The St. Joseph Center in Venice raised over $500,000 to fund vital services for low-income and homeless families and individuals in Venice and Santa Monica at its 22nd annual Dinner Dance event Saturday, June 2nd, center officials said.

The Dinner Dance event, which attracted a sellout crowd, was held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles.

Television star and longtime St. Joseph Center supporter Wendie Malick hosted the event.

Honorees included Steven M. Hilton, president of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and St. Joseph Center board member, who received the Hope Through Empowerment award, as well as UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

The Anderson School of Management, represented by Dean Judy Olian and professors Kevin McCardle and Steven Lippman, was the recipient of the Community Service Award for the work of its faculty and staff as volunteers and on St. Joseph Center’s Planting Hope, Growing Lives capital campaign.

Another honoree was Raymond Middleton, who received the agency’s Special Recognition Award. By working with St. Joseph Center’s Homeless Service Center, Middleton has gone from living in his car to renting his own apartment and providing a home for his mother and seven-year old son, center officials said.

The Dinner Dance brought 500 local business owners, professionals, and community leaders, including Los Angeles Police Department Chief William Bratton, to the Music Center for an evening featuring live and silent auctions.

The event also featured live music that included the debut of two new songs by jazz recording artist Lisa Hilton, wife of honoree Steven M. Hilton.

St. Joseph Center’s Dinner Dance is a critical source of support for the center’s ten programs, which provide services such as job training, affordable childcare, supplemental groceries and hot meals for 6,500 working poor and homeless families and individuals to achieve greater health, stability and self-sufficiency, center officials said.

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