Families gathered under the historic Moreton Bay fig tree at the
Fairmont Miramar Hotel on Sunday to celebrate the holiday season during
the free community event "Meet Me Under the Fig Tree."
The event hosts were KTLA’s Jessica Holmes and Santa Monica City TV’s Greg Goldner.
The afternoon included live performances by The Santa Monica High
School Orchestra and Grammy Award Winning pianist Bill Cunliffe.
Guests enjoyed a whimsical ginger bread house display, cookie
decorating, hair braiding, yoga classes by exhale Mind Body Spa, a
bounce house, as well as meet and greets with members of Santa Monica’s
Fire Department and Police Department.
Additionally, families enjoyed furry four legged friends from the Los Angeles based Best Friends Pet Adoption clinic.
Guests were also treated to a complimentary raffle, with drawings by
Mayor Pam O’Connor, Councilmember Gleam Davis, Councilmember Bob
Holbrook and Councilmember Ted Winterer, which featured prizes donated
by community partners including Brick + Mortar, The Lobster, Del
Frisco’s, Season’s 52, Shutters On the Beach Hotel, FIG Restaurant,
Pacific Park, Helen’s Cycles, and Whole Foods.
Guests delighted in culinary offerings such as warm pumpkin soup and
BBQ chicken sandwiches from FIG Restaurant and delectable sweet treats
from Vanilla Cupcake, Sweet Lady Jane, The Butter End, and Nothing Bundt
Attendees were encouraged to bring cans of non-perishable food to be
donated to The Westside Food Bank. In total, 8,345 pounds of food will
be distributed to deserving families in the community.
“We are astounded and appreciative of the amount of canned food we
collected during the event,” said Alan Epstein of MSD Capital,
representing the owner of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows.
“These donations will greatly impact the lives of the less fortunate in
our community. It was our sincere pleasure to host such a spirited
community event and we thank those who attended.”
On Monday, Dec. 9, representatives of Westside Food Bank gathered at
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows to load the donated food items
onto the Westside Food Bank truck.
Iao Katagiri, RAND's community
relations director and Westside Food Bank board member for over 20
years, said generosity shown by the people of Santa Monica Sunday didn't surprise her at all.
“Neither does the fact that the Fairmont Miramar Hotel created
such a warm holiday celebration and opened its doors to the entire
community to enjoy and join in helping others," Katagiri said. "Sunday's event was right
in line with all the things the Miramar has done to support the
community for at least the 40 years that I've been here."
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