Families Forward Learning Center celebrated their annual Soirée on March 25, 2023 at Altadena Town & Country Club. The evening celebrated Families Forward’s mission of providing free education and social services to low-income families with children from birth to five years old.
Board President Julie Ward reminded the gathering that children are like sponges and that ages zero to five are crucial in their development, pointing out that is exactly the age group that Families Forward serves. She emphasized the importance of the two generation learning philosophy which underpins Family Forward’s services and programs to children and their parents.
Rep. Judy Chu and Abel Ramirez were honored for their continued support and commitment to Families Forward Learning Center. Mayor Victor Gordo and Dominick Correy with Senator Portantino’s office gave their congratulations to the honorees.
“This year’s Soirée was special, in addition to honoring Representative Chu and Mr. Ramirez, we celebrated all our amazing donors and volunteers whose hard work and generosity has helped us empower underserved families for more than 60 years,” said Elva Sandoval, executive director.
Guests enjoyed a reception with a silent auction along with a live auction during dinner. Families Forward Learning Center raised over $130,000 to benefit children and families.
Serving Pasadena since 1961, Families Forward Learning Center services are based on a two-generation learning model that empowers both parents and children to gain knowledge and skills that improve outcomes for the entire family. FFLC ensures that children are safe, healthy and developmentally on-track, while enhancing parents’ skills, literacy and self-sufficiency so they can be active participants and advocates for their children’s education and their families. Families Forward Learning Center is located at 980 N. Fair Oaks Avenue in Pasadena.