February End of Month Update

February has been a busy month for us at URM.  We hope you will take a moment to watch this video for exciting highlights on the events and challenges, including photos of our Hearts for Hope Fashion Show honoring Paris Hilton.

When you support us and share our message with others, you are helping to provide a better life for those who may otherwise be living on the streets of LA.  We cannot do what we do without you.


Hearts for Hope Fashion Show Extravaganza

Tory Burch Fashion Show - Models 

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (February 8, 2010) — The Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village was teaming with celebrities as the Hearts for Hope fundraising celebrity fashion show got underway on Saturday February 6th presented by award winning designer, Tory Burch.  The star studded event was spearheaded by Alice Starr and a committee of people who have a profound heart for helping those experiencing homelessness.


The event honored two of the most recognized women that have had a personal impact on helping people experiencing homelessness, Socialite Paris Hilton and the courageously bold Leigh Anne Tuohy, the true life mother of adopted son Michael Oher, depicted in the movie “The Blind Side”. Union Rescue Mission CEO, Andy Bales, was all smiles as he presented Paris Hilton with the coveted “Heart for Service” Award.  A teary eyed Paris humbly accepted her award and replied “I have received lots of Awards but this one means so much more to me because it’s about being a humanitarian, something I am getting into doing more of this year”.  She expressed much admiration for the work of Union Rescue Mission and thanked the crowed of over 400 for coming out on a rainy Saturday afternoon to support the Mission.

 Paris Auctions off Personal Picnic

All proceeds benefit the Union Rescue Mission’s Hope Gardens Family Center, a transitional and permanent supportive housing facility serving women and children.  

 Attendees included:

  • Heart for Service Award recipients- Paris Hilton & Leigh Anne Tuohy
  • Heart for Service Award Presenter- Union Rescue Mission CEO, Andy Bales
  • Some Celebrity Committee members included; Jackie & Anson Williams, Roma Downey, Kathleen Quinlan and Rick Springfield
  • Event Hosts – Kevin Dretzka and Stanley Gerlach Jr.

Silent Auction 

Hiltons Host Shopping Event to Benefit URM

On Thursday, December 17th, Paris and Nicky Hilton hosted a shopping event at House of Petro Zillia.  The owner and head designer, Nony, said the Hilton sisters asked that the event benefit an organization of their choice – and they chose Union Rescue Mission!  



The shopping extravaganza was from 7:00pm to 10:00pm, and there was a great turn out!  Thanks to Paris & Nicky, as well as House of Petro Zillia, for being such great supporters of URM!