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Child & Family celebrates 35th

Anniversary: Center earns $200,000 grant from Weingart Foundation and $20,000 from Kaiser Permanente

Posted: September 15, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 15, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Current and former members of the boards of the Santa Clarita Child & Family Center gather for a photo at the center’s 35th anniversary party.

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The Santa Clarita Child & Family Center, which provides mental health services to children and families in the Santa Clarita Valley, celebrated the center’s 35th anniversary on Friday.

Guests to the event enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and desserts and music by the band Sierra Highway.

During the event, the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Foundation presented a check for $20,000 to the center, said Lois Bauccio, executive director of the Child & Family Center Foundation.

On hand to present the check from Kaiser were Laura Gallardo, Dr. David Wong and Amy Weiss.

The $20,000 Community Benefit Grant was the largest amount the Foundation will grant in a single donation, said Gallardo.

The grant will be used to fund therapy groups in SCV schools, Bauccio said.

“They are so good to us,” Bauccio said.

Bauccio also announced the Center had just received word on Friday that it would receive  a $200,000 grant from the Weingart Foundation.

“This grant is so important to us because we can use the money for services that are endangered because of county and state funding cuts,” Bauccio said.

Darryl Paulk, CEO of the Child & Family Center, said he was overwhelmed by the support shown by the community and others for the important work done by the Center.

“We couldn’t do what we do without the help of the community and so many giving people and organizations,” he said.

Paulk also acknowledged the founders of the center, Liz Seipel, who attended the anniversary party, Carol Gelsinger and Katie Clark.

He thanked Jim Seipel for serving as the founding chairman of the Child & Family Center governing board.

Also attending the 35th anniversary was Bob DiPrimio, the first president of the center’s Foundation board.

After the check presentation and brief remarks, guests were invited to enjoy a piece of birthday cake.

The cake, crafted by Jill’s Cake Creations, was topped with a copy of the Center’s fountain modeled in chocolate.
Sierra Highway, which played throughout the evening, featured Larry Schallert, Frank Hope, Eric Swanson, Richard Espinoza and Catherine Espinoza.

For more information about the Santa Clarita Child & Family Center, visit www.childfamily.center.org.

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