SVDP hosts fundraiser for Circle V Ranch Camp

Honorees, presenters and Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles leadership at the society’s fund-raiser for their Circle V Ranch Camp benefiting underserved children May 29. — Credit: ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY

Underserved kids who have lost everything gain a week of happiness at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Circle V Ranch Camp each summer.

To support the camp and its young clientele, the May 29 “Mardi Gras in May” benefit dinner & awards ceremony at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles raised funds to send 1,200 children to camp this summer.

Additionally, the event honored Bishop Gordon D. Bennett, Deborah Estes, the Polenzani Family and Shoe Palace for their service to the Church and community.

Bishop Bennett, a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), is a product of Los Angeles marking his golden jubilee in 2014. The former president of Loyola High School served as an auxiliary bishop of Baltimore and bishop of Mandeville, Jamaica, before he retired, and has extensive experience in educational administration, cultural diversity, church leadership and Ignition spirituality and formation.

Estes is chair and president of Specialty Family Foundation, which seeks to alleviate the conditions that lead to persistent poverty, primarily expanding educational opportunities in low-income communities and treatment for substance abuse and alcoholism.

Tom Polenzani, founder of Polenzani Benefits, and Elizabeth Polenzani, professor emeritus at Pasadena City College, live lives guided by service to their community. Their affiliations include the Red Cross, United Way, City of Hope, Child Care Information Service and St. Elizabeth Church.

KCAL-TV journalist Sylvia Lopez served as emcee for the event.


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Easter and beyond

Anne Hansen

We move quickly from our major religious holidays each year. It’s not intentional. Life hurries along and as soon as the sun sets on one holiday the next is being touted by merchants looking to sell us whatever the next big day brings. To remain in the spirit of the religious holiday — in this case Easter — takes deliberate intention.

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April 25, 2015

  • Saturday, April 25

    Super Groovy 5K Run/Walk, 8 a.m., Woodley Park, 6350 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys. Sponsored by St. Euphrasia School, this year’s “Super Groovy” theme celebrates the school’s 50th anniversary of its founding in 1964 and serves as a tribute to that nostalgic era of peace and love — the 60’s. At the finish line, all runners and walkers will be puffed with clouds of psychodelic color. Registration $25-$40. For more information, contact Susie Sempelsz, (818) 488-1598. info@knights5k.org.

    5th Annual Car Show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Junipero Serra High School, 14830 S Van Ness Ave., Gardena. Featuring classics, hot rods, and muscle cars as well as food, music, vendors and raffles. (310) 324-6675. la-serrahs.org.

    Challenge Weekend for Men, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and April 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Povorello Retreat House, 1519 Woodworth St., San Fernando. Presented by St. John Eudes and Our Lady of Grace Men’s Fellowships. Men will not board overnight; lunch is provided both days. $90 or donation. Register at knowingweekend.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Fred Perez, (818) 749-5126.

    First Annual Sacred Heart High School Gala, 5 p.m., Los Angeles City College New Student Activities Center, 855 N Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. Proceeds from the event, themed “United to Empower,” will benefit the Comet Scholarship Fund.



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