Malibu Seen / By Kim Devore


Congrats to Malibu’s Tina and Rick Caruso. The Association of Fundraising Professionals honored the high-profile pair as Philanthropists of the Year. The Carusos have a long history of involvement with an organization called Para Los Ninos, which works with children on L.A.’s Skid Row.

The pair was honored at a special Philanthropy Day luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, along with Mindy and Gene Stein, and Lee and Mickey Segal. Local AFP President Fonny Oei praised the group as “amazing role models,” saying, “all of our honorees are successful in their own right, but have found the time to unselfishly give back to their communities and to those in need.”

In 2007, Para Los Ninos recognized the Carusos’ hard work and dedication with the Tina and Rick Caruso Child Development Center. “The Carusos are among our biggest champions,” said P.L.N. President and CEO Gisselle Acevedo. “Because of their ongoing generosity, we are able to continue to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children, enabling parents to work with the peace of mind that their children are being well cared for and being prepared for a successful school experience.”

Rick Caruso says the children of Para Los Niños represent the future. “They will be the ones who will build, who will lead, who will change things for the better. This agency and its programs are ensuring that will happen by giving previously overlooked children and their families the safe haven and loving environment the rest of us often take for granted.”

Since opening its doors in 1980, the organization has helped thousands of low-income children and their families.


Whether it’s a dazzling modern cityscape or a scratchy historic image from the Wild West, photo l.a. has something for everyone. This year’s eye-popping extravaganza should be extra special as the event is marking its 20th year. The expo opens Jan. 13 and runs through Jan. 17 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

The photo expo showcases the work of dozens of artists and has become a must see for shutterbugs, collectors and dealers. The show is the city’s longest running arts fair and is starting to outgrow its location. To accommodate this year’s flock of fans, they’re adding an additional 7,000 square feet with a tented canopy. Thursday’s opening night preview party will benefit the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography at LACMA. So check out photo l.a. and see what develops!

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