Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Elton's Autographed Shoes at Auction

Celebrities like Elton John, Mark Wahlberg and Jessica Simpson kick off the Third Annual Hillsides Foster Soles in Los Angeles, an online auction of celebrity autographed shoes and celebrity photograph. Honorary Chair and Celebrity Auctioneer is Dr. Drew Pinsky of “Loveline,” “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” and “Dr. Drew” on HLN. The Los Angeles kickoff event to launch the auction will be hosted by Bar Celona in Pasadena on Wednesday, April 27, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The online auction runs April 27th through May 16th, which is held during Foster Care Awareness Month in May to raise awareness of national foster care issues and the plight of children and youth in the system.

Hillsides, a Los Angeles foster care children’s charity with 98 years of creating safe places, is asking celebrities to donate autographed shoes and photographs.

Besides John, Wahlberg and Simpson, this year’s celebrity participants include: John Stamos, Denzel Washington, Seth Green, Mario Lopez, Sugar Ray Leonard, George Lopez , Gabriel Iglesias, Jane Kaczmarek , Billy Bob Thornton, Tim Allen, Jimmy Kimmel, Joan Rivers, Larry King, Dr. Drew Pinksy , Dave Koz , Charles Barkley, Robert Horry, Billy Zane, Mike Epps, Marlee Matlin, Cast from Burn Notice, Chelsea Handler, Chuy, Markie Post, Stan Smith, Mark Harmon, Pam Dawber, Kate Linder, Edie Falco, Rona Barrett, Kim Coates, Kaitlin Olson, Devon Werheiser, Melissa Rivers, Samantha Harris, Cast from The Bold & The Beautiful and many more.

Bar Celona, located in the historic Colorado Boulevard retail district of Old Pasadena, is the creation of local entrepreneurs Jack Huang and Karen Tanji, 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 April 27 will get a chance to vie for celebrity shoes with online visitors until the auction’s closing date, May 16.

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.

Tickets are $35 in advance or $50 at the door. To purchase tickets, learn more about the foster care children’s charity or “Foster Soles,” visit

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