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Five Acres Gala Set for May 14

Five Acres, an Altadena-based children’s foster care agency, will host child welfare advocates and the organization’s supporters at the Starry Starry Night: Five Acres’ annual gala on Saturday, May 14. Held at the private estate of Joe Fehrenbacher in Pasadena, the event will raise funds to support the more than 7,000 children and families the agency serves annually. “Inspired by children’s wishes to be with loved ones, whether it’s a sibling or parents, this night of gourmet food, cocktails, music and dancing will reflect the charity’s love and support for the over 30,000 children living in foster care within our cities, needing permanent family solutions,” said Jennifer Berger, Five Acres’ chief advancement officer, adding that guests will be treated to live entertainment by Past Action Heroes, a sought-after ‘80s and ‘90s cover band.
Working to create a multi-faceted experience for its guests, the gala sponsorship committee has secured live auction vacation destinations and silent auction items. The vacations include Cabo San Lucas for one week with airfare to explore the exciting water-based activities and hopping nightlife; Vail Condominium, known for winter sports; an adventure trip to Bigfork, Montana, at a four-bedroom home.
Leading the gala sponsorship committee are co-chairs Trish Gonzales and Nicole Rasic, and committee members Jennifer Berger, Angelique Blancas, Mimi Carter, Chelby Crawford, Michele Doll, Bernie Fabig, Beth Hansen, Kirsten Hansen, Brandon Ito, Dawn Kim, Celeste Liversidge, Sue McGuirl, Matt McIntyre, Mariann Nolan, Kris Ordaz, Marisol Barrios Perez, Shoshana Puccia, Chris Selak, and Erica Tejeda.
Generous supporters and underwriters have stepped up to ensure that Five Acres fulfills its commitment that every child belongs in a loving and permanent family: Stephen and Chantal Bennett and Dr. Annette Ermshar & Associates, Specialized Psychological Services; Kirsten L. Hansen; Richard A. McDonald, Esq.; Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.; Carol Alexis Chen and Winston & Strawn LLP; James Avedikian; East West Bank; L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger; Deka Law Group; Hahn & Hahn; Celeste and Samuel Liversidge; Sue McGuirl and Bob Musselman; Mariann and Tom Nolan; John Palacio & Nicole Rasic; Tucker Ellis LLP; and Union Bank; Pink Star: Mimi and Paul Carter; Gamble Jones Investment Group; Trish and Mike Gonzales; David and Laura Quigg; Grace and Kenneth Russak; and Chris and Steve Selak; and White Star: Harrington Group; Johnny Was; Debi and Scott Kroman; Longo Toyota-Longo Lexus; Matt McIntyre and Garrett Collins; Jacob and Genevieve Fakoory; and Julie Rosenthal.
The event underwriters are Helen and Will Webster for Dining Under the Stars; Beth Fishbein Hansen for Green Lawn Reception; Anita Yagjian for Champagne at the Pool; Harrington Group, Carolyn G. Adams, and Avon Studio Transportation for Children’s Canopy of Wishes; Michele Boghossian for Dazzling Desserts; Marisol Barrios Perez, Mission Driven PR, and Zeenat Thiara for Star Goblets; and Bob Smith Toyota | Mike and Peter Smith for Twinkle Bars.
Tickets are available for $300 each or an early bird special for a table of 10 is $2,750 before April 25. To purchase gala tickets, visit or contact Five Acres at (626) 773-3776. Five Acres will follow all public health guidelines associated with operating an outdoor fundraising gala event.

  • Sponsoring Organization: Five Acres
  • Location or Venue: private estate of Joe Fehrenbacher

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