The Canyon Club hosted the first annual charity Easter brunch Sunday as part of a fundraising effort for the Lost Angels Children’s Project at the Westfield Valencia Town Center.
Hosted by Onyxx Monopoly, from “Hooked on Onyxx” on 100.9 FM The Heat, and “Big” Mike Robinson, the event welcomed families to a carnival setting with inflatable games, balloon swords and face painting. For brunch, families filled their plates with crepes, pancakes, omelets, sausage and more.
“I like doing events for families in need and especially on holidays, because oftentimes, families in need don’t have the money or the resources for holidays,” Monopoly said. “I also like to choose charities that can benefit from what we are doing, and the reason I do that is because of those charities that took me in and gave me the Christmases that I remember, the holidays that I remember.”
Her passion to incorporate the Lost Angels Children’s Project stemmed from her nephew, who lived with Monopoly’s mother before she passed away. He came from Utah to California and met the project’s owner, Aaron Valencia, founder of Lost Angels, and they developed a close bond over cars.
“He was just happy,” she said. “He went from wanting to die to wanting to live, and it just gave him life.”
With the help of The Canyon’s general manager, Jake Sterling, the idea for a charity brunch developed.
“We want to do the event so they have something … good,” he said. “It stinks to have the holidays like that (without) anywhere to go, you don’t have anything to do. We wanted to give them somewhere to have fun.”
Monopoly said she wants to continue to help foster children across the state.
“If the charities can support each other or if people out here want to support charities, and support The Canyon Club for what they do for charities, it would be a great help,” she said. “This is not something that will happen one time.”
For more information, go to lostangelscp.org.