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We are thrilled to announce our 36th Annual Golf Classic and Dinner to be held on September 16, 2024 at Annadale Golf Club in Pasadena. Join us for Nashville Nights! From the Grand Ole Opry to the neon lights of downtown to the vibrant music and food scene, Nashville’s warm hospitality draws people from all walks to life to this vibrant city.

Help us raise funds to support our programs for children in the foster care system and those facing challenges at home and school. Your sponsorship, underwriting, or donation will help these children find safety, well-being, and permanency.

Please review our sponsorship and underwriting levels, including auction and in-kind donations, access fillable forms, or contribute online. For invitation recognition, kindly submit your sponsorship or underwriting contribution by July 12. 

Questions? JennyLin@5acres.org or 626.390.8453


10:00 AM Golf Registration(hole assignments provided at registration)10:30 AM Lunch Buffet Opens12 PM Shotgun(Shamble Format – Awards are given to 1st Place Gross, 1st place net, 2nd place net, 3rd place net)5 PM Cocktail Reception, Putting Contest, and View Auction and Opportunity Drawing Packages6:30 PM Dinner, Live Auction & Awards8 PM Dancing & DJ Entertainment

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ALTADENA, Calif., March 14, 2024— Celebrating a legacy of compassion and commitment, Five Acres proudly acknowledged the outstanding contributions of distinguished individuals and organizations for their unwavering dedication to improving children’s lives at its 136th Annual Meeting and Board Celebration yesterday. Hosting the celebration at the Altadena Town and Country Club, the charity also announced its new board members and executive committee members.

“Looking back on the last four years, I am immensely proud of the work we’ve done here at Five Acres with the mission of serving the children and families in Southern California being our constant divining rod and regardless of the world we live in, our mission has always been at the forefront,” said Five Acres Board Chair Susan McGuirl, who welcomed guests. McGuirl reminisced on the impact the charity has made in her tenure as board chair, from pivoting to providing telehealth services quickly in 2020, to navigating many significant and impactful legislative reforms over the past many years. Most recently in this past year, Five Acres embarked on new contracts and services with healthcare companies as part of the CalAIM reform for a more and diverse revenue stream that aligns with its mission.

Besides the charity’s dedicated donors and advocates, the individuals honored have supported the charity’s mission in serving more than 6,100 children and families annually across six counties. The charity offers a full continuum of care for children and families in crisis, including foster care, adoption, and deaf services, short-term therapeutic residential care for youth in foster care, and community-based mental/behavioral health programs.

The individuals and organizations recognized were:

  • Lawrence Nikolai, artist and creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering who has been involved with Five Acres for 30 years, for The Children’s Thanks Award
  • Sally Olson, longtime volunteer and Children’s Guild member, for the Special Service to Children Award
  • Matthew Lillard, actor and champion of Five Acres children, for the Person of the Year Award
  • Danny and Joey Reaume, longtime volunteers and former co-chairs of the Five Acres Golf Classic and Dinner, for the Volunteers of the Year Award
  • The Patron Saints Foundation, a foundation committed to caring for the health needs of the surrounding community by providing grants to nonprofits serving the West San Gabriel Valley, for the Special Recognition Award
  • Susan McGuirl, who has volunteered for 15 years and served as Five Acres’ board chair for four years, for the Dorothy Cook Lifetime Achievement Award

Five Acres also bids farewell to Christianne Kerns, Nicole Rodger, Grace Russak, and Erica Tejeda, who served their tenure this year. Board members who departed made a mark on the agency’s mission.

The charity also welcomed three new board members: Leo Bolanos, Kirk Moon, III, and Chad Richardson, who join the class of 2024. Bolanos has 17 years of experience in wealth management, having worked as a private banker, fiduciary advisor, licensed investment advisor, and relationship manager at various global Private Banks before joining Northern Trust.

A partner at Hahn & Hahn, Moon is in its business practice, including acquisitions, and also has a background in healthcare in both transactional and regulatory matters. Moon is a member of the Finance Investment Committee and has also recently joined the charity’s Audit Committee. 

With more than 20 years of experience in the corporate sector and a passion for helping individuals, families, and businesses achieve their financial goals, Richardson has served diligently on the Finance Investment Committee for the past five years. Richardson is the owner of CalTex Financial Group LLC, providing fee-based financial planning, wealth management, and risk mitigation strategies to individuals and families while also administering qualified retirement accounts and various group benefits to businesses nationwide through Cetera Investment Services.

The charity’s new executive committee are Chris Selak, chair; Bisi Ezeolu, secretary; Andrew Crowell, vice chair, finance/investment; Shoshana Puccia, vice chair, advancement; Susan McGuirl, vice chair, nominating, and past board chair; Dennis Duran, vice chair, audit; Kirsten Hansen, vice chair, administration; and Carol Chen, at large member.

“The annual meeting is a special event and what makes this annual celebration unique is that everyone here today has made such a difference to our Five Acres community and a big impact to children in real need,” said Selak, Five Acres’ incoming board chair. “Over the past 136 years, you and those before you have helped transform the lives of some of the most vulnerable children and families.”

To learn more about Five Acres and how to become involved, visit 5acres.org.

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About Five Acres Since 1888, Five Acres has protected the most vulnerable members of our community: children. Serving more than 6,100 children and family members annually across six 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

Diverse group of children with logos of Five Acres and Giving Tuesday with the words that say Give our children's cottage TLC

Our childen's cottage need your TLC!

Please kick in NOW to help us raise $150,000 for our Cottage Renovation Fund! This fund was established with generous grants from the Pasadena Community Foundation and the In-N-Out Burger Foundation totaling $75,000. You, too, can contribute to help us reach our goal!

Five Acres’ historic Altadena campus and 8 children’s cottages, designed by renowned architect Myron Hunt in the early 1920s, are almost 100 years old! These cozy cottages house hundreds of young children every year who live with us while receiving care and treatment.

Just as we care for children, our cottages also need TLC to remain safe, comfortable spaces for boys and girls to live and heal.

Donations will be used for essential repairs and improvements including cottage roofs, AC and heating systems, and other updates to ensure the comfort of our children and the teams who care for our children.

We are seeking support from foundations, businesses, and individuals to raise these needed funds.

Share the ❤ this Giving Tuesday. Thank you!

California Dreamin' 2024 Five Acres Annual Gala with save the date for May 18, 2024 and a picture of a beach sunset with palm trees and a pier

There are few sunny days for more than 430,000 children nationwide as long as they are not with their families. In California, we have 60,000 children in foster care with roughly about 25,000 in Los Angeles. These children lay their heads at night and dream for better days. Today, we have the opportunity to make children and youth’s dreams come alive at our California Dreamin’: 2024 Five Acres Annual Gala on Saturday, May 18, 2024.

Inspired by the beautiful landscapes in our state, stunning coastlines, and opportunities in thriving industries, California Dreamin’ for better futures is what we desire for our children. Their dreams, wishes, and hopes for living in the land of opportunity are not lost on us. While we continue to keep them safe and warm, we also are committed to permanency with support from families who open their hearts and homes.

We will gather at California Dreamin’: 2024 Five Acres Annual Gala, which will be held at the private estate of Meghan and Monte Baier in Sierra Madre on Saturday, May 18, 2024. Amidst the natural beauty and mountains, the festivities will take place outdoors in a luxurious lawn and poolside where guests will enjoy gourmet food, cocktails, music, and dancing.

Your generous support has been instrumental in helping us realize dreams for many in our history, and we invite you to join us again as a sponsor or underwriter. Together, we can make California’s dreams a reality for foster care children, aspiring parents, and individuals in need of mental health support. Please review our sponsorship and underwriter levels to see where you envision contributing to fulfill our dreams. If you have questions, please contact Jenny Lin, associate director of advancement, at JennyLin@5acres.org or call (626) 390-8453.

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View the full gala invitation and purchase your tickets below:
2024 Five Acres Gala Dinner Tickets
2024 Five Acres Gala Dinner Table

Below are California Dreamin’: 2024 Five Acres Annual Gala sponsorship and underwriter levels at a glance.

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Five Acres Presents Community Awards and Welcomes New Board Member

Five Acres announced its new board member and recognized its community award recipients at its 135th Annual Meeting and Board Celebration yesterday. Hosting at The Athenaeum located at California Institute of Technology, Five Acres honored community members and volunteers who demonstrated an unwavering commitment to its mission during the previous year.

These individuals have supported the charity’s mission in serving more than 6,500 children and families annually across six counties, with San Diego as the newest county. The charity offers a full continuum of care for children and families in crisis, including foster care, adoption, deaf services, therapeutic residential care for youth in foster care, and community-based mental/behavioral health programs.

“The purpose of Five Acres has always been to provide safety and well-being for children who need care from an agency like ours. And seeing the children on campus reminds me of the importance of them having a safe and forever family,” said Susan McGuirl, who is the charity’s board chair. “We are continuously looking forward to ensuring each child has a loving, permanent family.”

The individuals and organizations recognized were:

  • The Altadena Sheriff’s Station, The Children’s Thanks Award
  • Cathy Simms, Five Acres Special Award
  • Five Acres Foster Care Team, Special Service to Children Award
  • Rob Trauber and Johnny Was, Person of the Year Award
  • Ruth Coyne, Volunteer of the Year Award
  • The Youssef and Kamel Mawardi Fund, Special Recognition Award
  • The Five Acres Leadership, Dorothy Cook Lifetime Achievement Award


The charity also welcomes a new board member: Kelley Bannon Lashley, who joins the class of 2023. Lashley is the founder of Deka Law Group. She is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. Her practice areas include estate and business succession planning, trust administration, probate, conservatorship and guardianship law, as well as nonprofit advising and mediation. Lashley worked alongside her grandfather, Robert D. Bannon, and eventually took over his successful estate planning practice that served Pasadena and the greater Los Angeles area for more than 50 years. Over the past 10 years, Lashley has expanded the firm’s practice into Ventura County where Deka now serves clients in its Westlake Village office. Having started her career in San Luis Obispo County, Lashley serves clients all over California.

The charity’s executive committee are Susan McGuirl, chair; Shoshana Puccia, secretary; Jason Melillo, vice chair, finance/investment; Chris Selak, vice chair, advancement; Grace Russak, vice chair, nominating; Christianne Kerns, vice chair, audit and former board chair; and Kirsten Hansen, vice chair, administration.

“In our 135th anniversary, it gives me great honor to recognize and appreciate all of our incredible awardees and our board of directors, who are among a legacy of volunteers and supporters that have been contributed to the impact and growth of Five Acres,” said Chanel Boutakidis, Five Acres chief executive officer. “With their commitment, we look toward the future of expanding our prevention and permanency services.”

To learn more about Five Acres, visit 5acres.org.

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Marisol Barrios Perez, MSPA, APR

310-713-8567 | Marisol@missiondrivenpr.com

Celebrating 135 years

We are excited to celebrate our 135th birthday this year! While the annual report covers highlights from fiscal year 2021-2022, we want to also honor our past, embrace our present, and celebrate our future during this milestone occasion. We have come a long way from 1888 when we opened in a small home on Glower Street in Los Angeles to our five acres in Altadena with numerous offices serving over 6,500 children and families across six counties, with San Diego as our newest county. The purpose of Five Acres has always been to provide safety and well-being for children who need the care from an agency like ours. Take a look at our historical timeline included in the Annual Report 2021-2022.

Celebrating 135 years Five Acres Historical Timeline
Celebrating 135 years Five Acres Historical Timeline

Having served over 100,000 children and families in our 135 years, learn about the impact we continue to make in our communities. Read our Annual Report 2021-2022.

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Celebrate our 135th birthday!

We’re celebrating our 135th birthday and have published a commemorative coffee table book and bundling it with birthday candles for $135. We’re sharing this birthday packet, while supplies last, during our birthday month — March! 

Purchases made are a donation to Five Acres. Please consider supporting our birthday to help us continue bringing safety, well-being, and permanency to more than 6,500 children and families across five counties.

Five Acres 135th birthday celebration gala
We are pleased to announce that long-time supporters, Nicole Rasic and Trish Gonzales, will once again co-chair Five Acres 2023 fundraising gala, “The House of Five Acres.” Inspired by the agency’s 135th birthday celebration, this year’s gala is sure to be a huge bash. Actors Sam and Amber Jaeger will be our emcees for the evening. As one of its two largest fundraising events of the year, this year’s gala will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2023. The much-anticipated birthday celebration will take place outdoors at a historic Pasadena residence built in 1897 and designed by Frederick Roehrig, American architect of landmark building Hotel Green, once the home of the Tournament of Roses and the Valley Hunt Club. Castle Green, which was built as an annex to Hotel Green, and the Andrew McNally House in Altadena were also designed by Roehrig.
2023 Five Acres Gala Dinner Tickets
Special Table for 10
For sponsorship and underwriting questions, call Brandon Ito, associate director of development, at 626-390-8453 or email bito@5acres.org.

take a peek at our invitation!

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You can download the editable response card to reserve your tickets or make purchases below. You can still sponsor and/or underwrite the gala, download a fillable form here to complete and email it to events@5acres.org. You may also purchase below.

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2023 Gala Sponsorships

2023 Gala Underwriters

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A Thank you list of our Five Acres Gala sponsors and underwriters

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Each year at Five Acres, we strive to create joyful holiday memories for vulnerable children and youth in foster care who have already overcome many challenges in their young lives. Fortunately, we have you—generous supporters who make their holiday wishes come true.

Individuals who would like to bring holiday cheer by making a generous contribution can click on the donate button below.

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For corporations, organizations, and individuals wishing to purchase holiday wishes from our Amazon Wish List can purchase by clicking here. We’ve made it easy for you to shop, add to cart, and have them directly delivered to Five Acres. You can also check out our holiday flyer.

Individuals wishing to purchase favorite holiday items can do so by looking at our list below. If you prefer to drop off your items, weekday drop-offs between November 28 – December 12 are available. The drop-off delivery location is 760 W. Mountain View St., Altadena, CA 91001.

Look at some of our children’s favorite holiday wishes

  • Art supplies
  • Air pods
  • Baby dolls
  • Board games
  • Book series and children’s book
  • Card games
  • Coloring books for kids and teens
  • Jewelry and jewelry-making kits
  • Electric cars with remotes
  • Fragrances for teen boys and teen girls
  • Hair accessories
  • Hygiene kits
  • iPads
  • JanSport Backpacks
  • Journals
  • Large building block sets
  • Playdoh
  • Pretend play items
  • Scooters and helmets
  • Skateboards and helmets
  • Slime making kits
  • Squishies
  • Sweatpants and sweatshirts
  • Tablets

Preferred gift cards*

  • Grocery Store Cards – Food-4-Less, Ralphs, Super King, El Super, etc.
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Bath and Body Works
  • Ulta / Sephora
  • Forever 21
  • Big 5 Sporting Goods
  • Dicks Sporting Goods
  • Old Navy
  • Tillys
  • Vans
  • WSS – Warehouse Shoes
  • Footlocker

*$50 is recommended amount

Individual volunteers who donated to Five Acres holiday toy drive

Become a 2023 Holiday Drive Sponsor

‘Tis the season to be merry! Would you like to become a 2023 Holiday Drive Sponsor? You can donate to support specific holiday activities like treats and stocking stuffers, cottage angels, the pajama project, holiday celebrations for children and families, and a staff holiday party. Check out the Holiday Drive Sponsor opportunities here!

Below are a few specific holiday activities to choose from. You can select items from the pull-down list below and add to cart. If you have questions about how to become a sponsor, please contact Jenny Lin at jennylin@5acres.org or call her at 626-390-8453.

Treats & Stocking Stuffers – $200

Cottage Angels – $500

Pajama Project – $1,000

Holiday Celebration for our Residential Children – $1,500

Staff Holiday Party – $2,500

Group of volunteers from organizations and companies that donated to Five Acres holiday toy drive

Please help us acknowledge your donation this holiday season by completing our in-kind donation form here.

Thank You to all our Sponsors, Donors, and Individuals who Bring a Joyful Holiday to our 5A Kids!