Five Acres Raises Funds for ‘Permanency’

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

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. Titled “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.
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March 12 Proclaimed Five Acres Day

Photo courtesy Supervisor Kathryn Barger Celebrating Five Acres Day are Ryan Dietz, Five Acres Board chair; Kathryn Barger, Los Angeles County supervisor; Christianne Kerns, Five Acres board vice chair/Nominating; and Chanel Boutakidis, Five Acres CEO.
Photo courtesy Supervisor Kathryn Barger
Celebrating Five Acres Day are Ryan Dietz, Five Acres Board chair; Kathryn Barger, Los Angeles County supervisor; Christianne Kerns, Five Acres board vice chair/Nominating; and Chanel Boutakidis, Five Acres CEO.

In celebration of Five Acres’ 130th birthday in 2018, Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger has recognized March 12 as “Five Acres Day” in LA County. Barger’s official proclamation took place recently at the LA County Board of Supervisors meeting in downtown LA.
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Five Acres Sets World Record to Raise Foster Care Awareness

Photo courtesy Five Acres Five Acres set a record for the world’s longest “trust fall” relay recently to kick off National Adoption Month.
Photo courtesy Five Acres
Five Acres set a record for the world’s longest “trust fall” relay recently to kick off National Adoption Month.

Local family and child services nonprofit Five Acres has successfully set a record for the world’s longest “trust fall” relay to raise awareness for foster care and adoption. The record, verified by RecordSetter, was set on Nov. 1, the first day of National Adoption Month, in recognition of the more than 20,000 children awaiting permanent family solutions in Los Angeles.
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Five Acres Launches Digital Campaign

Five Acres has launched a digital campaign to raise awareness for foster care and adoption in Los Angeles and surrounding counties. The Five Acres Trust Fall Challenge invites friends, families, co-workers, businesses, community organizations and more to film and share their own trust fall videos online with the hashtags #fall4fiveacres and #20kby2020. The challenge symbolizes the agency’s key message: that every child belongs in the arms of a safe, loving and permanent family.
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Five Acres Hosts Gala on June 3

Five Acres gala committee members include (front row, from left) Erica Tejeda, Haley Kaprielian, Katie McDonald, Kris Ordaz, and Jennifer Berger. Back: Nicole Rasic, Amanda Ma, Celeste Liversidge, co-chairs Sandy Walia and Chris Selak, Tami Gittleman, Emily Street and Sue McGuirl. Not pictured: Stacy Armillei, Natalie Bazarevitsch, Naomi Farley, Sheila Grether-Marion, Michele Hall, Kelley Bannon Lashley, Heather Lillard, Matt McIntyre, Tawnia McKiernan, Tim McKiernan, Mariela King, Mimi Melgaard, Nicole Rodger and Christina Trauber.
Five Acres gala committee members include (front row, from left) Erica Tejeda, Haley Kaprielian, Katie McDonald, Kris Ordaz, and Jennifer Berger. Back: Nicole Rasic, Amanda Ma, Celeste Liversidge, co-chairs Sandy Walia and Chris Selak, Tami Gittleman, Emily Street and Sue McGuirl. Not pictured: Stacy Armillei, Natalie Bazarevitsch, Naomi Farley, Sheila Grether-Marion, Michele Hall, Kelley Bannon Lashley, Heather Lillard, Matt McIntyre, Tawnia McKiernan, Tim McKiernan, Mariela King, Mimi Melgaard, Nicole Rodger and Christina Trauber.

Five Acres will host its annual gala on Saturday, June 3, at the private Molina Estate in South Pasadena. Guests of the “Red Carpet Affair” will enjoy celebrity treatment, including a three-course meal with wine, a silent and live auction with special prizes, wine and jewelry raffles, live entertainment, dancing and more, all while raising funds to support Five Acres programs.
Multiple auction items will be available to gala bidders, including a “Nashville” show package for two with airfare, accommodations and a “Nashville” set visit; a private catering extravaganza for 50; and a private dinner and organic margarita tasting for 10 with local chef Robert Simon. Luxury travel packages include a one-week Parisian stay on the Champs-Élysées; a weeklong stay at a private beach condominium in Cabo San Lucas at Casa del Mar; a Catalina Island adventure for six; and a scenic sailing excursion around the San Francisco Bay with a gourmet lunch and regional wines.
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Five Acres Welcomes New Board Members

Five Acres announced the addition of three new board members to the agency’s Board of Directors. Celeste Liversidge, Scott Street and Erica Tejeda will be joining the board as new members after years of involvement with various Five Acres committees. The three new members were inducted at the agency’s 129th annual meeting, held recently at the Rococo Room in Pasadena.

New Board Members

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