Friends gather at special event to honor Julien Hug

Attendees enjoy boutique shopping in the outdoor courtyard before sitting down to a delicious meal by Mille Fleurs Executive Chef Martin Woesle. (L-R): Dana Alkasmi, Linda Sansone, Courtney MacDonald, and Maria Assaraf. Photos/Karyn Doyle

By Kids Korps USA

On Nov. 15, supporters gathered at Mille Fleurs in Rancho Santa Fe for a holiday -themed luncheon and fashion show benefiting Kids Korps USA’s “Hugs 4 Kids” program. The program, inspired by Julien Hug’s legacy, which formally launched in 2011, has a mission to ignite healthy inner growth and support the positive identity of young people by engaging youth, families, and communities in educational programs, hands-on activities and awareness campaigns. The vision of the program is for youth to accept themselves and honor their self-worth, address their fears and challenges through helpful tools, and achieve a sense of purpose empowering their lives.

Attendees of the luncheon enjoyed holiday shopping (from vendors including: Maggie B and Mister B, Vinturi, Sweet Violet, McNally Company Antiques, The Doctor’s Wife, Sette Divini, Aromaah Custom Fragrances, and more), a gourmet meal from Executive Chef Martin Woesle, and a fashion show featuring festive and seasonal fashions from Maggie B and Mister B, with hair styling by Haim Salon.

Hugs 4 Kids is a powerful resource for parents, for educators, and particularly for young people in our community. Generous donors will help us expand this program in the coming years. Our goals include:

•Hosting quarterly speaking engagements focused on such key issues as: Anti-Bullying, Healthy Body Image, Depression, Stress Management, and Suicide Prevention

•Creating youth focus groups to offer a safe zone for sharing on difficult topics

•Developing a school-based curriculum and a “Discovering Me” summer camp, focused on empowering our youth and offering helpful tools and resources.

(Left) Sheri Sorenson models fashions from Maggie B, while guests enjoy great friends and great food.

For more information regarding our Hugs 4 Kids program, or to make a donation, please visit If you would like to volunteer, or get involved with our Advisory Committee, please contact Amber Johnston, programs and outreach coordinator, at (858) 500-8136 ext. 104, or

A special “Thank You” to Bertrand & Denise Hug and the Mille Fleurs staff, Mia Stefanko and the Ranch & Coast Magazine staff, Maggie Bobileff and Andrene Dziubinski of Maggie B and Mister B, and each participant who helped make the “Hugs 4 Kids Benefit Luncheon and Holiday Fashion Show” such a success!