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Yesterday's Happy Trails Hike-A-Thon gave us the opportunity to take full advantage of two of the reasons to love living in L.A.: perfect picnic weather by the beach at the end of October and In-N-Out Burger. And it was all for the very worthy cause of supporting children in Southern California's foster care system. Oh, and did we mention two of man's other greatest inventions, cotton candy and a moonbounce were also part of the equation?
All were welcome at the 1st Annual Happy Trails for Kids Hike-A-Thon fundraising extravaganza yesterday at Pacific Palisades' Temescal Gateway Park—kids, grownups and even some dogs turned out for the day of fun in the sun. As part of Happy Trails' noble cause of providing deserving children in the foster care system with the summer camp experience, as well as supplemental year-round reunion events, proceeds from the Hike-A-Thon of more than $90,000 benefited the non-profit's mission.
Organized hikes through Temescal's trails sponsored by companies like The Gores Group, Proskauer, Gilchrist & Rutter, Skadden Arps, Gibson Dunn, O'Melveny & Myers, DLA Piper, and Eastdil Secured were given throughout the day. But hike or no hike, everyone who came out was able to enjoy the entertainment at the finish line in the park. From arts and crafts like face painting and pumpkin decorating, yummy food from the In-N-Out truck on standby with plenty of double-doubles at the ready, Big Man Bakes cupcakes, popcorn and cotton candy, to a giant moonbounce, there was something for everyone. The moonbounce appears to have been the main attraction for kids age 10 and under in attendance, but I'd just like to put it out there that I think moonbounces are fantastic, and don't understand why we can't have them at more grownup parties...? Think about it.
All in all, the first ever Hike-A-Thon proved to be a huge success, and one we predict will be Happy Trails' most anticipated fundraising event of every year, for hikers and non-hikers alike.