Voices for 5 Acres Gala

May 10, 2015

Lillard_BurchThe public is invited for “celebratory cocktails,” a gourmet dinner, silent and live auctions, and dancing under the stars with DJ Amara at the “Voices for 5 Acres Gala” on June 6th.

For the third year, actor, director, and producer Matthew Lillard (Scooby Doo, Scream) and KTLA morning news anchor Wendy Burch will emcee 5 Acres’ annual fundraiser.

Part of the evening’s program will include the “voices” of 5 Acres—from donors, supporters, and clients, as well as staff.

Sam_JaegerAlso on hand will be actor Sam Jaeger (Parenthood); writer, producer, and director Matt Nix (Burn Notice, The Comedians); Chantal and Steve Bennett; and David DiCristofaro, President Greater L.A. Region, Wells Fargo.

Cocktail reception and silent auction will kick off at 6:00 p.m. and gourmet dinner, live auction set for 7:30 p.m. 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. (Official text)


Voices for 5 Acres Gala
Saturday, June 6th, 6 p.m.
Westin Pasadena
Tickets: $250, individual; purchase here
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Five Acres' field within the campus

Five Acres’ field within the campus


Excerpts from “Five Acres: Remaining Innovative,” Hometown Pasadena, Sept. 2013…

The Boys’ and Girls’ Aid Society of Los Angeles County (now Five Acres) is one of the oldest charity organizations in the area, opening in 1888 as an orphanage.

Today, says Five Acres CEO Chanel Boutakidis, the organization has moved away from “raising children” to “promoting safety, well-being, and creating permanency for the children and families.” The emphasis is on “family finding,” whether that means digging and researching to find biological relatives with whom to unite the child or through adoption (Five Acres has been licensed for adoption since 2001).




During this long, extended season of budget cuts, Boutakidis says finding foster homes is harder than ever, so the goal is to find the child a healthy family situation as quickly as possible.

It’s not enough to take in a child and give him a room of his own, surround him with structure, access to the public school or inclusion in their onsite facilities, a play area, an educated staff, and therapy sessions. “Therapy can only do so much,” Boutakidis states. For her, the real focus—the imperative—is to get the kids adopted and into a nurturing, accepting, and safe family situation.




Five Acres may be old in human years (125), but Boutakidis wholeheartedly believes that the organization is fresh and innovative.

She’s proud that Five Acres is grounded in their mission, but also willing to be fluid, anticipating changes (not ignoring them), and looking at an issue in real time in order to tackle it creatively.


Tile art by Five Acres kids

Tile art by Five Acres kids


About DJ Amara (sourced from…

Described as “sexy, vibrant, and soulful,” DJ AMARA brings to the tables an unmatched style, mixing various genres and giving listeners a unique flavor of hybrid beats and rhythms.…her distinct sound emanates a vibe that leaves no dance floor empty.

AMARA’s strategy for success is simple: she feels the pulse of the crowd and connects their emotions to tracks that elevate those feelings. Combine flawless mixing with a powerful party presence and it is no wonder why promoters keep calling, crowds keep listening and she keeps on spinning.

AMARA has proven she has the skills, innovation and perseverance to impact the industry. Her talents have been heard and observed at many noteworthy clubs and events across the globe such as The Viper Room, The Factory, Tao Beach, Palm’s,  DJ AM’s Club LAX, the famous White Party in Palm Springs and international tours in Europe, Canada, South America, and the Philippines.





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