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Path Achieve announces its new name

September 13, 2011|By Ruth Sowby
  • Path Achieve Glendale Gala guests are, from left, Robert and Cindy Ortiz, joined by Board Chair Nick Lam. (Photo by Ruth Sowby)
Path Achieve Glendale Gala guests are, from left, Robert…

Glendale’s Path Achieve celebrated its fifth anniversary in style. Its gala celebration, “Breaking News,” was held on Saturday (Sept. 10) at the ABC7 Broadcast Center in Glendale. More than 400 supporters dipped into appetizers and wine tasting on the back lot surrounded by dozens of looming blue news vans. For one night only, event sponsors took on the titles of news director, executive producer, producer or news writer, based on their level of sponsorship.

Path Achieve’s Board Chair Nick Lam described the organization’s humble roots — a Glendale warehouse transformed into a Homeless Access Center and emergency shelter. Today, Path Achieve helps more than 1,000 homeless people a year.

As twilight fell on the back lot, guests gathered for dinner in a mammoth sound stage. Lights were dimmed to create as intimate a setting as possible. Gleaming warmers with servers behind them stood ready to provide guests with a sumptuous dinner buffet.


Master of Ceremonies Phillip Palmer of ABC7 Eyewitness News introduced Glendale Mayor Laura Friedman.

Following dinner, but before a mouth-watering dessert of chocolate cherry bread pudding, the live auction began. The star item had to be special seating for two at a taping of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Also tossed into the package was luxury limo service for pickup and drop off at the auction winner’s home. The auction wound up raising more than $40,000. Auction sponsors included Lam, Bruce and Debbie Hinckley and Nancy and Chip Stone. All are board members.

Glendale partiers spotted in the crowd were more board members Silva Hameline, Mia Lee and Barry McComb. City big-wigs present included Fire Chief Harold Scoggins, City Manager Jim Starbird, retired Assistant City Manager Bob McFall, Glendale Unified School District Board President Joylene Wagner and Glendale Arts’ Barry McComb.

At the end of the party, Lam explained the evening’s “Breaking News” theme. Path Achieve will establish itself as an organization independent from its parent company, PATH Partners. Path Achieve’s new name was also revealed—Ascencia, Lifting People Out of Homelessness. More changes will include a new headquarters’ building on Tyburn and the addition of a nine-unit apartment complex nearby.

Lam estimated that the evening’s proceeds were expected to reach more than $300,000, with each dollar earmarked for Glendale’s homeless.

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