A kick-off event, hosted by Drew Pinsky, will be held on Wednesday.
Hillsides is a 95-year-old nonprofit group that offers services to children and families in crisis, provides special education, advocates for children’s rights and gives mental health services to the children taking part in its residential treatment program.
CEO Joe Costa said he hoped to bring in more than $30,000 at this year’s event. “We are an agency that has to raise at least 10 percent of our operating budget through private resources,” he said. “Each year, we’re trying to raise about $2 million to $2.5 million. Last year, we raised more than $30,000 and we hope to at least [match] that much money this year.”
Pinsky praised the organization as being a model institution for helping abandoned and abused children receive assistance and achieve success in the future.
“It’s wonderfully therapeutic. The professionals there are second to none,” said Pinsky, who donated an autographed pair of loafers to the auction.
Elton John, Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Simpson, Jimmy Kimmel and a host of other celebrities have also donated autographed shoes and photographs to the auction.