Friends gather at special event to honor Julien Hug

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.

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!