Such a Great Evening: Un Gusto di Malibu was Awesome!

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The Spirit of Giving was very evident this Saturday evening at the
Children’s Lifesaving Foundation’s Un Gusto Di Malibu Fundraiser.
Renowned architect and builder Michael Torrey of Avalon Construction
and his lovely wife Cheryl offered their newly designed home in Malibu
(which is for sale) for the Children’s Lifesaving Foundation and its
supporters. The breathtakingly beautiful home, located on Calpine
Drive, was an astounding for a festive, warm and truly heart-warming
Owners of restaurants Spruzzo’s, The Sunset, Moonshadows,
Marmalade’s Café, and Tramonto all donated amazing Italian delicacies
and delicious food. SALT Catering and Yvette’s Catering in the Valley
also contributed, and Malibu local Carrie Vose Interiors designed the
flowers and the theme of the evening. The special wines were chosen
and donated by wonderful Malibu locals Marla and Jeffrey Michaels of
KAYO of California.
Emmy and Golden-Globe Award Winning actor Michael Chiklis was the
host for the evening, who also honored his dear friend, and CLF long-
time supporter John Cygan, who sadly passed away this past year. The
John Cygan Memorial Scholarships were given away to three very
deserving teenagers: Alan Bohannon, who has been with the CLF since
2003, and a freshman at the University of Merced majoring in
computer science; Nasir Grissom, on scholarship at Phillip Exeter
Academy through Cornell University, and going on to major in Finance
at Williams University; and Yael Juarez, who is a freshman at San Jose
State, and majoring in Political Science. These teens have participated
in the CLF’s Camp4All, Care through College and Project Angel Wings
Holiday Programs since they were very young children, and have even
pledged to give back as they grow older.

They all gave brief, moving speeches about their goals and plans for the future, and how the CLF has impacted their lives. A great raffle with a stunning pair of diamond
earrings donated by Ciro & Debbie D’Angelo of Arctic Cold Caps
followed, and the winner was Malibu local and favorite, Germaine
Morgan!Guests included Malibu Council Member Lou La Monte, his wife
Laraine, Michael, Michelle & Autumn Chiklis, Annie and Cathy Cygan,
Linda Thompson, Ellen Poyer, Mark and Cha-Cha Weinstein, Eileen
Davidson, James Keach and Nancy Lynn, Barry and Terry Brooker, Elyse
and Hector Ortiz, and Leslie and A. Martinez. Topson-Downs was a
major sponsor of the evening.
The holidays are coming, and the CLF is hosting their second holiday
party on December 16 th at Camp Hess Kramer for over 150 at-risk and
low-income LA-area youth-complete with gift bags full of toys, great
holiday crafts from the local Thonson Family, awesome DJs, magician
Joe Greco, face-painters, great food and treats-and of course-Santa
himself. There is still time to sponsor this event or “adopt” a family for
the holiday season! Just email us! 



Director/Actor/Producer James Keach, Producer/Activist Nancy Lynn, Malibu Councilmember Lou La Monte, Emmy & Golden-Globe-winning actor Michael Chiklis, CLf Founder Maria D’Angelo, Karen and Arnold York, Barry Brooker of Grindstone Entertainment and Ciro D’Angelo, Founder of Arctic Cold Caps


CLF Founder Maria D’Angelo with very first CLF “adoptee” Mario Arevalo!


One of three John Cygan Memorial Scholarship Award Winners-Yael Juarez


Amazing views of Malibu at the Avalon Construction-designed home-located at 5664 Calpine Drive in Malibu


The love Cheryl Torrey and her husband Michael Torrey-founder and architect at Avalon Construction