We’re excited to be hosting our annual gala, California Dreamin’, on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at a private estate in Sierra Madre. Stay tuned for more information!
In honor of Five Acres’ 135 years of strengthening families in crisis and forging new ones through foster care and adoption and our 35th Golf Classic, we’re celebrating with a “Homecoming Tailgate!” On Monday, September 18, 2023, Five Acres will be hosting its Homecoming Tailgate: 35th Golf Classic Dinner at San Gabriel Country Club.
EVENTS OF THE DAY
10:00 AM Golf Registration(hole assignments provided at registration) 10:30 AM Lunch Buffet Opens 12 PM Shotgun (Please note the start time is later than last year) (Best Ball 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 Packages 6:30 PM Dinner, Live Auction & Awards 8 PM Dancing & DJ Entertainment
With more than 300,000 children and families served by the agency over its 135 years, Five Acres leaves a legacy of safety, well-being, and permanency in their lives. Together with our previous golf participants and their guests, we continue fulfilling our mission. We want to invite you back to this Homecoming Tailgate with a smokin’ dinner featuring an exciting auction, paddle raise, and DJ music, which helps raise much-needed funds to reach even more kids in need.
Please consider how your company can provide meaningful support to Five Acres’ mission through a sponsorship and/or underwriting opportunity for this coming home Golf Classic and Dinner. Let us know if you have any questions about one of these feel-good opportunities by reaching out to Athena Asklipiadis at 626-487-4971 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for being a champion for children in our community!
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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.
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.
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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.
Become a 2022 Holiday Drive Sponsor
Would you like to become a 2022 holiday drive sponsor? 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 Brandon Ito at email@example.com or call him at 626-390-8453.
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!
- Gifting highly appreciated assets like shares of stock rather than simply giving cash can accomplish multiple objectives: avoid capital gains taxes, help rebalance an investment portfolio, and at the same time help support a worthwhile organization.
- Holders of an IRA account who have attained age of 72, but do not need or want to take the annual taxable income, can consider a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD). Made permanent in late 2015, this provision allows an IRA holder to make a direct gift from an IRA to a charity. The distribution can be used to fulfill the required minimum distribution (RMD) and help the charity, but this contribution does not also count as an itemized deduction.
- Do you want to help a charity out but still need income? In this instance a strategy like a charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder trust may be appropriate. Both of these techniques generate income for the donor but leave what’s left in the trust to a charity upon the donor’s passing.
- Alternatively, perhaps you wish to reduce taxable income but still desire to support your favorite cause while also efficiently transferring valuable assets to your heirs. A charitable lead trust (CLT) can help accomplish these multiple objectives. A CLT is a charitable giving vehicle that makes lead payments to a charity for a term of years or the donor’s lifetime and then pays the remainder of the trust to one or more persons, typically family members of family trusts. The legal and tax nuances surrounding CLT’s are quite complicated, so expert counsel should be sought in order to thoroughly explain the benefits and/or drawbacks. Properly planned and executed, a CLT can be an efficient way to help a charity but also transfer assets for estate and gift tax purposes.
- Perhaps your goal is to donate after you’re gone a portion of what’s left of your personal estate. In this instance a bequest or designating a charity as the beneficiary of your IRA may be methods worth considering.
- With the passage of the SECURE Act in early 2020, children are limited in their ability to stretch-out inherited IRAs from their parents. Under the new rules, an IRA can be stretched for a maximum of ten years during which time the investments must be liquidated and tax paid. A creative solution allowing a longer stretch-out is the use of charitable remainder trust (CRT). By designating a CRT as the beneficiary of your IRA, you can provide an income stream to your children for a much longer term, with the remainder going to charity. If you have a taxable estate for federal estate tax purposes, this plan will also allow a charitable contribution deduction.
ALTADENA, Calif., March 14, 2022—Five Acres, an Altadena-based children’s foster care agency, is hosting child welfare advocates and its supporters at Starry Starry Night: Five Acres’ Annual Gala on Saturday, May 14. Held at the private estate of Joe Fehrenbacher in Pasadena, the event will raise 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 will reflect 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 has secured amazing live auction vacation destinations and silent auction items. These items include 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.
Leading the gala sponsorship committee are 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.
Generous supporters and underwriters have stepped up to ensure that Five Acres fulfills its commitment that every child belongs in a loving and permanent family: Stephen and Chantal Bennett & Dr. Annette Ermshar & Associates, Specialized Psychological Services; Kirsten L. Hansen; Richard A. McDonald, Esq.; Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.; Carol Alexis Chen and Winston & Strawn LLP; James Avedikian; East West Bank; LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger; Deka Law Group; Hahn & Hahn; Celeste and Samuel Liversidge; Sue McGuirl and Bob Musselman; Mariann and Tom Nolan; John Palacio & Nicole Rasic; Tucker Ellis LLP; and Union Bank; Pink Star: Mimi and Paul Carter; Gamble Jones Investment Group; Trish and Mike Gonzales; David and Laura Quigg; Grace and Kenneth Russak; and Chris and Steve Selak; and White Star: Harrington Group; Johnny Was; Debi and Scott Kroman; Longo Toyota-Longo Lexus; Matt McIntyre and Garrett Collins; Jacob and Genevieve Fakoory; and Julie Rosenthal.
The event underwriters are Helen and Will Webster for Dining Under the Stars; Beth Fishbein Hansen for Green Lawn Reception; Anita Yagjian for Champagne at the Pool; Harrington Group, Carolyn G. Adams, and Avon Studio Transportation for Children’s Canopy of Wishes; Michele Boghossian for Dazzling Desserts; Marisol Barrios Perez, Mission Driven PR, and Zeenat Thiara for Star Goblets; and Bob Smith Toyota | Mike and Peter Smith for Twinkle Bars.
Tickets are available for $300 each or an early bird special for a table of 10 is $2,750 before April 25. To purchase gala tickets, visit https://5acres.org/five-acres-annual-gala-2022/ or contact Five Acres at 626-773-3776. https://5acres.org/. Five Acres will follow all public health guidelines associated with operating an outdoor fundraising gala event.
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ALTADENA, Calif.—Five Acres announced its new board members and recognized its community award recipients at its 134th Annual Meeting and Board Celebration today on March 9. Hosting the virtual celebration, 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 7,000 children and families annually across five counties. The charity offers a full continuum of care for children and families in crisis, including foster care, adoption, deaf services, therapeutic residential care for foster youth, and community-based mental/behavioral health programs.
The individuals and organizations recognized were:
- In honor of their memory, Gene Gregg and Margaret Sedenquist, Dorothy Cook Lifetime Achievement Award
- Florence Nelson, Volunteer of the Year Award
- Rustin Mork, Person of the Year Award
- Carbon Health and Five Acres Nursing Staff, Special Service to Children
- Don Boline, Special Recognition Award
- In honor of her memory Melissa Kobe, The Children’s Thanks
- Paul Maurin, Commitment to Service Award
Five Acres also bids farewell to Don Boline and Rustin Mork, who served their tenure this year. Board members who departed made a mark on the agency’s mission. Being a local builder, Boline started on the Building and Grounds Committee before he joined the Board in 2012. He served as the vice chair of administration and last year co-chaired the Gala Committee, galvanizing additional support for Five Acres. Mork started his involvement serving on the golf committee raising funds for the charity until he was recruited to join the Board in the same year as Boline. He chaired the Golf Committee and last served as the vice chair of nominating and audit committees.
The charity also welcomed two new board members: Carol Alexis Chen and Zoe Walrond who join the class of 2022. Chen is a partner and trial lawyer in Winston & Strawn LLP’s Los Angeles office. She represents public and private companies, corporate officers, entrepreneurs, and other individuals in high-stakes white collar criminal and complex civil litigation. Carol is heavily involved in community, pro bono, and non-profit board service and various professional associations, and serves as a mentor for Yale Law Women, Asian Pacific Asian Women Lawyers Alliance, Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association, and The Mentorship Boardroom, the latter for which she mentors young lawyers in South Africa through virtual meetings.
Walrond comes to the Five Acres board with a background in broadcast journalism. She was a television reporter and anchor for NBC affiliates in Denver and Kansas City, Missouri, and the CBS affiliate in Colorado Springs. She also served as news director of National Public Radio affiliate KCUR-FM in Kansas City, as Morning Edition anchor on NPR affiliate KPCC-FM in Pasadena, and as a contributing reporter for NPR. In addition, Zoe was a news anchor on all-news radio station KFWB in Los Angeles. As an adjunct professor at Cal Poly Humboldt, formerly known as Humboldt State, she taught journalism and radio production and was faculty advisor to the university’s award-winning student radio station.
The charity’s new 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; Chris Kerns, vice chair, audit and past board chair; and Kirsten Hansen, vice chair, administration.
“We honor, recognize, and appreciate all of our wonderful awardees, departing board members, new board members, and new executive committee, who have been an asset to the impact and growth of Five Acres,” said Chanel Boutakidis, Five Acres chief executive officer. “We have experienced the numerous challenges brought on by the pandemic yet the loyalty and commitment of those we recognize this evening have enabled us to continue focusing on the children and staff’s safety and well-being, while bringing loving, permanent forever families to children and youth in foster care.”
To learn more about Five Acres, 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 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.