First published in the Jan. 26 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.
Five Acres, an Altadena-based children’s foster care agency, has announced that actor Sam Jaeger will serve as the emcee of this year’s annual gala slated for May 20, “The House of Five Acres,” inspired by the year the agency was founded in 1888 during the Victorian era.
Jaeger, who played Joel Graham on NBC’s television series “Parenthood,” showed support for Five Acres in 2013 during the show’s fifth season premiere party. He is a former Five Acres volunteer and has continued his involvement with the nonprofit for 10 years. He can be seen playing Peter on Netflix’s “Devil in Ohio” and Mark Tuello in Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” to name a few of his shows.
The annual gala will be held at the historic estate of Connie Holguin in Pasadena, which was built in 1897 and designed by Frederick Roehrig, American architect of the landmark building Hotel Green, once the home of the Tournament of Roses. Castle Green, which was built as an annex to Hotel Green, and the Andrew McNally House in Altadena were also designed by Roehrig.
The Victorian era was marked by great change in the world resulting from new inventions, scientific discoveries and social change, which gave birth to notable movements. At the time, orphanages were being founded to ensure children were kept safe when they had no home, were abandoned, or had a parent who died. Five Acres opened its doors as one of those orphanages that offered safety to the most vulnerable children.
“Over the course of its 135 years, we expanded to focus on well-being and mental health while also ensuring that every child has their own loving and permanent family,” said Jennifer Berger, Five Acres’ chief advancement officer. “More than 100,000 children and families have been served throughout our numerous programs and services, leaving a legacy we are proud of.”
Longtime supporters Nicole Rasic and Trish Gonzales will once again co-chair Five Acres’ annual gala. Rasic and Gonzales met years ago through a mutual friend. Rasic invited Gonzales to be her guest at Five Acres’ gala and the rest is history.
Sponsor or underwriter opportunities for this birthday bash are available. The agency encourages individuals, companies and organizations to sign up early to secure their place at the party of the year. For more event information and updates, visit 5acres.org. For sponsorship opportunities, call Brandon Ito, associate director of development, at (626) 390-8453 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Individual tickets will go on sale in March.