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New Opportunities, New Friendships

As the Distinguished Belle in the Philanthropy office, I had the opportunity to organize a philanthropy event. The other Distinguished Belle in the Philanthropy office, Katie, and I decided to host our event at the Westwood Plaza Retirement Residence. About 10 Belles joined us at the home and we decorated picture frames with the
residents.  It was so fulfilling to see the happiness on the residents' faces as we talked with them. Several of the residents were UCLA grads or had children/grandchildren that attended UCLA! My favorite moment of the event occurred when a resident wanted to join the event just as we were ending. Since there was not enough time for
her to decorate her own frame, I offered to give her the frame I decorated for myself. The joy on her face when she received my frame was a look I will never forget. She was so appreciative and absolutely loved my frame. I am so thankful that Bruin Belles has given me the opportunity to not only learn how to plan and host an event but also a chance to meet new people!

Giuliana Battaglini
Distinguished Belle
Second Year Bruin Belle

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