Pasadena Residents Raise Money for At-Risk Youth at 2017 Mentor Awards Gala

Advisory Board Member Jennifer Parker-Stanton - PasadenaAdvisory Board Members Jim Gruettner (Pasadena) &  Cindy Osbrink (Santa Monica)Optimist Professionals Co-Chair Jeff Salcido and Jan Marie Salcido - PasadenaRebekah Jack, Ryan Parker and Harold Parker - Pasadena


6:43 pm | October 30, 2017

More than $158,000 was raised by Pasadena residents for treatment and education programs for at-risk youth served by Optimist Youth Homes & Family services during the 2017 Mentor Awards Gala held last October 18 at South Park Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Also honored during the gala were Mentor Award recipient Stuart Kaiser, active with the Pacific Palisades Optimist Club and the Optimist Foundation, and Humanitarian Award recipient, The Gary Troy Foundation, for its deep commitment to the nonprofit’s mission to treat and educate at-risk youth.

Bishop Craig Worsham, a former resident of Optimist Youth Homes who recently founded community-based ministry Agape Church of Los Angeles, was the guest speaker.

Hosted by HLN’s Michaela Pereira, over 250 guests celebrated Kaiser and the Gary Troy Foundation at the dinner and auction.

The gala’s highlights featured gourmet food and refreshment stations from Bacari GDL, Crossings, Food Solutions, Jacks & Joe, Lincoln, The Flats, The Raymond 1886, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Pence Vineyards and Winery, Tanner DaFoe Winery and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Live, and silent auctions and entertainment rounded out an evening to remember.

OYHFS was founded in 1906 and is one of the region’s largest education and treatment centers for juvenile offenders and at-risk children.

OYHFS operates residential care facilities for 160 boys and girls, a charter school, multifaceted mental health programs for community youth and adults, aftercare services and a foster care and adoption agency.

For more information about Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services, please call (323) 443-3023, or email