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Melissa Curtin covers charity and style related events and loves to cover LA's best in beauty, fashion, and culture. She is an educator who recently returned to the classroom to motivate and inspire third graders at a private school in Pacific Palisades. In 2012, she launched an educational T-shirt line called Wear2learn. When she is not working out, hiking a canyon, or at the beach, she is writing. Her latest dream come true has been travel writing for Johnny Jet.

After teaching in the Maryland public school system for almost a decade, she left the conservative East Coast environment in Washington, DC for West Coast living. Eager for adventure, inner growth, and a new environment, she packed her car and took to the open road on her own landing in her new home - Hollywood, California. As a Connecticut Yankee at heart, she has now lived in Los Angeles for six years surrounded by the stars.

Melissa graduated from Gettysburg College with a double major in psychology and art history. Soon after, she earned a Master's Degree in education. Melissa traveled around the world on Semester at Sea, and earned a Fulbright Scholarship which enabled her to teach in England. A lust for travel and learning has fueled her globe trotting ever since. Some of her favorite destinations are Costa Rica, Thailand, Fiji, Morocco, Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Sicily, Prague, Egypt, Australia, Greece, and Paris.

Los Angeles has won over her heart. She is constantly taking advantage of what LA LA Land has to offer - new boutiques and restaurants, finding great deals, discovering new hikes and beaches, music, and West Coast fashion.

Recap: The California Wildlife Center’s 14th Annual Brunch In Malibu

The California Wildlife Center held their 14th Annual Brunch Sunday, September 16 at the lavish Malibu Gull’s Way Estate. This is a very important brunch because they receive 80% of their funding from the auctions and sponsors who help host the event. Sponsors like Patron and Malibu Wines support the event along with many others who travel from across the country.

Alberto Paradaa high-end, eco-friendly jeweler, makes the trip from Washington, DC every year and has been doing so for the past five years. Vanessa Williams, Kyle Richards, Jenny McCarthy, and Milla Jovovich, among others, love his luxurious pieces. Alberto donates one high end piece to the Wildlife’s Center’s fundraising efforts and he feels great knowing he is helping care for these animals.

“When the time comes around for this event- I make it a point to make sure I’m there. I’ve been doing this for years and fly in just for this event and will continue to show my support as long as I can,” Parada said.

This past year the California Wildlife Center (CWC) took in 3,700 animals- they receive no money from the government and fund themselves by holding yearly events like these. Sunday’s guests who were in attendance got to see the release of a hawk- this has become a staple for the CWC to release an animal that they have been helping throughout the year. This was definitely a touching moment and something that makes these supporters return year after year.

California Wildlife Center 14th Annual Brunch




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