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Tickets Available for Five Acres Annual Gala on May 2

Published on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 1:02 pm
Top Row from Left to Right: Natalie Bazarevitsch, Don Boline, Erin Sloan, John Vidalakis (Home Host), Nicole Rasic, Matt McIntyre, Jennifer Berger; Middle Row: Sheila Rossi, Trish Gonazales, Kirsten Hansen; Front Row: Shoshana Puccia, Mimi Carter, Kris Ordaz, Brandon Ito. Photo credit: Courtesy of Five Acres


Five Acres, a foster/adoption, residential and community-based mental/behavioral health charity, is hosting child welfare advocates and its supporters at Sunsets in Santorini: Five Acres’ Annual Gala on Saturday, May 2. Held in the spectacular Mediterranean home of Diane and John Vidalakis in Pasadena, the event will raise funds to support the more than 10,000 children and families it serves annually.


“Inspired by the beautiful blue and white of the Greek Isles, this night of gourmet food, cocktails, music and dancing will reflect the charity’s love and support for the over 20,000 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 with dancers and Past Action Heroes, an 80s and 90s cover band.


Working tirelessly to create a multi-faceted experience for its guests, the gala sponsorship committee has secured amazing live auction vacation destinations. These items include: Cabo San Lucas for one week with airfare to explore the exciting water-based activities and hopping nightlife; Casa Del Mar near Cabo to discover the natural beauty of Chileno Beach and Costa Azul Beach; Vail Condominium, your gateway to winter sports; a Newport home for a delightful staycation; an adventure trip to Mammoth, and a Montana home to relish the breathtaking wide-open skies.


Leading the gala sponsorship committee are Co-Chairs Don Boline and Mimi Carter, who have brought all-star volunteers together to support this event: Auction Co-Chairs Kathleen Green and Shoshana Puccia; Opportunity Co-Chairs Natalie Bazarevitsch, Trish Gonzales & Nicole Rasic; and additional committee members Jennifer Berger, Andie Burke, Renee Chang, Chelby Crawford, Michele Doll, Tami Gittleman, Sheila Grether-Marion, Kirsten Hansen, Brandon Ito, Dawn Kim, Kelley Bannon Lashley, Heather Lillard, Celeste Liversidge, Sue McGuirl, Matt McIntyre, Mariann Nolan, Kris Ordaz, Chris Selak, Erin Sloan, Emily Street, and Erica Tejeda.


“By supporting Five Acres’ critical programs including foster care, adoption, therapeutic residential care and mental health care for at-risk families, you can help stem the tide of children entering the foster system,” said Boline and Carter. “Your generosity will directly connect children in need with safe, permanent families of their own. Let’s transform what home looks like for kids in Southern California.”


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: Cathay Bank, Stephen and Chantal Bennett, Dr. Annette Ermshar & Associates, Specialized Psychological Services, Don and Jill Boline, Kirsten Hansen, John Palacio & Nicole Rasic, Richard A. McDonald, Esq., East West Bank, Sue McGuirl and Bob Musselman, Hahn & Hahn, Mariann and Tom Nolan, Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., MUFG Bank, Ltd., Adoption Law Group, Mimi and Paul Carter, Chris and Steve Selak, Fitness 19 – Nicole and Bob Rodger, Christine and Jay Davis, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, Paul and Linda Maurin, Huntington Culinary, Longo Toyota-Lexus, Harrington Group, Debi and Scott Kroman, Grace and Kenneth Russak, John Archibald, Natalie and Nick Bazarevitsch, Matt McIntyre and Garrett Collins, Julie Rosenthal, KLK Capital Management, Meta and Jay Berger, Rene and Charles Chiara , Anita Yagjian, m.kobe photography, Direct Connection, Miller/Coors, Trish Gonzales and Nicole Rasic.


About Five Acres


Since 1888, Five Acres has protected the most vulnerable members of our community: children. Serving more than 10,000 children and family members annually across six counties, Five Acres now strives for permanency—a permanent, loving home—for all children in their care. The three pillars of safety, well-being and permanency provide the framework for its programs and guide the steps as the agency develops even more effective means of caring for children and families in crisis.


Tickets are available for $275 each or an early bird special for a table of 10 is $2,500. To purchase gala tickets, visit or contact Five Acres at (626) 773-3776.





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