Don't stop believin' five acres 33rd annual golf classic on September 20, 2021 at Annandale Golf Club

Dinner Tickets $150.00 each

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Monday, September 20, 2021
Annandale Golf Club Pasadena, California

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10:00 AM Golf Registration
(hole assignment provided at registration)

10:30 AM Lunch Buffet Opens

12:00 PM Shotgun
(Best Ball Format – 2 Best Net/2 Best Gross)

5:00 PM Reception & Silent Auction

6:30 PM Dinner, Live Auction & Awards

8:00 PM Dancing & Live Entertainment

September 20, 2021
Annandale Golf Club Pasadena, California

1 N. San Rafael Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105

We’re excited for our “Don’t Stop Believin” Five Acres 33rd Annual Golf Classic and Dinner!

On September 20, 2021, we’re hosting family and friends at Annandale Golf Club, giving each of you a chance to tee off and be the victor.  If you weren’t able to join us, please consider donating to help raise critical funds to support the children and families in our communities.

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Like other years before, the Annual Golf Classic provides meaningful support to more than 9,000 children and families served by Five Acres. During the pandemic, we weren’t able to gather and celebrate together until now. Your support of this event raises the critical funds to provide safety, permanency, and well-being in our communities.

See you as we tee off on the greens and view our auction items here!

Sponsorship and Underwriting Opportunities

Please CLICK HERE to see our sponsorship and underwriting opportunities, then make your selection below.

For the Title Sponsor level, please contact Jean Owens here to reserve.

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To donate wine, spirits or an auction item to our event, please CLICK HERE and send the completed form to


Can’t attend but would love to support? CLICK HERE to donate and support at-risk families and foster youth.

*This event is subject to change
Please consider your support a donation if an in-person event is not possible due to
inclement weather or unforeseen conditions. Both the tournament and evening event
will be held outside, with the dining event also primarily on grass.

 Health & Safety Statement:
Five Acres and our venue partner, Annandale Golf Club, will follow all public health
guidelines associated with operating a golf tournament and dining event.

We’re working in lockstep with our event planners and Annandale for health and safety precautions.  Working staff representing 5A (including volunteers) will be wearing N95 masks, and we will have them also available for any guests who request.  We will also have hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes available.  Our entire event will be outside for the guests – registration, lunch, the tournament itself, cocktail hour, auction, dinner, program, etc.  Also, please note all Annandale staff wear masks at all times, inside and outside.  We’re using a mobile device platform again for transactions day of to stay paperless – goal is safety, while still having fun!

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With more than 20,000 children in the Los Angeles foster care system, Five Acres has been working to keep the numbers low by providing safety, well-being, and permanency to children and youth in foster care. During April, Child Abuse Prevention Month, Five Acres is raising awareness, advocacy, and action.

For many students, schools have reopened and that means going back to the classroom and personally connecting with teachers. Teachers and administrators are mandated reporters for many children and youth who are experiencing child abuse at home. Amidst the pandemic, calls to report child abuse have declined, and children are less likely to confide in their teachers while learning remotely at home.

According to the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, on average, the county’s Child Protection Hotline received up to 1,000 daily reports before the pandemic. Since the closures, however, there has been a decline in calls of up to 50 percent.

“We are concerned for children who have experienced abuse behind closed doors and had no means of reporting it to a trusting adult like a teacher, school counselor, or peer,” said Five Acres CEO Chanel Boutakidis, which is why Five Acres launched its HOPE line as a safe space for individuals to call, text or email.

The HOPE line staff helps people in need of support in mental health, prevention of child abuse, domestic violence, and families seeking to become foster resource families Individuals who take action to stop child abuse bring safety into children’s lives. The HOPE Line is here to help children experiencing trauma. Individuals can call or text the HOPE Line at 1-800-696-6793 or email to report or get support.

Now that students will be returning, Five Acres anticipates a rise in child abuse reporting, especially with the financial hardships, stressors, and trauma of the pandemic. To access additional resources, visit

Individuals also can make a donation to Five Acres and help towards securing a permanent, loving home for all children in their care. To learn more about Five Acres, visit

Photo of Five Acres Board Members Dennis Duran, Bisi Ezeolu, and Lance Polverini

Five Acres announced its new board members and recognized its community award recipients at its 133rd Annual Meeting and Board Celebration on March 10. Hosting the virtual celebration, Five Acres honored community members and volunteers who were unable to be recognized last year due to the pivot to socially distanced and working remotely because of the coronavirus.

These individuals have supported the charity’s mission in serving more than 9,000 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, deaf services, therapeutic residential care for foster youth and community-based mental/behavioral health programs.

The individuals and organizations recognized were:

  • Christianne Kerns, Dorothy Cook Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Five Acres Leadership and Staff, The Five Acres Heart Award
  • Rustin Mork, Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Susan McGuirl, Person of the Year Award
  • Rotary Club of Pasadena, Special Service to Children
  • Kathryne Beynon Foundation, The Five Acres Award
  • Los Angeles County Board Supervisor Kathryn Barger, The Children’s Thanks
  • Rita and Armen Baranian, Special Awards

Five Acres also bid farewell to Kelley Bannon Lashley and Scott Street, who departed in 2020, and Sam Greenberg, who also served his tenure and departed this year. Board members who departed made a mark on the agency’s mission. A Legacy Society Member, Lashley chaired the Advancement and Planned Giving committees while galvanizing additional support for Five Acres. Street chaired the annual golf tournament three times while helping raise critical awareness. Greenberg provided his tax expertise as a presenter during his tenure.

The charity also welcomed three new board members: Dennis Duran, Bisi Ezeolu, and Lance Polverini who join the class of 2021. In addition, four board members who began their tenure in 2020 were recognized: Chantal Bennett, Mimi Carter, Jason Melillo, and John Reitnouer.

“While we are unable to celebrate in person, 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. “This past year has been a challenging one 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

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About Five Acres

Since 1888, Five Acres has protected the most vulnerable members of our community: children. Serving more than 9,000 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 permanencyprovide 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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Five Acres will be celebrating its 133rd birthday on March 12. Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger recognized March 12 as “Five Acres Day” in 2018 at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting in Downtown Los Angeles.

Impacting the lives of more than 9,000 individuals, Five Acres Day promotes safety, well-being, and permanency for children and their families by building on their strengths and empowering them within communities. Five Acres 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.

Five Acres Day is an opportunity to bring the community together while its supporters and friends have been physically distancing due to the pandemic. “While we miss gathering in the community and celebrating with you at our annual gala, golf, and community events, we thank you for continuing to support us,” said Chief Executive Officer Chanel W. Boutakidis in a message to Five Acres supporters that was published on the agency’s website.

To recognize its history and commitment to children, Five Acres encourages the community to join the celebration. Individuals can follow them on social media at @fiveacresorg. To raise awareness, the agency encourages individuals to post a video or photo on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter giving a high-5 to social media and tag @fiveacresorg or use #Happy5AcresDay!

The Five Acres Day campaign will be a two-week fundraiser and social media engagement starting on March 1 and concluding on Five Acres Day, March 12. To donate or learn more, visit its website at

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About Five Acres

Since 1888, Five Acres has protected the most vulnerable members of our community: children. Serving more than 9,000 children and family members annually across six counties, Five Acres 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 their steps as the agency develops even more effective means of caring for children and families in crisis. Visit

Thank you to all of the generous 2020 holiday gift-in-kind donors. Please scroll and search for your name/company/organization. If you donated and your name is not listed OR if you donated anonymously but have not received a donation letter, contact information is needed.  Please fill out and submit a Gift-in-Kind form by clicking here if you would like to receive a letter for your donation and or be recognized. If you have any questions please contact Jean Owens or Brandon Ito

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Billie Youngblood-Knolle

October 25,1923 – December 13, 2020

Former Five Acres board member, Billie Youngblood-Knolle, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday night, December 13. She was 97. Billie was recruited to the board for her extensive marketing communications skills gained over a decade at LIFE magazine as a writer and manager in media, then later at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell (now KPMG) leading their initial Los Angeles marketing-communications team.

Her focus at Five Acres included strengthening branding, marketing and communications outreach in support of both the agency’s mission and development. Billie’s great appreciation of the community’s need for Five Acres, as well as the professionals and volunteers whose dedication accomplished its successful and innovative leadership, never diminished.

In lieu of flowers, the family invites friends and supporters to make donations to Five Acres in Billie’s memory.

Thank you, in advance, for considering a memorial gift to honor Billie and her commitment to the Five Acres mission to promote safety, well-being and permanency for the more than 10,000 children and their families served each year.

You may also scan this QR code to make a donation from your smartphone. Just open your camera, aim at the code below, and a PayPal link will open to make your donation.

All gifts made in memory of Billie will receive a thank you note and will be listed in our annual report. Here’s a link to our donor benefits: Philanthropy Circle Benefits.

Hello Five Acres Community,

Since the start of this pandemic, 285 days ago, much of my time has been focused on keeping our children safe and healthy, keeping our staff safe and healthy, and keeping the agency financially sound during these challenging times. As 2020 comes to an end, I want to share that Five Acres is still here! Despite this pandemic, murder hornets, fires, and economic instability, we are still kicking, and we continue to do what we are committed to doing.

While we have faced many obstacles to providing services this year, we did not have a day of pause in our services, even if it meant converting and training over 100 team members to offer telemedicine in less than five days. Our Prevention Division has served more clients this year than pre-COVID. In the past nine months, we have already impacted 6,811 clients, which signifies the community’s growing needs due to COVID. We have provided these services without disruption and today offer our services safely in-person, via telemedicine, or as a combo of the two.

Our Intervention Division, where foster children live in our care until we can find them a safe and forever family, has been our most incredible opportunity this year. Caring for children without families in a congregate care setting and our foster care setting while in a pandemic is something I will remember as one of our most defining moments. Court closures that halted the movement of foster children… Education closures leaving us with the responsibilities of the education of special needs children… Supply and food procurement to keep children and staff safe, particularly early on when supplies were hard to come by as shelves emptied rapidly.

As a leader during this pandemic, we know that we are responsible for the safety and wellbeing of the children we serve and the teams we employ. As county resources became maxed and overwhelmed, realizing that we were on our own was the turning moment. When we decided to move forward versus hope and wait for a “Hail Mary,” that decision led to my team’s incredible leadership and creativity. We found a solution in the supply procurement of proper PPEs for our team members who continued to work in person. We created and operated our own in-house Isolation Units for COVID-positive clients because hospitals would not admit them, and we did not want to risk mixing COVID-positive children with the other children. We figured out how to provide onsite COVID testing for over 200 team members weekly and procure testing kits to test any child as needed through our nursing department. We are managing and monitoring COVID spread and infection while keeping our agency positivity rate below 3%, even during county spikes. With so many obstacles to overcome, the surprises we faced, and many options to fail, we have not.

While in this pandemic, we have impacted over 6,800 individuals across six counties, with 359 infants, toddlers, and teens that lived in our care safely during COVID. While we have been surprised by many unfamiliar challenges, we have continued to be creative to maintain an 81% permanency rate for the children we serve. Finally, we remain over 400 team members strong, with a turnover of 10.7%, and continue to work daily to stay financially viable to keep as many team members employed during these economically unstable times.

While we miss gathering in the community and celebrating with you at our annual gala, golf, and community events, we thank you for continuing to support us and allowing us to redirect our attention to the safety and health of the children and our team. Five Acres is here, and even more proud of what we have accomplished so far during these extraordinary times. We look forward to less extraordinary times in 2021 and hope to see you soon!

Thank you,

Chanel W. Boutakidis, MA, MFT

Chief Executive Officer


Bring holiday joy to our Five Acres kids

Five Acres’ annual holiday toy drive creates joyful holiday memories for vulnerable children and foster youth who have already overcome many challenges in their young lives. Through the years, many generous supporters in the community have made these children’s holiday wishes come true. This year the need is greater and more urgent as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Five Acres is requesting help from the community to donate gift cards and unwrapped toys by December 18.

“Each year our holiday toy drive brightens the children and youth in foster care living on our residential campus, our foster families, and our community families we serve,” said Five Acres Chief Advancement Officer Jennifer Berger, who oversees the nonprofit’s annual holiday toy drive. “However, this year vulnerable children and youth have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic making the need for toy donations and gift cards even greater and more urgent. We are calling on the community to help Five Acres to continue to spread joy, especially during this difficult holiday season for many.”

Five Acres’ most requested gifts from kids are the following: art supplies, bath and body products, bike and helmet, board games, dolls, MP3 players, pillow pets, puzzles, remote-controlled car / helicopter / plane, scooter and helmet, sporting equipment, Star Wars figures, stuffed animals and tablets.

Gift cards also make great holiday gifts for Five Acres’ youth. The most requested gift cards are the following: Amazon, Best Buy, Dominos, Game Stop, Starbucks, Subway, Taco Bell, Target and Wal-Mart.

Based on the children’s requests, Five Acres has also built an Amazon Wish List full of toys that can be accessed at

The designated days to drop-off unwrapped gifts to Five Acres are the following: Thursday, December 10 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, December 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Thursday, December 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The address for curbside drop-off is at Zeilstra location at 747 W. Mountain View St., Altadena, CA 91001, across from Five Acres’ main campus.

To become a sponsor of this year’s holiday toy drive or for information, call Stephanie Perez at 626-731-9453 or email

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About Five Acres

Since 1888, Five Acres has protected the most vulnerable members of our community: children. Serving more than 10,200 children and family members annually across six counties, Five Acres 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 their steps as the agency develops even more effective means of caring for children and families in crisis. Visit

The holidays are around the corner and mental health is a big priority during this time. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a mental health issue that can show up in late fall and early winter. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, symptoms of SAD include having low energy, trouble sleeping, changes in appetite or weight, and social withdrawal.

Below are five tips that can help improve your mental health and keep the holiday blues away.

Brighten up your surroundings – A quick and easy way to improve your mood is to brighten up your home. Increase the amount of lighting around you to energize and uplift. Open up curtains during the day to let natural light in. Hang up your decorations early! Decorate your trees and ornaments with twinkling lights. Embrace the holiday season ambiance to help make your space feel warm and cozy.

Find time for your physical health – Find time to engage in physical activity, which is amazing for mental wellness. There are activities for everyone such as exercise, meditation, or yoga. This year virtual races are a great way to connect to people and participate in events while still socially distancing. Signing up for virtual races like the upcoming Five Acres Turkey Trot is a great way to stay active during the holidays. Physical activity will help release energy and provide an outlet for stress relief.

Take a mental wellness break – A fantastic way to help improve your mental health is by taking a mental wellness day. Spend a day doing what makes you happiest. Do the things you enjoy doing and unwind. Drive around your neighborhood and take in the beautiful holiday decorations. Many neighborhoods set up extensive holiday displays and decorations that will be fun to check out and enjoy while still socially distancing.

Reach out to your loved ones – Take opportunities to virtually interact with your friends and family outside of your household. Virtually socializing will help lift your mood and strengthen the meaningful relationships in your life. Take advantage of the season to decorate your home with your family and spend quality time together. It can be easy to fall into a gloomy state of mind, but the people around you help remind you that you are loved.

Use available resources – There are many resources available to help provide support for your mental health when times are tough. Five Acres offers assistance with basic needs, resources, community linkages, and starting the process for additional mental health services. Five Acres offers mental health support through the HOPE line and telehealth services at 800-696-6793 or To find a mental health provider near you, contact 211 LA County at or SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

This holiday season it is important to keep an eye on your mental health. There are many different ways to keep the holiday blues away and Five Acres is here to help.

Five Acres Holiday Toy Drive

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

This year, we invite you to make a difference today and join our holiday toy drive, become a Cottage or Family Angel, sponsor a Holiday Wish Tree or make a holiday donation. 

Want to join in on the fun? Check out our toy drive flyer, sponsorship opportunities and list of the most requested items from our kids. To purchase the children’s wishes from our Amazon wish list, click here. To make a gift, simply click the button below.



Holiday Sponsorship opportunities
Most Requested Gifts
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When to Donate Your Gifts

To ensure our children receive their gifts in time for the holidays, please deliver your unwrapped donations to Five Acres between Wednesday, December 2 – Friday, December 11, 2020.
Donations are accepted Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. and Thursday, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
or you may arrange a time and date with Stephanie Perez at or call (626) 379-2953

REMEMBER: Submit your gift-in-kind form!
Please be sure to complete a gift-in-kind form so we can track your donation for tax purposes. You can submit the form HERE.