HAWTHORNE, California, November 6, 2008 - Wintertime will descend on the Ayres Hotel Hawthorne / Manhattan Beach / LAX, November 20 - 23, 2008 in the form of gingerbread, frosting and candy that has been artfully crafted into snowy scenes reminiscent of another place and time.
The cool creations are the handiwork of local artisans and will be the centerpieces of the annual Gingerbread Village Holiday Event and Exhibit, a fundraising activity that benefits the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles in support of the organization's efforts to serve children and families affected by epilepsy.
An open house featuring refreshments and entertainment is slated for Thursday, November 20 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm and is open to the public and free of charge.
A food and wine tasting event befitting the comfortable elegance and rich amenities that are the hallmarks of this Ayres family European-style hotel is planned for Sunday, November 23 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.
The event will showcase foods and wines from outstanding local establishments. In addition to the culinary delights, the event will feature a silent auction with an array of unusual items and gifts, plus musical entertainment.
Tickets are available for $35 for persons 21 and over only. To purchase tickets or to enter the gingerbread competition, please contact Lynda Louden of the Epilepsy Foundation at 310-670-2870. The hotel is located at 14400 Hindry Avenue in Hawthorne.
"We are so grateful to the Ayres Hotel for giving us the opportunity to, once again, increase awareness about epilepsy while also raising funds for programs and services provided to the 180,000 individuals living with epilepsy throughout the greater Los Angeles area, said Lynda Louden, the organization's development director.
"We are delighted to host this holiday spectacular on behalf of the Epilepsy Foundation and invite everyone to get into the holiday spirit for a great cause," said Lori Pavey, the hotel's director of sales.
About Ayres Hotels
In the hospitality business since 1985, Ayres Hotels owns and operates a unique collection of 20 custom European-style boutique hotels in prime Southern California locations. The core values of the company include caring for people, valuing teamwork and delivering results. The Ayres family has been a leader in the California residential and commercial real estate industry for more than a century. Visit the company online at www.ayreshotels.com or call 714-540-6060, ext.138.