Several Beverly Hills school choirs and musical groups joined Santa and Mrs. Claus at Beverly Gardens Park on Saturday to raise money for the Friends of Beverly Gardens Park and the Beverly Hills Education Foundation.
The Beverly Hills High School Brass Band, the BHHS (co-ed) Madrigals singers, the BHHS (all-female) Minnesingers, the Beverly Vista Choir and the Horace Mann Ukulele Group performed holiday tunes throughout the afternoon on two different stages.
“We hope to be able to raise a good amount of money,” said Anton Saleh, president of Teen BHEF, which volunteered at various booths and sold raffle tickets.
Free refreshments were donated by The Beverly Hilton, Bouchon, Nate 'n Al’s, Fresh Brothers Pizza, Urth Caffe and Whole Foods.
Mayor William Brien, Vice Mayor John Mirisch, Councilwoman Lili Bosse, Councilman Julian Gold and Planning Commission Vice Chair Brian Rosenstein were spotted throughout the day. Afterwards, residents were encouraged to walk to the nearby city ice skating rink on North Crescent Drive.
Organizers did not have initial estimates of how much money was raised. For more information about the effort to restore Beverly Gardens Park or to make a donation, click here. To donate to the Beverly Hills Education Foundation, click here.