Tweens’ vintage pop-up raises funds for Children’s Hospital

| November 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

AMBASSADORS Evvie Juda and Pippa Tarses at WO•LA fitness studio.

Junior Ambassadors Evvie Juda, 11, and Pippa Tarses, 9, held a vintage pop-up benefiting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles last month at WO•LA studio, 7944 W. Third St.

The pair collected stacks of clothes from friends and parents as part of Junior Ambassador Action Day at their school, Center for Early Education.

Each item of clothing sold for $5; some buyers gave much more. The final tally was several hundreds of dollars by the afternoon of the Oct. 8 event.

The girls modeled the project after Evvie’s grandmother’s work with the The Colleagues, a vintage and designer shop in Santa Monica that benefits Children’s Institute Inc. Former first ladies Laura Bush and Nancy Reagan are among its prestigious and long list of honorees since its founding by the late Hancock Park resident and Chronicle columnist, Lucy Toberman.

Two fitness classes, maxed to capacity with 18 kids each, were also held during the all-day event with proceeds also benefiting CHLA, said Evvie’s dad and co-owner of the fitness space, Craig Juda.

“This is a one-time event, but we plan on doing more in the future as we are working on a partnership with CHLA,” Juda said.

It’s the fifth charity event the fitness studio has held since its opening last spring by Juda, a Hancock Park native, and co-owner Leonard Chung.

Other beneficiaries have included Big Sunday, a South Sudan basketball team and an organization fighting sex trafficking.

“This is all about teaching our kids about giving back.We’re all about giving back to the community, “ said Juda.

Frustrated with finding a local workout space for each of their team-averse sons, he and Chung created one. The studio features adjoining kids’ and adults’ workout rooms, complete with exercise equipment and a club-like atmosphere.

“I’ve come with my daughter, and she loves it,” said Pippa’s mom Katie Tarses. While in separate rooms, “you’re doing the same sort of things.”

Trejo’s donated doughnuts to the pop-up event.


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