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Lutheran Social Services Holds Inaugural Color of Hope Gala
By Sentinel News Service
Published November 3, 2022

Dr. LaSharnda Beckwith (Courtesy photo)

Lutheran Social Services of Southern California (LSSSC) – a leading provider of social services programs in Southern California – will present its inaugural Color of Hope Gala on Friday, November 11 at the Marriott at California State University Fullerton.

The evening will begin with a champagne reception and silent auction at 5:00 p.m. followed gourmet dinner, program, live auction and a live musical performance by New City Parish Choir. Led by Music Minister Mark Coates, New City Parish is a collection of select choir members from eight churches in the metropolitan Los Angeles area. Special guest presenter is renowned motivational speaker, professional life-coach and LSSSC CEO Dr. LaSharnda Beckwith along with others served by the nonprofit’s life-saving initiatives.

Longtime supporters Bruce and Debbie Dannemeyer are honorary chairs while William and Audrey Dahlgren are the Corporate Award recipients. Performer Mark J. Thomas will serve as Master of Ceremonies.


“We are truly honored to serve as the honorary chairs for Lutheran Social Services first fundraising gala and encourage the entire community to attend in support of our extensive social services throughout Southern California,” said Bruce and Debbie Dannemeyer.

William and Audrey Dahlgren are considered Lifetime Achievement awardees as the most impactful contributors to LSSSC over the past ten years. Owner and founder of Airtech International in Huntington Beach, William Dahlgren serves as Chief Elder at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Rancho Palos Verdes. His wife Audrey, a retired schoolteacher in the Palos Verdes Unified School District, is head of the Preschool Board where they carry the torch of family tradition among their children and grandchildren

Licensed in six counties, Lutheran Social Services provides local programs and case management, a food pantry, housing counseling, peer training programs and provides victim assistance to those who have experienced domestic or other forms of violence.

General admission tickets are $150 or $50 for virtual attendance and available by visiting https://www.lsssc.org/colorofhopegala/

Major sponsors include Thrivent, Surf City Group, H.E. Durbin Wealth Advisor, Concordia University, Kingsbridge Technologies, Pacific Southwest District (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod), Jones Bell, Tovey/Shultz Construction, Inc., Enterprise Fleet Management, Carriage Trade Insurance Agency.

The Fullerton Marriott at California State University is located at 2701 Nutwood Ave. in Fullerton and complimentary parking will be provided.


To learn more about Lutheran Social Services Southern California visit, www.lsssc.org or call (714) 685-1800 ext. 1213.



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