Five Acres Celebrates 127 Years

By Whitney Levine

Over 125 guests were moved to tears March 11, as special guest speaker Mark Medley shared the story of his Five Acres journey. Through the nonprofit child and family services agency dedicated to strengthening families and preventing child abuse, he was introduced to the Adoption Promotion Support Services, which helped him adopt his 8-year-old son, Victor.

Medley and other respected guests gathered at the Altadena Town and Country Club to celebrate Five Acres 127th anniversary at its Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony.

Actor Sam Jaeger with his wife Amber, Maria Johnson Velasquez (Squawkin’) and Ryan Dietz (Wells Fargo Bank)

Actor Sam Jaeger with his wife Amber, Maria Johnson Velasquez (Squawkin’) and Ryan Dietz (Wells Fargo Bank)

Congresswoman Judy Chu, past board chairs, current board members, volunteers, and agency ambassadors were in attendance. Departing board members were recognized and newly inducted board of directors, Keri Crowell, Peter Diedrich and Paul Maurin were welcomed to Five Acres.

The annual awards ceremony presented individuals and companies with special recognition for their significant contributions to Five Acres’ mission and services, which are provided to more than 8,400 children and family members every year. Several awards were handed out, including a Special Recognition Award, given to Chantal and Stephen Bennett, supporters who have been part of the Five Acres family for more than a decade. Don Boline, current board member and CEO of Concept Builders, received the Person of the Year Award for his active involvement with the organization. Nancy and Hugh Helm and Heather and Matthew Lillard were jointly awarded the Five Acres Award for their inter-generational support and many devoted years of service to Five Acres.

Actor Matt Lillard with his wife Heather Lillard (Deasy Penner & Partners) and awardees Nancy and Hugh Helm

Actor Matt Lillard with his wife Heather Lillard (Deasy Penner & Partners) and awardees Nancy and Hugh Helm

“As we celebrate 127 years of impacting hundreds and thousands of children and families throughout Southern California, we are honored to share this special occasion with generations of committed supporters, passionate leaders and inspiring clients who have all played a vital role in achieving Five Acres’ continued success, “ said Chanel Boutakidis, Five Acres’ Chief Executive Officer.

Five Acres is always looking for volunteers to help provide a sense of safety, well-being, and permanency to its clients; for more information about Five Acres or to get involved as a volunteer, visit 5acres.org.

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