Professional Child Development Associates to Host 11th Annual Harvest Moon Gala, Will Honor Darryl Dunn

Pasadena-based charity serving children with developmental disabilities will honor Rose Bowl Stadium CEO & General Manager Darryl Dunn with Community Service Award.

Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | 3:23 PM


Professional Child Development Associates (PCDA) will host its annual Harvest Moon Gala & Art Auction on Sunday, November 10, 2019, to raise funds for its innovative, multidisciplinary therapeutic services for children and families affected by autism and other developmental disabilities.


The black-tie-optional event will be held at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club, which features panoramic views of the L.A. skyline and much of the San Gabriel Valley. The venue’s 1960s architecture will help inform the gala’s theme.


The event has a distinguished roster of honorees. The recipient of PCDA’s annual Community Service Award is Darryl Dunn, CEO and General Manager of the Rose Bowl Stadium and an individual well-known in the community for his civic engagement and charitable works. In addition to overseeing all aspects of the Rose Bowl facility and serving as the primary representative for the City of Pasadena to the American Golf Corporation, Dunn has spearheaded the creation of two nonprofit organizations, Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation and First Tee of Pasadena, which have provided support for both the Rose Bowl Stadium and the Brookside Golf Course.


PCDA founders Diane Cullinane, MD, and Mimi Winer, RN, MS, will receive the Greenspan Humanitarian Award, presented each year to professionals who have made a significant impact supporting children with autism using DIR®, the therapeutic approach developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan that is employed in all programs at PCDA.


Accepting this year’s Achievement Award is Amanda Arellano, a confident, enthusiastic teen who is a longtime member of the PCDA family. Since beginning her PCDA care journey in 2008, Amanda has participated in a variety of programs, including the Young Actors Squad, the NoteAbles choir, and the Teen Club/Teen Buddies program.


Gala chair Anne Perry is joined by committee members Laura Bushley, Miranda Hayes, Hubert Ho, Edward Lee, Barbara Sinclair, and Andrea Valdez. Proceeds from this one-of-a-kind evening will benefit PCDA.


Individual tickets to The Harvest Moon Gala are $250, with a range of sponsorship levels beginning at $2,500. For more information, visit Tickets go on sale August 1, 2019, and sponsorship packages and program ads are available for purchase now.


To learn more about PCDA, visit


Since 1996, Professional Child Development Associates has worked to improve the lives of children and families affected by autism and other developmental challenges using the play- and relationship-based therapeutic model known as DIR®. A nonprofit multidisciplinary clinic, PCDA currently serves more than 1,000 children and their families from the greater Los Angeles area every year, with a collaborative approach that includes specialists from the fields of developmental pediatrics, child and family counseling, occupational and physical therapy, feeding therapy and nutrition, speech and language pathology, music therapy, and art therapy. PCDA’s innovative services also include social and life-skills programs serving young people from early childhood through young adulthood.