Five Acres announces “Voices for Five Acres” Gala on June 6, 2015

WHAT:          Voices for Five Acres gala is scheduled to take place on the evening of Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the Westin, in Pasadena. The event will feature a very special program honoring the various “voices” of Five Acres including donors, celebrity supporters, clients and staff, each viewed as a unique “voice” for all the children and families served each year.  During the evening guests will be treated to the unveiling of a new agency video, entitled, “Fostering Heroes.”


WHO:             Emmy-award winning KTLA morning news anchor Wendy Burch will be back to emcee for a 3rd year with actor, director, producer, Matthew Lillard.


VIP and celebrity guests expected to include:

Actor, Sam Jaeger (Parenthood) and his wife Amber

Actor, Danny Pudi (Community) and his wife Bridgete

Writer, producer and director Matt Nix and his wife Melinda Stahl

Chantal and Steve Bennett

David DiCristofaro, President Greater LA Region, Wells Fargo Bank


Sponsors and Underwriters include:

Sponsors, Chantal and Stephen Bennett, Wells Fargo Bank, Keri and Andrew Crowell, Michele and John Hall, Amber and Sam Jaeger, Sue McGuirl and Bob Musselman, Charlotte and John Reith, Calleton, Merritt, De Francisco & Bannon, LLP, Hahn & Hahn, LLP
Susan and Bradley Mohr, Mariann and Tom Nolan, Karen Ryan, Catherine Simms, BNY Mellon, California Bank & Trust, Dr. Ted Cosse and Ms. Pamela Cosse, Christine Davis, Olatunji Giwa and Michele Dooley, Harrington Group, Tiffany and Thomas Harris, Debi and Scott Kroman, Greta and Peter Mandell, Morris & Berger, Julie Rosenthal, Chris and Steve Selak, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, Maria Low Way, Kathleen and William Wishner, Anita Yagjian

Underwriters, Ben Taylor – Printing, Makena Productions – Video, Christian Printing Service – Invitation Printing, Direct Connection – Invitation Mailing, LATHER – Valet Parking, Carmen Benitez – Signature Cocktail, Capture POD Professional Photo Booths – Photo Booth, m.kobe photography – Photography, Nancy and Hugh Helm – Dessert, Nakano Nursery – Dessert, Le Grand Courtage – Champagne, Jennifer and John Berger – Wine, Chanel and Ioakim Boutakidis – Wine, Tom Murray / Morgan Stanley – Wine, Longo Toyota-Scion-Lexus – Auction, LATHER – In-kind donor, The Teacup Bakery – In-kind donor


Gala Committee Members include:

Gala Sponsorship Chair, Sue McGuirl, Stephen Bennett, Jennifer Berger, Michele Dooley, Michele Hall, Tiffany Harris, Rebecca Haussling, Debi Kroman, Kelley Lashley, Heather Lillard, Amanda Ma, Tawnia McKiernan, Tim McKiernan, Mimi Melgaard, Ann Moore, Paola Mork, Robbin Nordsten, Christine Selak, Emily Street, Sheridan Thayer and Maria Velasquez.


WHEN:          Cocktail reception and silent auction will kick off at 6:00pm and gourmet dinner, live auction set for 7:30pm and dancing with DJ Amara spinning groovy summer tunes, late into the night.


Notable live auction items include a week with a classic car, date night for a year, a wine-lovers’ trip around San Francisco and Sonoma on a luxury sailboat and a private party sponsored by Converse, designing your own custom sneakers.


*media are invited to attend the cocktail reception and photograph celebrities and guests *


WHERE:        The Westin, 191 North Los Robles Ave in Pasadena.


TICKETS:     To purchase Voices for Five Acres gala tickets please visit  or contact Lara Colvin at / 626.773.3776. Individual tickets are $250.00 per person.