Champions for Families Awards Dinner 2013

The Champions for Families Awards Dinner is El Nido Family Centers’ annual fundraiser to support vital programs as well as to celebrate our friends and supporters. Awards are presented to individuals or organizations for their dedication in assisting under-served, abused or neglected children, adolescents or youth in our community. El Nido’s clients are highlighted as a key part of the evening including; performances, dramatic readings, and sharing individual client’s success stories, all made possible with the support of El Nido’s services. The evening also includes a cocktail reception with a silent auction, a Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) photography exhibit, entertainment and dinner.

Special thanks to the Committee Co-Chairs, Scott Matula, Jeff and Virginia Thomas, who led the wonderful committee comprised of the following members: Aurora Almario, Meghan Barnes, Stuart Berton, Bill Canup, Kim Dabbadie, Elaine Doran, Richard Doran, Sonia Jensen, Liz Herrera, Emily Kaplan, Nan Lee, and Missy Livingston.

This year’s event was a heart-warming evening, filled with creative presentations from El Nido youth, dynamic sponsors and exciting entertainment.

Honorees included The Hon. Zev Yaroslavsky, Robert Scrivner In Memoriam, Jan Kern, and Authentic Entertainment.

El Nido Family Centers proudly presented The Seventh Annual Champions for Families Awards  Dinner at the Skirball Cultural Center, Thursday, September 26, 2013, from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

El Nido’s youth were real stars of the evening, with their photo exhibit, and musical performance. Unlike  other “award dinners,” this event pulled the audience in as clients share their journey via dramatic reading and personal conversations with guests. The Awards Dinner celebrated “88 Years of Cultivating Hope, Trust,  and Growth.”


The Hon. Zev Yaroslavsky: Lifetime Achievement Award for his 40 years of devoted public service as a Los Angeles County Supervisor and Los Angeles City Councilman. His exemplary leadership on many issues has improved the quality of life for millions of people, including those in need of social services like El Nido’s.

Robert W. Scrivner: Visionary Award, In Memoriam, honored for his legacy in leading, inspiring, and forever changing the impact of grant-making and philanthropy as the first director of the Rockefeller Family Fund among his many accomplishments.

Jan Kern: Community Impact Award for her 25 years of important leadership in establishing and leading several non-profit organizations, most sharing El Nido’s commitment to at-risk infants, teens and children.

Authentic Entertainment: Corporate Volunteer Award for its hands-on staff involvement with El Nido and its incredible generosity in sharing their resources and expertise with El Nido’s youth.

El Nido was proud to have Belia Moreno, who was comedian George Lopez’s salty mother on the popular sitcom “George Lopez,” be the MC. Ms. Moreno has been working closely with El Nido’s Gang Reduction Youth Development students on the evening’s dramatic presentations.

Cocktails, live jazz, dinner, and silent auction round out the night.

Please view our Champions for Families Tribute Book for 2013 to see all of our honorees and sponsors.

Check out the highlights from El Nido’s Champions for Families Award Dinner 2012 video…

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