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A Night to Remember to Help Transition-age Youth in Los Angeles County

Published on Feb 15, 2020
Debra Manners and Rita Henderson with guests (photos from previous year’s event)

Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services 11th Annual Celebrating Children Spring Gala fundraiser is returning to the magnificent Vibiana, located in the historic core of Downtown Los Angeles, for the second year in a row. In addition to raising funds to help prevent homelessness for transition-age youth in Los Angeles County, guests at the March 28th event will sip cocktails in Vibiana’s charming Garden Courtyard before enjoying dinner in the Main Hall followed by a special musical performance by Davis Gaines, Broadway actor and Los Angeles’ longest-running Phantom of the Opera. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and concludes at 10:30 p.m. and will truly be a night to remember!

The centerpiece of Celebrating Children is the presentation of the Hathaway-Sycamores’ Celebrating Children Award. The 2020 Celebrating Children honoree is Elizabeth Hoxworth in recognition of her tireless dedication, leadership and commitment to improving the lives of children, families and adults in the Los Angeles community. More than 3,540 transition-age youth in Los Angeles County call the streets their home – every night, all year long. Funds raised from this event will provide homes and hope for hundreds of young adults.

Elizabeth Hoxworth with guests (photos from previous year’s event)

The Celebrating Children Spring Gala committee is co-chaired by Pasadena residents Rita Henderson and Karen Palmersheim. Formerly the Community Affairs Manager for Nestlé USA, Rita Henderson is a longtime Hathaway-Sycamores donor and supporter. Karen Palmersheim is the Senior Counsel for Cigna Legal and serves on the Hathaway-Sycamores Board of Directors.

To purchase Celebrating Children tickets, or to be an event sponsor, visit or contact Megan Aubrey at (626) 864-4404 or e-mail

Karen Palmersheim and Kyle Kveton (photo from previous year’s event)

About Hathaway-Sycamores

Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services is a highly respected mental health and welfare agency with 10 locations throughout Southern California. For over 117 years, Hathaway-Sycamores has been investing in people. We provide innovative and effective programs and services through a network of locations stretching across Los Angeles and the San Fernando, San Gabriel, and Antelope Valleys for children, youth, young adults, and families facing serious life challenges. Our highly effective behavioral health services impact more than 14,000 lives annually. Services include: residential treatment; transitional shelter care; foster care and adoption; transitional living assistance for young adults currently or at risk of experiencing homelessness; outpatient and school-based mental health services; wraparound/in-home services; psychiatric services; psychological testing; educational support services; and after-school tutoring/enrichment. Hathaway-Sycamores is licensed by the Community Care Licensing Division of the California Department of Social Services, certified by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, LAHSA funded and accredited through The Joint Commission. To learn more, visit

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