The Whole Child Celebrates Honorees with a Starry Night

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April 24, 2019

On April 12, 2019, The Whole Child, a leading non-profit organization providing mental health, housing, parenting enrichment and nutrition services to at-risk children and families in southeast Los Angeles County, celebrated its honorees Michael Schirm and Maria Segovia of Pacific Western Bank for nearly 10 years of commitment to their mission to help families raise emotionally and physically healthy children and have a place to call home.  The event exceeded fundraising and attendance goals and provided the agency with much-needed unrestricted funds for its Mental Health and Housing programs.
The “Starry Night” event took place in their hometown of Whittier, California in the beautiful Friendly Hills neighborhood at the home of TWC Board Member, Alex & Irma Moisa.   Guests participated in live and silent auctions, as well as in a raffle where one lucky guest walked away with a two roundtrip Southwest Airline tickets generously donated by Southwest Airlines. 
“It takes a village to raise a child and it takes an entire community to lift up vulnerable families,” shares Constanza Pachon, CEO of The Whole Child.  “We are incredibly grateful for all of our supporters, partners and the community at large that gathered at The Whole Child fundraiser last Friday to recognize that is takes an investment to fulfill our mission.”
The Whole Child serves over 9,500 children and families annually; it tackles some of the most pressing issues faced by vulnerable communities: child emotional-behavioral disorders and trauma, family homelessness, parental neglect and abuse, and the growing child obesity epidemic.  Through its programs, The Whole Child partners with families using a strengths-based approach to create nurturing environments where children can thrive and stabilize families going through challenging times.
The success of the event lies with our supporters, which include our sponsors, community partners and community at large, with whom we are forever grateful. 
A special thank you to our event sponsors: Galaxy Sponsor: Pacific Western Bank, Celestial Sponsors: Athens Services, The Core Group, and PIH Health, Constellation Sponsors: Alex & Irma Moisa, Dr. Jerry & Janice Roodzant, Monica Alfaro Welling, The Richman Group, IOTEC, DMJ Insurance, Manhole Adjusting Inc., and our Shooting Star Sponsors: Golden Rule Community Development Corporation, Citizens Business Bank, Fabio Soto State Farm Agency, Rose Hills Memorial Park and Gary & Victoria Martinez.

From Left: Honorees Michael Schirm and Maria Segovia with Pacific Western Bank with The Whole Child CEO, Constanza Pachon

From Left: Monica Alfaro Welling, Robert Quist, Janice Roodzant, Chairman Lyonel Alexandre, Alex Moisa, Thedora Nickel, and CEO, Constanza Pachon.

The Whole Child Starry Night Live Auction

The Whole Child (TWC) is a non-profit organization established in 1957 by community members who saw a need for children in vulnerable communities to gain access to mental health therapy.  Today their mission has evolved to help families raise emotionally and physically healthy children and have a place to call home.  The Whole Child lives its mission through providing mental health, housing, parent enrichment, and nutrition services to at-risk families in Los Angeles County.   For more information, please visit us online at www.thewholechid.org.

Micki Charley, Communications & Community Engagement Manager
(562) 692-0383 ext. 265