Panda express giveback with five acres

Bring your coworkers, friends and family to Panda Express at Lincoln and Woodbury in Altadena on July 11, 2018 to support Five Acres! 20% of your purchase will go directly back to Five Acres in support of our programs for foster youth and at-risk families in L.A. Important: Must show below flyer to have your purchase count towards their donation!

Date: July 11, 2018
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Location: Panda Express, 2234 Lincoln Avenue, Altadena, CA 91001

 

Prefer to order online? Use the promo code 250791 and 20% of your online order will be donated to Five Acres!
Five Acres Gala Chanel Boutakidis, George Gray, Nick Di Nieri, Kirsten Hansen, Matt McIntyre

Five Acres Gala Chanel Boutakidis, George Gray, Nick Di Nieri, Kirsten Hansen, Matt McIntyre

Five Acres CEO Chanel Boutakidis with the Diamonds & Roses Gala emcee George Gray, auctioneer Nick Di Nieri and gala co-chairs Kirsten Hansen and Matt McIntyre. — Photo courtesy Melissa Kobe

[Altadena, California] June 18, 2018 – More than 300 guests gathered at the private home of Tom and Mariann Nolan in support of at-risk families and foster youth at Five Acres’ Diamonds & Roses Gala. The event coincided with the nonprofit’s 130th anniversary and featured George Gray of the Price is Right as emcee, Nick Di Nieri as auctioneer and a special 80’s-themed after-party performance by Past Action Heroes. Proceeds from the evening will support critical mental and behavioral health programs for families in crisis and foster care/adoption for children in need of permanent families.

In celebration of 130 years of service, Five Acres commissioned a short film from filmmaker brothers Matt and Nathan Fackrell. The video spotlighted Five Acres’ clients and staff, some of whom lived at Five Acres as foster youth themselves and returned to help children like them. The film preceded a final call where thousands of dollars in donations were doubled by a surprise matching gift by an anonymous donor.

The event was made possible by multiple volunteers, underwriters and sponsors, including an anonymous Diamond sponsor; Wells Fargo as Rose sponsor; East West Bank as Tech sponsor; and Rusnak Auto Group, Trader Joe’s and the Strafaces, Hoefts and Bennett families as Silver Star sponsors. Pasadena Now and Outlook Newspapers served as the night’s exclusive digital and print sponsors, respectively.

Five Acres’ special 130th anniversary short film is currently available at YouTube.com/FiveAcresChannel. To learn more about their work in the community, please visit 5acres.org.

Five Acres Main Campus Altadena

Five Acres Main Campus Altadena

 

[Altadena, California] May 15, 2018 – Child and family services nonprofit Five Acres has received a game-changing gift in the form of $1 million in unrestricted dollars from the Margie and Robert E. Petersen Foundation.

The foundation also made a $123,600 grant in 2016 to support Five Acres’ transportation program for abused and neglected children in residential treatment. This new gift will substantially impact the nonprofit’s strategic goal of increasing financial vitality by 20% by the year 2020.

“With Five Acres in its 130th year of service, we’re looking ahead to how we can ease LA’s growing foster care crisis by broadening preventative programs for families and sourcing more parents for children in need of loving foster and foster-adoptive homes,” said Five Acres CEO Chanel Boutakidis. “This incredible gift from the Petersen Foundation will strengthen existing services and lay the groundwork for new and better ways for us to keep families together.”

In recent years, Five Acres has expanded its behavioral health services across multiple counties in Southern California by partnering with private health care organizations. Their community-based specialty services division was also launched to provide focused mental health services to the deaf community, foster families, survivors of domestic abuse, families of children with severe behavioral challenges and more.

“Five Acres has proven its ability to effectively steward gifts both large and small, even during periods of financial or legislative change” said Kelley Bannon Lashley, Five Acres’ Vice Chair of Advancement. “I’m excited to see the transformative work they achieve with kids and families due to this gift.”

Photo caption: The Margie and Robert E. Petersen Foundation has awarded $1 million in unrestricted dollars to Five Acres, an Los Angeles-based child and family services nonprofit focusing on community-based mental health care, foster care and adoption.

 About Five Acres

Five Acres is a child and family service agency ensuring every child has a safe, healthy and permanent family solution through advocacy, prevention and evidence-based services. Established as an orphanage in 1888, today Five Acres offers programs spanning a full continuum of care including community-based counseling and support services, intensive residential care, a therapeutic school for special needs students and foster care and adoption services. Currently, Five Acres serves approximately 8,700 children and their families across five counties. Visit 5acres.org for more information.

 

Matthew Lillard and Chanel Boutakidis Five Acres 5JammaSlamma

Matthew Lillard and Chanel Boutakidis Five Acres 5JammaSlamma

Matt Lillard, creator of 5JammaSlamma, with Five Acres CEO Chanel Boutakidis – Photo courtesy Lisa Weingarten


[Altadena, California] May 2, 2018
– 5JammaSlamma, the foster youth slam poetry workshop hosted by actor Matt Lillard (Scooby Doo, Good Girls) enjoyed its best turnout to date at its second annual celebration last month. Accompanied by Hawaii’s poet laureate Kealoha and other notable artists, foster youth from Five Acres performed original works of poetry before 150 guests at Werkartz in downtown Los Angeles.

5JammaSlamma began in 2017 as Lillard’s week-long workshop to teach foster youth the power of creative writing, bringing in poets and musicians to work with the children. With the support of Engaging the Senses and Say Word, the workshop expanded to a six-month program and will continue serve children living in residential foster care at Five Acres, one of LA’s oldest child and family services nonprofits.

Matthew Lillard with Five Acres Foster Youth

Several foster youth from Five Acres performed original poetry at Lillard’s 5JammaSlamma celebration. – Photo courtesy Lisa Weingarten

“5JammaSlamma asks for no money from the friends who attend,” said Lillard about the celebration. “We only ask that we as a community stand as witness to the beauty our young poets find in themselves.”

With LA’s foster care crisis continuing to grow, 5JammaSlamma exemplifies the level of supportive advocacy needed to help foster youth thrive.

“Five Acres’ mission is permanency for every child, whether that be through preventing kids from entering foster care, reunification with a biological family or through foster-adoption,” said Five Acres CEO Chanel Boutakidis. “5JammaSlamma provides a necessary life-enriching experience to children who are navigating very adult challenges, and we’re so thankful to Matt, Engaging the Senses and Say Word for giving them the opportunity share their stories.”

To learn more about future events supporting foster youth, please contact Five Acres at events@5acres.org.

About Five Acres
Five Acres is a child and family service agency ensuring every child has a safe, healthy and permanent family solution through advocacy, prevention and evidence-based services. Established as an orphanage in 1888, today Five Acres offers programs spanning a full continuum of care including community-based counseling and support services, intensive residential care, a therapeutic school for special needs students and foster care and adoption services. Currently, Five Acres serves approximately 8,700 children and their families across five counties. Visit 5acres.org for more information.

About Matt Lillard
Matthew Lillard, a veteran of both stage and screen, is well known for his performances in over 50 films and television shows over the last 20 years. With titles like Scream, The Descendants and Scooby Doo 1 & 2, Lillard is associated with a number of Hollywood Box Office hits totaling over $800 million dollars in revenue worldwide. He received critical success with independent titles SLC Punk! and Ed Burn’s The Groomsmen, debuted three films at the acclaimed Sundance Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the 2012 South by Southwest Film Festival with his directorial debut Fat Kid Rules the World.
A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles and New York’s prestigious Circle in the Square, the award-winning actor has been an Artistic Director of theatre companies in both Los Angeles and New York City, directing 6 plays in 2015 including the European premieres of Neil LaBute’s Filthy Talk for Interesting Times and Stephen Belber’s Fault Lines. Recently appearing in a pivotal role in the reboot of Twin Peaks, Lillard currently stars in NBC’s Good Girls.

Diamonds & Roses Gala: Five Acres' 130th Birthday Bash Sponsorship Committee

 

Diamonds & Roses Gala: Five Acres' 130th Birthday Bash Sponsorship Committee

Sponsorship Committee for Diamonds & Roses Gala: Five Acres’ 130th Birthday Bash: Shoshanna Puccia, Millie Khoe, Shannon Miller, Amanda Ma, Nicole Rasic, Matt McIntyre, Kirsten Hansen, Jennifer Berger, Don Boline, Katie McDonald, Renée Chang, Kris Ordaz and Mariann Nolan.

 

[Altadena, California] May 2, 2018  – Tickets are available for the Diamonds & Roses Gala: Five Acres’ 130th Birthday Bash on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the home of Mariann and Tom Nolan in La Cañada Flintridge. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, gourmet meal with wine, live and silent auction, wine and “bling” opportunities, plus a special after-party performance by ‘80s tribute band Past Action Heroes. Proceeds from the evening will support critical mental and behavioral health programs for families in crisis as well as foster care and adoption for children in need of permanent families.

The event marks Five Acres’ landmark anniversary of 130 years of uninterrupted service to kids and families in Southern California. The Diamonds & Roses Gala sponsorship committee is led by Kirsten Hansen and Matt McIntyre, co-chairs; Tami Gittleman, theme chair; Natalie Bazarevitsch and Don Boline, opportunity co-chairs; and Shoshana Puccia and Kris Ordaz, auction co-chairs.

Guests of the birthday bash will have a chance to win big on unique auction experiences, including seven nights in a private Paris apartment and four suite tickets and VIP parking to see Shania Twain at the Staples Center. A special opportunity drawing will declare several victors the recipient of an exclusive wine and spirits collection, a multi-colored sapphire and ruby necklace from Eric Ruyak, Hespera Designs as well as a Tiffany & Co® diamond necklace generously donated by Pasadena native Sheila Grether-Marion.

George Gray Five Acres Emcee Diamonds & Roses Gala

Television personality George Gray, host of “The Price is Right” to emcee the gala

Television personality George Gray will emcee the gala, bringing his rich entertainment experience to what promises to be a lively affair. Gray has hosted “The Price is Right” since 2011 and is well-known for hosting “The Weakest Link” and “Junkyard Wars,” for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.

Sponsors for Diamonds & Roses Gala: Five Acres 130th Birthday Bash include Outlook Newspapers and Pasadena Now as print and digital media sponsors, respectively; an anonymous Diamond Sponsor; Wells Fargo as Rose Sponsor; Rusnak Auto Group and the Strafaces, Hoefts and Bennetts as Silver Star Sponsors; and East West Bank as Tech Sponsor.

Individual tickets, sponsorships and underwriting opportunities for the gala are available now. To attend or support the event, please visit 5acres.org/gala or contact Five Acres at events@5acres.org | 626-773-3776

About Five Acres

Five Acres is a child and family service agency ensuring every child has a safe, healthy and permanent family solution through advocacy, prevention and evidence-based services. Established as an orphanage in 1888, today Five Acres offers programs spanning a full continuum of care including community-based counseling and support services, intensive residential care, a therapeutic school for special needs students and foster care and adoption services. Currently, Five Acres serves approximately 8,700 children and their families across five counties. Visit 5acres.org for more information.

 

Five Acres respectfully acknowledges the passing of Marjorie “Marge” K. Wyatt this April 2018. Marjorie was a former Five Acres Grace Center committee member, ambassador and board chair.  In 1990, she received our Dorothy Cook Lifetime Achievement Award—Five Acres’ highest honor—for her incredible work promoting children and families. She was a very special friend of Five Acres and to each who knew her.

To make a tribute gift in memory of Marge, please click below.

marjorie wyatt memorial fund

In Loving Memory of Marjorie “Marge” K. Wyatt: Five Acres Champion

Marjorie Wyatt Memorial Fund
Matt Lillard
Matt Lillard

Actor Matt Lillard, in partnership with Five Acres, Engaging the Senses and Say Word, will present his 2nd 5JammaSlamma poetry event featuring performances by Five Acres’ foster youth on April 21, 2018 at Werkartz in LA.

[Altadena, California] April 2, 2018 – Actor and child welfare advocate Matt Lillard (Twin Peaks, Good Girls, Scooby Doo) will present his second annual 5JammaSlamma spoken word event on April 21, 2018 at Werkartz in Los Angeles. In partnership with Five Acres, Engaging the Senses Foundation and Say Word, the night will celebrate a months-long artistic workshop with live performances from several foster youth in residence at Five Acres.

Launched as a pilot program at Five Acres in 2017, 5JammaSlamma manifested as Lillard’s vision to introduce the power of poetry to children living in foster care. That week-long program connected Five Acres’ foster youth with renowned recording artists, beatboxers and slam poets. This year, the program has expanded to six months, including a final workshop and performance co-led by Hawaii’s first official Poet Laureate, Kealoha.

“What started off as Engaging the Senses’ offer to pay for our 5JammaSlamma party has now turned into a year-round commitment to fund the teaching of poetry to the kids living on campus at Five Acres,” said Lillard. “It’s a brilliant gift that will continue to harvest beauty from the darkness, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.”

This year’s 5JammaSlamma event is invite-only and is a “friendraiser” event for Five Acres, asking for advocacy for foster youth rather than funds from its attendees.

“In many ways, children living in foster care suffer from lack of visibility in our community. They’re growing up without permanent families or access to the kind of life skills and enriching experiences that a typical child may have,” said Chanel Boutakidis, Five Acres CEO. “5JammaSlamma not only provides this kind of experience but gives our community a chance to tell others about their situation and get involved as supporters.”

In addition to Kealoha, poets Sekou Andrews, Steve Connell, Kat Magill, beatboxer Joshua Silverstein and musician/vocalist Cary Brothers will join 5JammaSlamma to perform alongside the young poets. To learn more about the event, please contact Five Acres at events@5acres.org.

Five Acres Altadena campus
Five Acres Altadena campus

Five Acres’ new fundraising campaign will help fund critical programs for foster youth and install 200 inscribed tiles to create the “McCreight Foundation Pathway to Permanency Wall” at their Altadena campus.

Picture of Ryan Dietz Five Acres Board Member

Ryan Dietz, past Five Acres board chair and founding member of the Five Acres Permanency Tile Campaign.

[Los Angeles, California] March 28, 2018 – Five Acres has launched a fundraising campaign as part of a four-year strategic plan to connect Los Angeles’ 20,000 foster youth with permanent families by the year 2020. Entitled “Pathway to Permanency,” the campaign will help fund Five Acres’ permanency efforts and will be represented with 200 inscribed wall tiles installed at the nonprofit’s main campus in Altadena.

The tile campaign comes at a time when the foster care crisis in Los Angeles is reaching its tipping point, with more children entering the foster system than there are families to take them in.

“I am delighted to support the permanency tile campaign as a founding member because creating safe, loving and permanent homes for children continues to be Five Acres’ priority,” said Ryan Dietz, former Five Acres board chair. “There is an overwhelming need for foster families in Los Angeles County and these donations are vital to helping Five Acres achieve their ‘20,000 by 2020’ goal. I encourage others to join me as a supporter of the tile campaign to show their commitment to the children of our community and to be a champion for permanent families.”

To inspire others to participate, The McCreight Foundation has gifted $100,000 towards the tile campaign as a matching incentive. The installation will be named the “McCreight Foundation Pathway to Permanency Wall” in recognition of their generous donation.

Five Acres has set an initial goal of securing 130 tiles by July 21, 2018 to celebrate their 130th year of service. The remaining 70 tiles are slated to be installed with the culmination of their current strategic plan in 2020. To learn more about how to support the campaign, contact Katie McDonald at kmcdonald@5acres.org | 626-773-3750 or visit 5acres.org/permanency-tile-campaign.