Our Town

Founded in Pacific Palisades by Sheila Morovati, nonprofit Crayon Collection recently partnered with Microsoft to pack and donate 750 pounds of crayons—about 75,000 pieces. Engineers with the company worked together for a month to create 3,000 Crayon Collection pouches to benefit schools in the Seattle area, made possible by an artist in Indianapolis who contacted the nonprofit with an “enormous” crayons donation that she had collected for years.     

Photo courtesy of Crayon Collection

The Upper School at Archer School for Girls performed “The Addams Family” as this year’s fall musical in the Meridith Baer Black Box Theater—the premiere communitywide performance in the new space. “Being a part of this show is one of the best experiences I’ve had in theater, and I’m proud to be putting it on now as its themes become more essential to my life,” Director Ava V. Class of 2020 shared in a statement.

Photo courtesy of Archer School for Girls

Former honorary mayor and longtime Palisadian Kevin Nealon (left) hosted the 30th anniversary of Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies, which honored Eva Longoria Bastón (above), as well as Martin and Lisa Greenberg. For three decades, the association has dedicated itself to raising funds to continue research being conducted at the John Wayne Cancer Institute.        

Photos courtesy Craig T. Mathew




Pacific Palisades Optimist Club member Ben Adele shared a story of his upbringing—leading to his marriage to Faye Vahdani and starting Luxe Homecare, which operates four locations and employs more than 100 people.

Photo by Richard Wilken