Soiree Under the Stars Gala at the Gamble House Raises Funds for Children and Families in Crisis

Sue McGuirl and Bob MusselmanEfren Cornejo and Nick CacarnakisDon Boline and Claud BeltranSandy Walia, David DiCristofaro and Janice Cline John and Jennifer BergerMaria Velasquez and Ryan DietzKeri and Andrew CrowellEmily and Scott StreetMatthew Lillard and Carla GuginoChanel and Iokim BoutakidisDonald and Maria SchweitzerSoiree Under the Stars Gala Held at The Gamble House in Pasadena Raises Funds for Children and Families in Crisis

From STAFF REPORTS

12:09 pm | June 14, 2016


Five Acres, a 128 year old child and family services organization based in Altadena California, hosted its annual gala at the historic Gamble House with more than 250 of Pasadena’s leading community members, politicians, supporters, and volunteers on Saturday, June 4, 2016. Gala co-chairs Chris Selak of Lionsgate Entertainment and Sandy Walia of Wells Fargo, along with a dozen dedicated gala sponsorship committee members planned an unforgettable evening to raise funds for Five Acres programs and services. The gala had an exceptional year, bringing in generous donations from live and silent auctions, tickets sales and sponsorships.

Chief Advancement Officer Jennifer Berger shares, “This year’s gala was a success largely because of our incredibly supportive donors and volunteers including our amazing gala sponsorship committee. The funds we raised will help to positively change the lives of many children and families in our community and for that I could not be more proud to be a part of the Five Acres family”

The evening, inspired by the historic setting, began with an Edwardian themed cocktail garden party featuring hors d’oeuvres by local chef extraordinaire, Claude & Co Catering, and complemented by a silent auction including items from Disney, Warner Bros, Sony Pictures, Universal Studios, local high end restaurants, luxury retailers and a highly anticipated live auction including a trip for two to New York City to visit the set of “Orange is the New Black,” a chance to attend this year’s, “ESPYS” and a stunning Porsche Design Dashboard P’6612 Timepiece. Bling ring? Guests looking fabulous?

Celebrity emcees, actors Carla Gugino (Roadies, San Andreas, Entourage) and Matthew Lillard (Scream, The Descendants, Scooby Do 1 & 2.) kept the guests entertained and helped to maintained the positive vibe all evening. A gorgeous 1934 Packard was parked out front of The Gamble House for photo “opps,” The Happiness Band played big band and jazz favorites and the night was capped with a lively dance routine performed by dancers as seen on “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Founded in 1888, Five Acres mission is to promote safety, well-being and permanency for children and their families by building on their strengths and empowering them within communities. The funds raised from the event support the more than 8, 500 children and families served by the nonprofit organization. More at 5acres.org.