Sycamores’ Spring Event ‘Lights Up the Night’ for a Good Cause

Photos by Paul Takizawa
Published on May 8, 2023

Sycamores, a leading nonprofit organization that provides behavioral health services to children, young adults, and families in Southern California, recently hosted its much-anticipated Spring Event, Light Up the Night. The outdoor event, held on May 6th, brought together supporters, donors, and members of the community for an unforgettable evening filled with good food, music, auctions, and a stunning art installation celebrating Sycamores’ 120th anniversary.

Guests at the event were treated to a sumptuous dinner, catered by Claud Beltran & Company, while enjoying a special live performance by GRAMMY & TONY nominee, Shoshana Bean. Known for her roles as Elphaba in Broadway’s Wicked, Jenna in Waitress, and Billy Crystal’s daughter ‘Susan’ in Mr. Saturday Night, Shoshana’s powerful voice captivated the audience.

The event was not just about entertainment, though. It was also an opportunity to raise funds for Sycamores’ many behavioral health programs, including the Short Term Residential Treatment Program for boys in foster care who are separated from their families and experiencing mental health challenges. The funds raised will go a long way in supporting Sycamores’ efforts to create a better life for vulnerable children, young adults, and families in the community.

The Light Up the Night committee, co-chaired by Pasadena residents Rita Henderson and Jan Emamian, did an outstanding job in organizing the event. Rita Henderson, formerly the Community Affairs Manager for Nestlé USA, has been a longtime supporter and donor of Sycamores. Jan Emamian, who leads the Pasadena-based Emamian Team and serves on the Sycamores Board of Directors, brought her expertise and passion for the cause to the committee.

As Sycamores President and CEO Debra Manners noted, the event was not just about raising funds but also about shining a light on the mental health issues that many individuals struggle with. Guests at the event had the opportunity to hear stories from those who have received services from Sycamores and are hopeful about their futures.

The Spring Event, Light Up the Night, brought together the community to celebrate and support a worthy cause, while at the same time creating awareness about the importance of mental health services. For more information on Sycamores visit

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