Those who attended Sunset Sip, a September 6 charity wine tasting event hosted by Jim Fox that raised funds for The Guidance Center, had a charming time at a festive soiree that benefited the Long Beach-based community mental health center.

Through admission, donations, silent auctions and the generosity of the Keesal, Young & Logan law firm in donating its 14th-floor offices, over $70,000 was raised in the third annual event, making it the most successful Sunset Sip to date.

The bigheartedness helps benefit clients such as eight-year-old Alexis Cunningham, who performed a rendition of Alicia Keys’ Girl On Fire to rousing applause.

From Deborah Lew of LAKings.com:

Alexis isn’t the only one whose life is positively changing thanks to the efforts of those at The Guidance Center, as more than 120 health professionals spend more than 76,000 hours per year treating clients.

“The kids we serve are truly kids who are desperate for help,” said Tricia Costales, Executive Director for the Guidance Center. “They’re not kids who are just struggling or worried. These are kids who are in terrible situations and they’re poor and they’re in communities of violence and they have nowhere else to turn without resources like us.”

“We help them get on another path, we change the course of their future,” Costales said.

Deborah Lew: A Sunset, A Sip, and A Song

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