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Avery and Andrew Barth honored at Evening of Angels Gala

San Marino’s Avery and Andrew Barth accepted the Angel Award from St. Anne’s on April 16, 2016 at Evening of Angels, the nonprofit’s annual gala. Over 400 guests gathered at the Langham Huntington in Pasadena as Kimberly and Craig Darian presented the Barths with the honor.

Opened in 1908 as a safe refuge for unwed mothers, St. Anne’s has evolved into one of the most highly regarded social service agencies in the country. Dating back to 1982, the Angel Award is given to those who have impacted St. Anne’s work through leadership and philanthropy. The founders of Alliance of Moms, Danika Charity, Yasmine Delawari Johnson, Jules Leyser. Emily Lynch and Kelly Zajfen also received the Angel Award and Mercedes Boston of West Los Angeles received the Triumph Award that same evening.

The wonder and beauty of St. Anne’s is its ability to treasure the blessing of the single mother while reinforcing the importance of the family…Through the warmth, kindness, support and stability offered by St. Anne’s, these young women do not fall into the emptiness of homelessness, poverty and abuse… their path is changed, a family is preserved and young lives are put on the road to self-respect, self-sufficiency and independence.”

As he presented the Angel Award to Avery and Andrew, longtime friend Craig Darian shared, “They are the kind of people who epitomize the character, and the mission, of the St. Anne’s family… We’re measured less by what we make, than by what we give. By this standard, Andy & Avery live a life worthy of admiration, and imitation.”

In his moving acceptance speech, Andrew Barth reminded a roomful of supporters about the reason they had all gathered, “The wonder and beauty of St. Anne’s is its ability to treasure the blessing of the single mother while reinforcing the importance of the family. Young women bearing children, questioning themselves, frightened by the future, perhaps angry and frustrated, often with no advocates or support, arrive at St. Anne’s. Through the warmth, kindness, support and stability offered by St. Anne’s, these young women do not fall into the emptiness of homelessness, poverty and abuse. Because of St. Anne’s their path is changed, a family is preserved and young lives are put on the road to self-respect, self-sufficiency and independence.”

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