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On February 1, our Erika J. Glazer and Mann Family Early Childhood Centers held their Annual Gala: After Hours @ Wilshire. All proceeds from this amazing night help support scholarships and enrichments for our Early Childhood Centers. We are all so fortunate to be part of such a committed, passionate, and generous community. It gave us great pride and joy to see our community of parents come together in support of our schools to benefit the scholarship fund and operating budget. 

What does it mean to be part of our schools? It means volunteering, getting involved, and serving on more than 37 Parent Association committees. Fred Rogers stated, “Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.” We have so many heroes in our early childhood community who give so much of their time and love to our school. 

A huge thank-you goes out to our Parent Association presidents, Deena Fleiner and Dianna Mannheim Sternberg, who spend endless hours overseeing our early childhood committees. We appreciate your moral compasses and for always keeping us on the right path. Thank you to our remarkable Gala Chairs, Lina Cohan, Alexandra Nechita, Katherine Villasenor, and Michelle Yampolosky. We so appreciate your dedication and hard work on this event. Under your leadership, this year’s Gala created a strong sense of community and teamwork! Thank you as well to all the members of our incredible 2020 Gala Committee for making this year’s event a smashing success and to all of the families who attended and contributed so generously. 

Finally, thank you to PA Vice President Carolyn Shapiro for her tireless efforts for our schools. We have been so fortunate to have your guidance and range of contributions to help us thoughtfully plan for and execute our gala for the past four years. 

An extra thank-you goes out to the parent volunteers who assisted the committee in its endeavors. This night would not have been possible without you: Candice Naysan, Julia Ramin, Peggy Saville, and Claudine Shokouhi. 

Thank you to the heavenly angels, our sponsors, who have underwritten a variety of the Gala’s aspects. We also greatly appreciate all of the amazing volunteers who have supported our programs. Most importantly, thank you to your remarkable children, who inspire us daily to make this program the best it can be.