During the holiday season, Las Madrinas honored 27 families and their daughters — including Abigail Lawrence Burner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher David Burner of Hudson — for their service to the Southern California community and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles at The Las Madrinas Ball Dec. 21, 2018, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

More than 800 guests from the greater Los Angeles area, including the 28 debutantes, their families and friends, gathered to celebrate with the members of Las Madrinas.

Las Madrinas President Kathy Thompson formally welcomed the families and guests in attendance and thanked everyone for joining Las Madrinas in its support of the research programs at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She spoke of the current project, the Las Madrinas Endowment for the Chief of Neurology Chair and the Neurological Institute Epilepsy Program and welcomed Paul Viviano, CEO of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Dr. Mark Krieger, director of the Neurological Institute.

Thompson then recognized Ball Chairman Kirstin Harrison and Debutante Chairman Missy Kolsky for their participation in making the evening such a success. 

The Wayne Foster Orchestra accompanied the presentation of the debutantes and played the traditional father-daughter waltz that transitioned the party from presentation to celebration.

Las Madrinas was established in 1933 as the first affiliate group of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and has been supporting pediatric medicine for 85 years. Since 1939, Las Madrinas has honored families who have demonstrated a commitment to the civic, cultural and philanthropic life of Southern California by presenting their daughters at the Las Madrinas Ball. 

Donations made in honor of the young women, together with the annual support of Las Madrinas members and friends, have enabled Las Madrinas to complete nine major projects at the hospital since 1988, including eight research endowments totaling almost $25 million and a capital project on the cardiovascular floor. This year Las Madrinas is continuing its commitment to a $5 million pledge for The Las Madrinas Endowment for the Chief of Neurology Chair and the Neurological Institute Epilepsy.