HARK Celebrates Kids on Cinco De Mayo at Upper West Restaurant!

Join HARK (Healing Arts Reaching Kids) and Upper West for a Cinco de Mayo benefit (Tuesday May 5th) open to the public. The charity event will allow diners to enjoy a fabulous dinner while giving 30% back to an incredible nonprofit. 

Yes...Upper West Restaurant in Santa Monica has graciously agreed to donate 30% to HARK during this event from 5-10pm.  Upper West is a popular Santa Monica restaurant serving internationally inspired dishes like ahi tuna tacos and chimi churri sweet potato fries. The public can order as little or as much as fits their appetites and budgets…all the while helping a great cause. Prizes such as gift certificates to local stores/restaurants will be raffled, etc. Danny Hutton founder and lead singer of Three Dog Night will be in attendance. 

Upper West’s chef Nick Shipp said he was looking forward to celebrating Cinco de Mayo at the restaurant. “Growing up in Texas, I was immersed in a rich tradition of Mexican food. It's an important date in history and helping the efforts of the children's hospital of Los Angeles is an important cause.”

HARK is an affiliate support group of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where Laurie Hutton President of HARK is a volunteer.  She teaches workshops and has witnessed healing moment first hand. "Patients loose track of time while painting and listening to music. I was told by a patient that it was very therapeutic, and relaxing," said Hutton. 

HARK also participates in the famed Beverly Hills artSHOW each year. Event manager, Karen McLean has been coordinating the event for the past 12 years. Just about eight years ago, HARK joined up with the event. “We were looking to include a meaningful charity, and had really never done so, but wanted to work with one that was truly into art,” said McLean. She added that the challenge of creating art helps to build discipline. “I believe that art helps kids and adults deal with the emotional stuff they are going through, but also, it offers a mental challenge.” The Beverly Hills artSHOW takes place May 16th and 17th from 10-6pm. You can find HARK at booth # 4 (East of the Beverly Hills sign). For general information about the May 2015 Beverly Hills artSHOW, call (310) 285-6830 or visit www.beverlyhills.org/artshow

Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo with HARK and Upper West at 3321 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica. Make a difference in a child's life, while enjoying exquisite cuisine. Reservations can be made by calling 310-586-1111. http://www.theupperwest.com/ To find out more about HARK, see http://www.healingartsreachingkids.org/

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