A UNIQUE BIRTHDAY PARTY

LILA McCANN ENJOYED HER  BIRTHDAY IN A SPECIAL WAY. LILA CELEBRATED HER BIRTHDAY BY BRINGING CELEBRITY CHEF JOHNNY CIAO TO PREPARE A SPECIAL MEAL FOR HOLLYWOOD’S HOMELESS TEENS

 

Lila spent the her day serving food at My Friend’s Place, a resource center that services the homeless teens on Hollywood Boulevard.

This year, since moving into her own apartment in Los Angeles, CA, Lila opted to celebrate her ongoing success and new gold album (Something In The Air) by hosting a party for young people less fortunate than herself. She arranged for Johnny Ciao, the "Rock n’ Roll" celebrity chef to prepare a special luncheon of gourmet burritos for the homeless youth who utilize My Friend’s Place. Lila was on hand with Johnny Ciao, to greet the teens and serve the food. Johnny Ciao has cooked for such personalities as Michael Jackson, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston, Carlos Santana, and Marlon Brando to name a few.

Explains Lila, "I was blessed to have grown up with supportive family, friends and adults in my life who nurtured and supported my dreams. There wouldn’t be any Gold records without their encouragement. Since becoming involved with My Friend’s Place, I know there are so many young people who are discouraged and abused by the people they trusted and now by the harshness of a big city. This is the least I can do for them and plan to do much more in the future. I already feel this is a remarkable birthday that will always be very special."

Some of the highlights of the day included Lila performing Christmas songs on her acoustic guitar with Johnny Ciao jamming on the harmonica; Lila passing the guitar to the kids and joining in a large song circle; someone sitting on a part of the birthday cake and the group wondering who would get stuck with that piece and Lila presenting her Tacoma acoustic guitar to the center for the clients to use on a regular basis. She saw how much joy the guitar brought to the group today, so she felt it would be well appreciated.

Lila wants to emphasis with her visit that My Friend’s Place is in dire need of donations to continue to feed and provide much needed services. Donations can be made payable to My Friend’s Place, PO Box 3867, Hollywood, CA 90078.

My Friend’s Place is a non profit organization that provides a safe haven for homeless youth on the streets of Hollywood. The facility serves young people facing life’s most difficult challenges socially, emotionally, and physically. My Friend’s Place provides meals, a safe environment and safety from the streets. Their low-pressure approach makes it one of the most heavily accessed sites of it’s kind in Southern California, in spite of the fact that it is one of the smallest. For more information regarding My Friend’s Place contact June Rich, Director of Development at 323-908-0011 ext. 2.