The event, hosted by The Palms Casino -a Maloof Casino & Resort- was filled with excitement as over 300 guests poured into the Hilton Anaheim to celebrate the outstanding community support that this organization has provided women and children for over 25 years.
The evening kicked off with a bang as a silent auction was displayed in the foyer of the California Grand Ballroom while a live reggae band played, delicious food was served and beautiful Hawaiian style necklaces were given to all the ladies in attendance and beaded lays were given to all the men!
Following the opening festivities was the speech of Palms Hotel owner, George Maloof who was in town to thank Eli Home for being a sanctuary to many in the Orange County area and to say a few words about the Sacramento Kings and their possible move to Anaheim.
Needless to say, everyone listened intently in the hopes to hear Mr. Maloof share some good news. Unfortunately, all the room heard was “we’ll see what happens”. Nonetheless, everyone from Eli Home for Abused Children were incredibly grateful for his $25,000 sponsorship and hope to continue to build that relationship.
After Maloof’s speech, the presentation of the Cariño Award was presented. This award is the highest honor that Eli Home presents to an outstanding group, person, organization or company that has shown unequivocal support to their cause throughout the years. This year, we were humbled with this honor. The Hilton Anaheim team watched proudly as Lorri Galloway, Executive Director of Eli Home presented Shaun Robinson, General Manager of the hotel with a beautiful plaque and a heart warming thank you for the hotel’s support over the last 16 years.
A delectable dinner and a auction with professional auctioneer kept everyone at the event in high spirits as music began to play and the dance floor filled up with Anaheim’s finest including Mayor Tom Tait, Council Members Gale Eastman, Kris Murray and the rest of the amazing supporters of Eli home making this one of the organizations more successful events to date! The Anaheim Hilton family would like to once again thank Eli Home for the incredible honor and look forward to supporting the organization for many years to come!