included: Billy Joel, Billy Zane, Bob Birch, Brenda Song, Bruce Campbell, Carmen Electra, Cast of Rent, Christine Devine, Chuck Henry, Cole Sprouse, Colleen Williams, Courteney Cox Arquette, Dave Koz, Davey Johnstone, David Arquette, Debby Boone, Debby Ryan, Denzel Washington, Cast of Desperate Housewives, Dylan Sprouse, Elton John, Fox 11/MY 13 television anchors, NBC4 television Fritz Coleman, Gabrielle Anwar, Giada De Laurentiis, Guy Babylon, Jack Johnson, Jake Gyllenhaal, James Galanos, Jamie Kennedy, Jean Smart, Jeffrey Donovan, Jennifer Love-Hewitt, John Mahon, Jon Chu and the Cast of Step Up 3D, Jon Turteltaub, Kaitlin Olson, Kaitlyn Gilliland, Kelly Slater, KCAL9 and CBS2 television anchors, Lance Bass, Marisa Coughlan, Markie Post, Marlee Matlin, Martha Williamson, Monique Coleman, Nicolas Cage, Nigel Olsson, Rachel Hunter, Richard Gilliland, Rod Stewart, and Shia LaBeouf.
Bar Celona, located in the historic Colorado Boulevard retail district of Old Pasadena, is the creation of local entrepreneurs Jack and Karen Huang, who is also on the board of directors of the foster care charity. Set on a stage of rich crimson red and hues of mellow mustard, Bar Celona invokes the traditions of the traditional tapas bars of Spain, with handcrafted murals of ‘the running of the bulls,’ wine offerings geared toward those of the Spanish vineyards, house made sangrias, and the popular small plates that trigger a smiling sigh. The venue makes for a wonderful atmosphere to host this event.
Guests who bid on May 4 will get a chance to vie for celebrity shoes with online visitors until the auction’s closing date, May 13.
Bar Celona, celebrities, and bidders of Hillsides “Foster Soles” can be assured that putting their best foot forward ensures a better pathway for foster care children.
Hillsides Foster Soles 2009 was awarded national winner of the PR News Non-Profit PR Awards in “Event PR,” a finalist in “PR on a Shoestring,” and Best of Pasadena, from Pasadena Magazine.
To learn more about the foster care children’s charity or “Foster Soles,” visit

As a Pasadena foster care charity founded in 1913, Hillsides creates safe places for children at risk and their families by providing residential care, mental health services to break the cycle of domestic violence, special education, and advocacy. To learn more about Hillsides, visit

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Office: 323-254-2274 ext. 274
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