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Making Pizza Dreams Come True for Kids

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TIMES STAFF WRITER

Things will be heating up in the California Pizza Kitchen in Westwood on Tuesday morning as the Starlight Foundation’s Starlight Kids create their idea of the perfect pizza.

Rick Rosenfield, co-founder of the restaurant chain, said the young chefs will work with the usual pizza toppings plus kid-preferred chocolate chips and jelly beans.

“The kids will be able to express their creativity in the kitchen and come up with their very own CPK signature pizza,” he said.

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The foundation grants wishes, such as this “Make Your Dream Pizza” event, to seriously ill children and their families.

“While we may not be able to cure diseases like we’d like to, we can get together and find a simple diversion in the life of a seriously ill child and their nuclear family. It’s a simple mandate of love,” said Warren Kornblum, president of the foundation’s board. “When you think about it, they’re going to an event that’s going to be a whole lot of fun--make pizzas and have a blast doing it.”

TV personality Daisy Fuentes will be the host and prizes will go to the funniest pizza, tastiest, most colorful and healthiest, with the grand prize getting the Starlight-California Pizza Kitchen Award.

Judges will include Jonathan Jackson of “General Hospital”; Richard Lee Jackson of “Ally McBeal”; Camille Devine, the 11-year-old star of Discovery Channel’s “Incredible Story Studio”; Karri Turner of “Jag”; and Khaliah Ali, the model / actress daughter of boxer Muhammed Ali.

Rosenfield and his partner, Larry Flax, are giving $20,000 to the foundation, which also helps children in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.

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The Westridge Golf Club in La Habra will be the site of Show Us the Green, the Angeles Girl Scout Council’s first golf classic.

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Money from the Oct. 18 duffer day will support Scout troops at homeless shelters. Information is available at (323) 933-4700, Ext. 133.

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The Los Angeles Natural History Museum raised $360,000 in May at its 1999 Dinosaur Ball, a celebration of the museum’s 85th anniversary.

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The Ark Trust, a national nonprofit animal protection organization based in Los Angeles, raised $71,000 at its second annual Party at Sea fund-raiser Aug. 15.

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