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Child & Family Foundation celebrates 10 years

Diana Cusumano is installed as new chairwoman of Foundation

Posted: January 27, 2010 10:25 p.m.
Updated: January 28, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Bauccio presents Anna Ott with the Outstanding Philanthropist of the Decade Award.

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The Child & Family Center Foundation recently celebrated a decade of fundraising leadership. The Foundation assists the Child & Family Center with its mission of providing mental health, behavioral and educational services for children and families in the SCV.

The Child & Family Center has operated in the SCV since its founding by Liz Siepel and Carol Gelsinger in 1976.

However, the Foundation arm, which organizes fundraising events such as the popular Taste of the Town held in May and other giving opportunities, was founded only 10 years ago.

At a dinner event held at the Center, Diana Cusumano was installed as the Foundation chairwoman by City Councilman Bob Kellar, the installing officer.

Former chairwoman from 1998 to 2002, Ronda Chobanian was inducted as an emeritus board member. Also honored were the emeritus board, Alan Barbakow, DDS and Betty Seldner.

A tearful Joyce Carson was named Volunteer of the Decade. She was overwhelmed with emotion as she clutched the award presented to her by Lois Bauccio, executive director of the Foundation.

"There is no greater cheerleader for our cause, on and off the bench. She works tirelessly for our mission in every possible way," said Bauccio about Carson.

Loud cheers erupted as Carson came forward to receive her award.

Anna Ott was named Outstanding Philanthropist of the Decade.

"Those of us know what she has done quietly in the background and what she continues to do," said Bauccio as she presented the award to Ott.

Cheri Fleming accepted the Outstanding Business of the Decade Award for Valencia Acura.

"There has been no greater business partner to the non-profit community in the last decade than Valencia Acura," said Bauccio. "Always present with a sponsorship, an important auction item or volunteer service what this business has done for the children and families under our care is known by everyone."

Board members of the Foundation include Diane Ayres, Joyce Carson, Barbara Stearns-Cochran, Bill Cooper, Diana Cusumano, Michael DeLorenzo, Robert DiPrimio, Cheri Fleming, John Geraci, Stephanie Graziano, Linda Hafizi, Shelley Hann, Darren Hernandez, Debbie Heys, Janice Hoskinson, Charlotte Kleeman, Doug Kreuzberger, Kenneth Kreyenhagen, Michael Lebecki, Mark LeVang, Jill Mellady, Laina McFerren, Anna Ott, Sondra Paskach, Darrell Paulk, Scott Shepard, Sandra Smith, Candy Spahr, Steve Sturgeon, Jay Thomas, Tony Watson, Marc Winger and Michelle Witken.

For more information about the Child & Family Center visit www.childfamilycenter.org.
mbuttelman@the-signal.com

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