Celebrating Children Raises Nearly $80,000

Posted by on Sep 25, 2012 in Events | 0 comments

The picturesque La Cañada Flintridge home of Vivian and Mozaffar Afshar served as an inviting backdrop for Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services’ 2012 Celebrating Children Awards Reception. Some 225 people attended the annual event, which raised nearly $80,000 for the more 9,000 children and families served each year by Hathaway-Sycamores.

Hathaway-Sycamores Celebrating Children Award Reception 2012

Rob Myers, Rick Llamas, Cindy Smith, Richard R. Frank, Rachael Worby and William Martone

Among the evening’s highlights was the presentation of Hathaway-Sycamores’ Celebrating Children Awards, which honors an individual or family—along with a business—that exemplifies the values of integrity, leadership and commitment to the well-being of children, adults, families, and communities. This year’s honorees were the Frank family and Llamas Plastics, Inc. (To see more photographs from the event please visit our facebook page.)

The Individual Award was presented to the Frank Family by Tim MacDonald who—along with his wife, Kathy—received the 2011 Celebrating Children Individual Award. In making the presentation to Richard R. Frank, president and chief executive officer of Lawry’s Restaurants, Inc., MacDonald noted that the Frank family has been shaping philanthropy in the Pasadena area for many years. He added they have given time, talent and treasure to improve the lives of children and families in need. Hathaway-Sycamores has been among the fortunate recipients of the Frank’s compassionate commitment, starting in the 1980’s, when matriarch Mary Alice Frank joined the agency’s Board of Directors and went on to chair the Board. The Hathaway-Sycamores’ torch was then passed to Mary Alice’s son, Richard R. Frank, who joined Hathaway-Sycamores’ Board in 1990, served as Chair from 1999 to 2001, and was named an Emeritus Board Member in 2002. Beyond their service on Hathaway-Sycamores’ Board, the Frank family has been longtime supporters of several agency fundraisers, including the Shot-at-a-Million Golf Classic and Dinners From the Heart.

Parsons Corporation’s Chairman and CEO Chuck Harrington was on hand to present the Celebrating Children Business Award to Llamas Plastics, Inc; Parsons was the Celebrating Children Business Award recipient last year. Rick Llamas and Cindy Smith accepted the award on behalf of their father Oswaldo “Ozzie,” founder of Llamas Plastics, who had recently passed away.

As Harrington pointed out, in addition to its leadership role in the aerospace industry as manufacturers of windshields, canopies, and other critical components for commercial and military aircraft, Llamas Plastics also has forged a leadership role in relation to helping children in need. For more than 20 years, in fact, Llamas Plastics has been playing Santa for the youngsters cared for by Hathaway-Sycamores. Aside from donating hundreds of holiday gifts, Llamas Plastics has actively participated in Hathaway-Sycamores’ Vocational Internship Program (VIP), through which teens who are emancipating from the foster-care system receive support services, including job training. Thus far, Llamas Plastics has employed six VIP participants. In fact, among the evening’s more memorable moments were moving remarks made by Selenia Lagos. Lagos—who lives in Altadena—is a VIP participant who joined Llamas Plastics in March of this year as an office assistant.

Commenting on the Celebrating Children Award recipients, Hathaway-Sycamores’ President and CEO William Martone said, “Tonight’s honorees, the Frank Family and Llamas Plastics, both share deep roots and a long history with Hathaway-Sycamores, and without their longstanding support our organization would not be able to help nearly as many children and families as we do. Both are absolutely deserving of this award, and Hathaway-Sycamores is extremely appreciative of all that they have done.”

The fund-raising event was emceed by MUSE/IQUE Artistic Director and Conductor Rachael Worby. Worby, who holds musical workshops for the youngsters receiving residential care at Hathaway-Sycamores’ El Nido campus in Altadena, provided some of the evening’s entertainment by directing a ballet dancer and a violinist in an engaging performance.


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