LCFEF Spring Gala Goes ‘Under the Big Top’

More than 660 local residents enjoyed a fun-filled evening at the 28th annual La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation Spring Gala, themed “Under the Big Top,” last Saturday at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Los Angeles. Gala participants mixed, mingled, shopped, dined and danced with hundreds of their fellow community supporters to celebrate 40 years of LCFEF and raise money for the city’s public schools. The event’s silent auction featured more than 600 items and the paddle-pledge fundraiser, “Empowering Our Kids To Strive and Thrive,” broke a record by raising more than $200,000, according to LCFEF Executive Director Marilyn Yang. The initiative supports major projects in partnership with the La Cañada Unified School District as part of a K-12 wellness initiative. The paddle pledge raised funds to support three key elements of this initiative that will impact more than 4,100 in grades K-12: • New curriculum in Social Emotional Learning (SEL) approach for elementary school students • New LCHS Wellness Center and Resource Hub • New LCHS College & Career Center Also at the gala, LCFEF honored Craig and Melissa Mazin as this year’s Spirit of Outstanding Service Award honorees. The Mazins have made extraordinary contributions to improve LCUSD schools, both in financial support and leadership at the campuses and the foundation. Their service includes a record of volunteerism that spans leadership roles on the foundation board and its endowment, La Cañada Council PTA and Palm Crest Elementary School. “Craig and Melissa exemplify the very best in service to La Cañada schools,” said LCFEF President Caroline Anderson, who co-chaired the gala with Sunyoung Fahimi. “Through their many years of dedication and support, they have created a brighter future and paved the way for all of our children to succeed.”
Dolly and Winnie Anand with Nishantha and Nirosha Ruwan
Suzanne Jensen, LCE Principal Emily Blaney, Barb Drange and Jenny Franz
Michael and Jody Menerey with Allison and Jeff Carmack
Jennifer Raftery Brooks and Marion Oberle
Rodney Vencat, Kim La, Emily Vencat, Montse Ricart, Ramon Bertran, and Drew and Julie Taylor
Amy Ramsey, Diana O’Brien and Natascha Gundersen
Drew Garcia, Monica Chi, and Allie and Phil Lefebre
Sarah and Craig Drobis
Stephanie Arnold, Ruby Wang, Robert Sha, Whitney Worster and Anh-Luu Hohnbaum
Jennifer Ferry, Teresa Butier, Vanetta Barton, Kelly David, Paula Cook, Cheryl Trowbridge, Shelby Grey and Julia Cooper
Teni Karapetian, Jamie Abrahamian, Melody Petrossian and Laura Abramian
Jennifer Cha, McCall Avery and Jill Panossian
Archana and Nigel Gupta with Chris and Joyce Mayne
Chris Yee, John Clark, Jennifer Cha, Kim La, and Monica and Jeremy Warner
Dan and Felina Mahoney, Ashay and Akemi Dalvi, and Jasmine and John Nelson
Amir and Leslie Martin, Michael and Lily Kurumada, Daniel and Katherine Feng, and Philip and Julie Cha
Shane Foley, Jessica and Alex Guerrero, David and Jennifer Miller, and Kris and Lacey McLaughlin
Erik and Hilary Dancsecs
Anh-Luu Hohnbaum, Ravena Markarian, Jill Chapman, Samar Phillips, Justine Plocher, Tracy Wilkison and Sarah Drobis
Terry Chen, Luxia Wen and Zhipeng Zhou
Tom and Nina DeLuccia with Jeremy Warner
Karen Clark and Michelle Sabourin
Jennifer Gordon, Paula Cook, Shelby Grey, Sue Auther and Teresa Butier
Jennifer and Scott Beltz, Jenny and Rich Yu, and Maria Larsen
Matt Weber, LCFEF President Caroline Anderson and John Ibsen
Erik and Elizabeth Landswick
Ben and Cristina Kelly
Heather Scherbert, Allison Carmack, Karen Clark, Heidi Hamilton and Jennifer Gordon
State Sen. Anthony Portantino, Ellen Portantino, Heidi Hamilton and Clay Christensen
Jeremy and Julie Milbrodt
Honorees Craig and Melissa Mazin
Tim and Shawn Sheffield
Jacki and R.J. Asplund
LCFEF President and gala co-chair Caroline Anderson, co-chair Sunyoung Fahimi, honorees Craig and Melissa Mazin, and LCFEF Executive Director Marilyn Yang
Marcotte and Caroline Anderson
Tim and Shawn Sheffield with Merilee and Keith Hobbs
Bruce and Kathy Seuylemezian
Lara Kayayan and Jonathan Jenkins
Benjamin and Veronica Hung
State Sen. Anthony Portantino and Congressman Adam Schiff
State Sen. Anthony Portantino, Congressman Adam Schiff and Joe Radabaugh
Eric Trimble, Joe Radabaugh and Craig Drobis
Niels and Maria Larsen with Grace and Bob Mase
Rachel Harter, Kristen Angelica, Kerry Russell and Debbie Pierce
Congressman Adam Schiff with Cheryl and Scott Trowbridge
Kathy Seuylemezian, Dinah and Herwin Chua, and Gina Ricci
Cynthia Xue, Ryan Chen, Martin and Jin Heur, and Frances and Paul Chung
Jane Cho, May Han, Alice Choi and Jenny Lee
Danny and Debbie Fung, Kim and Steve Eggleston, and Julie and Jeremy Milbrodt
Alicia Herman, Nicholas Vasiliou and Gloria Ventura
Eddie and Lynnette Avedikian with Armine Arzoumanian and Avo Tashyan
Alison and Greg Molinelli with Sarah Salamon and Rick Weiss
Natesh and Archi Kodancha, Danny and Claudia Joe, and Sonia and Subbaiah Cherumandanda
Vanetta Barton and Kim Eggleston
Shelby and Eric Grey, Jan Gudersen, and Greg and DeDe Cook