A Dino-Might Event!

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Events, Featured Slider, News, Sidebar | 0 comments

The renowned Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County was the site for Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services’ 2015 Celebrating Children Awards Reception on Saturday, October 3rd. 

Paulette and Henry Matson with kids from Hathaway-Sycamores' Learning Lab

Paulette and Henry Matson with students from Hathaway-Sycamores’ Learning Lab

Some 400 people attended the annual event, which raised over $300,000 that will help fund the therapeutic and other crucial support services that Hathaway-Sycamores – one of Los Angeles County’s largest mental health and welfare agencies – provides each year to thousands of children, youth, young adults, and families facing serious life challenges.

Those on hand for this family friendly event had the opportunity to roam with the dinosaurs as they explored the museum after hours. Hathaway-Sycamores' Celebrating Children 2015 Hathaway-Sycamores' Celebrating Children 2015Guests enjoyed hands on demonstrations by students and teachers from Hathaway-Sycamores’ Learning Lab, museum tours for the kids and families, a cocktail reception, and a delicious dinner buffet.

The heart of the Celebrating Children event, however, was the presentation of the Hathaway-Sycamores’ Celebrating Children Award, which honors an individual or family that exemplifies the values of integrity, leadership and commitment to the well-being of children, adults, families, and communities. This year’s award recipients were philanthropists and longtime Long Beach residents Paulette and Henry Matson. The Matsons have been supporters of Hathaway-Sycamores for more than 15 years. Henry Matson is an active member of the Hathaway-Sycamores Board; he served as Board Chair from 2009-2011 and is a current Advisory Board Member. The Matsons’ dedication to education and mentoring youth has fueled their continued generous support of Hathaway-Sycamores’ Learning Lab located at the Highland Park Family Resource Center. Paulette explained their commitment to supporting Hathaway-Sycamores, “Why do we do this? There’s only one answer, it makes a difference!”

Hathaway-Sycamores' Celebrating Children 2015

Jeff Patton, Debbie Manners, Henry & Paulette Matson, and Ken Goldstein.

Located in an economically disadvantaged neighbored, the Family Resource Center’s Learning Lab offers a broad range of free services – including tutoring, SAT prep classes, college-application assistance and one-on-one mentoring to students ages 5-18. It is the only free resource of its kind in the community, and has helped area youth receive millions of dollars in scholarships to the top universities in the nation. Guest had the opportunity to meet one of those students, Alejandra Negrete, who shared her story in person and in the video “Learning a Different Way.” Alejandra is currently attending the University of California, Irvine with a full scholarship. According to Alejandra, “Without the Learning Lab, I’d probably be at home with a minimum wage job.” Today, she is aiming higher and plans to become a lawyer. Click here to watch the “Learning a Different Way” video.

Commenting on the Celebrating Children Award recipients, Hathaway-Sycamores’ President and CEO Debra Manners said, “Paulette and Henry Matson are champions and ambassadors of the work we do at Hathaway-Sycamores. Their commitment to creating opportunities for the kids we serve is making a difference in the community, one child at a time.”

This year’s Celebrating Children Awards Reception was chaired by Hathaway-Sycamores’ Board member Ken Goldstein. Special thanks also are extended to this year’s Celebrating Children major corporate sponsors, including: The Gas Company/Sempra Energy; Lucas Horsfall; The Morrison & Foerster Foundation; The Resort at Pelican Hill; Wells Fargo; Bob Smith Toyota; Earthlink; Green Hasson Janks; Kaiser Permanente; Omidyar Foundation; Bob & Gregg Smith; The Story Plant; and Western Asset. Deep gratitude additionally is expressed to individual major sponsors, including: Paulette and Henry Matson; Gayle and Michael Galper; Penny Kirby; Harvey Knell; Steve Madison; Jim Huser; Lisa and Brad Freer; Jay Greaves and David Sigmund; Shelley and Ken Goldstein; Hilary and Scott Hodgkins; Paulette and Bob Lang; Debbie Manners; Bessie Ramirez Ruiz and Luis Ruiz; Annsley and George Strong; Nancy and Gino Thomas; and Jan Hotchkin Tinoco and Mark Tinoco.

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