The Help Group to Benefit from 9th Annual Art & Design Walk in West Hollywood on June 3, 2006

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Proceeds from Los Angeles’ premier designer event supports children with autism, learning disabilities and other special needs.

Nearly 10,000 style-philes will descend on the trendiest streets of West Hollywood on Saturday, June 3 for the 9th Annual Art & Design Walk on the Avenues of Art & Design in West Hollywood, an evening of fashion, design and philanthropy. For the second consecutive year The Help Group, one of the nation’s largest nonprofits serving children with autism, learning disabilities and other special needs, has been chosen as the beneficiary of the event.

The Art & Design Walk has become the West Coast’s premier event for connoisseurs of high-end fashion, interior design and fine art. Chic Melrose Avenue, Robertson and Beverly Boulevards become a design showcase nearly a mile long with more than 200 fashion boutiques, design showrooms, fine art and antique galleries participating in the evening. The event features special receptions, seminars, and food and entertainment hosted by individual showrooms throughout the Avenues of Art & Design area, as well as cuisine from the area’s popular eateries.

“We are delighted that The Help Group has been chosen as the beneficiary of one of our community’s most prestigious events,” said Dr. Barbara Firestone, President and CEO, The Help Group. “The arts are such an important part of our education programs at The Help Group, which makes this event even more special. In fact, The Help Group’s Children’s Choir will be performing for the public that evening.”

“For the second year, the Avenues of Art & Design’s business community has chosen The Help Group to be the beneficiary because of the incredible impact this organization has in our community,” said Alexander Stettinski, Executive Director, Avenues of Art & Design. “We are extremely happy to be able to support an organization that makes a difference in the lives of thousands of children with special needs and their families.”

This year’s event also features a new, dynamic culinary experience called Tables of Ten where world-renowned designers, showrooms and chefs unite for a tour-de-force of design and cuisine, creating a stunning exhibit of dining spaces set among the outdoor plaza of the dramatic Pacific Design Center. Guests will enjoy gourmet dinners prepared by some of California’s most talented chefs including David Myers of Sona Restaurant, Tanino Drago of Tanino Ristorante, David LeFevre of Water Grill, Matt Bencivenga and Sherry Yard from Wolfgang Puck, Matt Carpenter from Bin 8945 (new restaurant opening next week in West Hollywood), Javier Plascencia of Romesco in San Diego and Damie Poonoosamy of Grand Affair Inc. Proceeds from Tables for Ten also benefit The Help Group.

Some of the evening’s many noted participating showrooms, boutiques and galleries include James Perse, Phyllis Morris, Armani Casa, Williams Sonoma Home, The Glass Garage, Stella McCartney, John Varvatos, Avedon and more. A silent auction of luxury products and services donated by the participating showrooms and galleries will be open to the public at the corner of Robertson and Beverly Boulevards on the day of the event with proceeds also benefiting The Help Group.

About The Help Group

Founded in 1975, The Help Group is the largest, most innovative and comprehensive nonprofit organization in the United States serving children with special needs related to autism, Asperger’s Disorder, learning disabilities, ADHD, mental retardation, abuse and emotional problems. The Help Group’s six specialized day schools offer pre-K through high school programs for more than 1,100 students. The Help Group’s wide range of mental health and therapy services, child abuse, foster family and residential programs extend its reach to more than 5,000 children and their families each year. With over 700 staff members, The Help Group’s state-of-the-art schools and programs are located on four major campuses in the Los Angeles area. The Help Group serves 500 students ages three to 22 with Autism Spectrum Disorders on a daily basis and offers diagnostic assessments, intervention, family support, after-school social skills programs and summer day camps. Through its professional training programs and efforts at the state and national levels, The Help Group touches the lives of children with special needs across the country and in other parts of the world. At the heart of its efforts is the commitment to helping young people fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive and rewarding lives. For more information about The Help Group call (818) 779-5212 or visit http://www.thehelpgroup.org.

About The Avenues of Art & Design

Located in trend-setting West Hollywood, The Avenues of Art & Design is the West Coast’s premier high-end destination for interior design, art galleries, fashion boutiques, specialty shops and restaurants. Established through a West Hollywood City Ordinance as a Business Improvement District (BID) in 1996, the streets of Melrose Avenue, Robertson and Beverly Boulevards are where fine, decorative and culinary arts are conceived, created, and consigned to aesthetically-minded, design-savvy connoisseurs worldwide. More than 400 businesses, including over 30 art galleries, 100 antique and contemporary furniture and interior design houses, 40 restaurants and coffee shops, and a variety of design, art, and food-related services, allow visitors to be at the epicenter of innovation. The district is a vibrant oasis of inspiration, in which visitors can easily walk from store to store, gallery to gallery, and showroom to showroom. For more information, call 310.289.2534 or visit http://www.avenuesartdesign.com.

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