On Saturday, October 24th 2009 Oscar nominated actress Viola Davis will host the annual Friendly House Luncheon. This star studded event at the beautiful Beverly Hilton Hotel will raise money and awareness about the oldest home for women in recovery in the country – Friendly House.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the luncheon and Friendly House will be honoring two individuals who exhibit great leadership and public service to the community. Founder and Editorial Director of C Magazine and Publisher and President of Santa Barbara Magazine, Jennifer Smith Hale will be awarded 2009 Woman of the Year. This successful business woman has captured California Style in her award winning magazines and gives back to her community through her philanthropic endeavors. Jennifer’s tireless efforts and leadership empower and create opportunities for women to see possibilities in their lives. New York Times bestselling author, Christopher Kennedy Lawford will be awarded 2009 Excellence in Service. Through Christopher’s extraordinary literature and his continuous activism, Christopher strives to make a difference helping others overcome substance abuse problems and living with hepatitis C.

Currently celebrating its 59th year in service, Friendly House has successfully treated thousands of women for alcoholism and drug addiction. No individual has ever been turned away due to lack of funds, however, Friendly House receives no state, federal or local funding. The organization thrives on annual events produced by their Board of Directors to promote and support their cause.

Proceeds from the luncheon and silent auction will go directly to Friendly House, continuing its ongoing mission to help women recover from the deadly disease of alcoholism and drug addiction. For ticket information please contact Cynthia Short at (213) 389-8810.

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