The Stars Shone Brightly at Five Acres’ Starry Starry Night

Published on May 16, 2022

It was truly a Starry Starry Night at Five Acres, an Altadena-based children’s foster care agency, hosted over 270 child welfare advocates and supporters at their Annual Gala on Saturday, May 14. Held at the private estate of Joe Fehrenbacher in Pasadena, the event raised funds to support the more than 7,000 children and families it serves annually.

“Inspired by children’s wishes to be with loved ones, whether it’s a sibling or parents, this night of gourmet food, cocktails, music and dancing reflected the charity’s love and support for the over 30,000 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 by Past Action Heroes, a sought after 80s and 90s cover band.

Working tirelessly to create a multi-faceted experience for its guests, the gala sponsorship committee secured amazing live auction vacation destinations and silent auction items. These items included Cabo San Lucas for one week with airfare to explore the exciting water-based activities and hopping nightlife; Vail Condominium, your gateway to winter sports; an adventure trip to Bigfork Montana at a four-bedroom home to relish the breathtaking wide-open skies. Bidding was brisk and spirited and raised an amazing amount of funds for Five Acres and its programs.

Leading the gala sponsorship committee were Co-Chairs Trish Gonzales and Nicole Rasic, and committee members Jennifer Berger, Angelique Blancas, Mimi Carter, Chelby Crawford, Michele Doll, Bernie Fabig, Beth Hansen, Kirsten Hansen, Brandon Ito, Dawn Kim, Celeste Liversidge, Sue McGuirl, Matt McIntyre, Mariann Nolan, Kris Ordaz, Marisol Barrios Perez, Shoshana Puccia, Chris Selak, and Erica Tejeda.

About Five Acres

Since 1888, Five Acres has protected the most vulnerable members of our community: children. Serving more than 7,000 children and family members annually across five 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.


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