Chrysalis, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping economically disadvantaged and homeless people become self-sufficient through employment, will mark its 25th anniversary during an event at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica Tuesday, November 10th.
The anniversary celebration will bring together corporate and community leaders who have made Chrysalis’ critical work possible at its centers in Santa Monica, Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. The event will raise much-needed funds for Chrysalis to serve the nearly 3,000 individuals who seek its services each year.
During its 25 years, Chrysalis officials say that the organization has helped more than 30,000 men and women in Los Angeles out of poverty and homelessness through employment opportunities.
This year, due to the poor economy, there has been a 40 percent increase over last year in the number of clients seeking Chrysalis’ help, but officials note that the agency has managed to serve all new clients and retained an 80 percent success rate.
Among the honorees at the anniversary event are:
– John Dillon, who founded Chrysalis on Skid Row in 1984 at the age of 22. Dillon is currently the first vice president of Investments at Legg Mason in Bethesda, Maryland;
– The City of Los Angeles and the late Mayor Tom Bradley, who provided early support for Chrysalis. The city continues to actively support the organization; and
– The City of Santa Monica, which has been active for 15 years and continues to support Chrysalis’ progress in ending homelessness in the community.
The 25th anniversary celebration, which begins at 6 p.m., will feature a cocktail reception, live and silent auction and award ceremony, including a speech from Chrysalis founder Dillon.
The Fairmont Miramar is at 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica.
Reception tickets are $175, or $350 for a reception ticket and half-page advertisement.
Information about Chrysalis, www.ChangeLives.org/.