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La Verne: David & Margaret To Host Annual Gala

Staff Reports

La Verne – Each year, tens of thousands of children “age out” of the foster care system at age 18. Turning 18 means losing support – financial, educational, social, and otherwise – that these youth count on. Their peers in the general population get support from their families throughout emerging adulthood, becoming more independent. But when children leave foster care without having a permanent family when they age out, what should be a gradual transition often becomes an abrupt loss that puts them at risk of negative outcomes.

Consider making their future a success by attending or being a donor to David & Margaret Youth and Family Services’ 2015 Annual Gala. The Monte Carlo-themed fund raiser will be held on Fri., Oct. 16, at 6 p.m., in the Avalon Room of the Sheraton Fairplex in Pomona.  The Gala includes a gourmet meal, live music, casino-style gaming, silent auction, and more!

The 2015 Annual Gala is part of the Campaign for David & Margaret, in support of a new 36-unit supportive housing complex currently under construction to provide assistance for children transitioning out of foster care and low-income families. The Campaign will also fund a new Youth Workforce Training Center, a not-for-profit store and café, allow for facility and infrastructure improvements, and create an endowment fund to sustain the agency long term.

Founded in 1910, D&M serves more than 1,000 clients annually through a comprehensive range of services. These include residentially based programs for adolescent girls, a foster family agency, adoption assistance, mental health services, treatment for learning disabilities, school and community-based education, and mentoring programs. The agency also has a chemical dependency unit that is certified by the State of California. Its specialized non-public Joan Macy School serves special education students in Grades 1-12 from D&M, as well as students from area school districts.

Event sponsorships are available that include admission and advertising in the event program. Silent auction donations are also welcomed and will also be acknowledged in the program. For more information, contact Publicity Coordinator, Julie Griffith, at GriffithJ@DavidandMargaret.org, or call (909) 596-5921, ext. 3180.

If you are unable to participate in this year’s gala, please consider making a gift today at http://tinyurl.com/DavidandMargaret-com-giving or contact Development Director, Michael Urquidez, at UrquidezM@DavidandMargaret.org, or call (909) 596-5921, ext. 3246 to learn more about other ways to support the agency’s mission and services.

KaBOOM! A New Playground

Photo Courtesy:  Julie Griffith Volunteers move a newly assembled piece of playground equipment onto David & Margaret Youth and Family Services’ new playground. The playground and related structures were organized by KaBOOM!!, funded by The Walt Disney Company, and constructed by volunteers from David & Margaret, The Walt Disney Company, Club Penguin, and the La Verne community on May 28.

Photo Courtesy: Julie Griffith
Volunteers move a newly assembled piece of playground equipment onto David & Margaret Youth and Family Services’ new playground. The playground and related structures were organized by KaBOOM!!, funded by The Walt Disney Company, and constructed by volunteers from David & Margaret, The Walt Disney Company, Club Penguin, and the La Verne community on May 28.

La Verne – More than 390 kids now have a new opportunity to get the balanced and active play they need so they can thrive. An empty lot was transformed into a kid-designed play space in less than eight hours with the help of more than 200 people from the David & Margaret Youth and Family Services, Disney and Disney Club Penguin, area residents, and organizers from KaBOOM!.

“For many years, we have wanted to have a playground where the youth we work with would have regular and easy access and where they could creatively play in a more open environment,” says Charles Rich, Executive Director at David & Margaret Youth and Family Services. “Up until this amazing opportunity we received from KaBOOM! and Disney, it has been cost prohibitive. We can’t say enough about how excited our students and clients were to be a part of building this playground for them.”

A playground is more than a playground. It’s a brain-expander, friend-maker, and muscle-builder. Play is central to a child’s ability to grow into a productive adult. The design is based on children’s drawings created at a special event in March. Their ideas were then incorporated into the final playground design.

Disney Club Penguin – the number one virtual world for kids – believes that everyone deserves a safe, fun place to play, learn and grow. Since 2007, Club Penguin has donated over $12 million to projects to make the world a better place.

“We’re proud to participate in this playground build and excited to represent our Club Penguin community, which cares deeply about all kids having a safe place to play,” said Chris Heatherly, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Disney Interactive. “A safe place to play, whether in the online world or offline, enables kids to have the freedom to be creative, use their imaginations and express themselves.”

Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to the goal of ensuring that all children get the balanced and active play they need to thrive because play matters. The new playground is one of many made possible with support from Disney as part of the “Magic of Healthy Living,” an initiative that partners with parents to inspire kids to lead healthier lifestyles. By the end of 2015, Disney’s support will bring the magic of play to over 83,000 kids and families.

“Play is central to a child’s ability to grow into a healthy and productive adult,” said Kevin Callahan, Vice President of community and engagement, Corporate Citizenship at Disney. “Disney is proud to join KaBOOM!  and accelerate efforts that move every child to play every day – at home, in school, and in the community. Together, we hope to make places to play more accessible, and inspire kids and families to stay active.”

 

La Verne Murder Suspect In Custody

Photo Courtesy:  LASD Murder victims, Shirley and Armie Isom

Photo Courtesy: LASD
Murder victims, Shirley and Armie Isom

By Claire Lewis

La Verne – On Wed., May 6, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) held a press conference to provide an update on the double homicide that occurred on Dec. 26, 2014.

On that grim Friday last winter, Shirley Isom, 74, and her husband, Armie Isom, 89, were found stabbed to death in their home in the 300 block of Roughrider Road in La Verne.  Although a male suspect was seen in the area, no arrests have been made thus far.

The press conference revealed that Homicide Detectives have identified suspect Luke Fabela, a 23-year old male Hispanic.  Fabela is currently in custody in another county, on unrelated charges.

Detectives are continuing to be diligent in their investigation, and are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact the LASD Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.  .  If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

Suspect At Large In La Verne Murders

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Staff Reports

La Verne – On Fri., Dec. 26, at approximately 1:30 p.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Homicide Detectives responded to the 300 block of Roughrider Road in the city of La Verne to investigate a stabbing incident. At the scene, a female adult was pronounced dead, and a male adult was transported to a local hospital in critical condition; he succumbed to his injuries shortly thereafter.

Detectives learned that a Grounds Keeper found the married couple unresponsive inside the location and contacted the San Dimas Sheriff’s Station. Further investigation found the victims to be Shirley Isom, 74, and Armie “Troy” Isom, 89.

According to LASD, a multitude of detectives and forensic specialists have been involved in the investigation since the beginning. The expansive residence of the victims and its large-scale surrounding property led to a crime scene investigation that spanned several days. In addition, detectives have interviewed family members and many area residents in an effort to determine the identity of the suspect(s) and a possible motive.

At press time, no definitive conclusions have developed and diligent investigation will continue.
Detectives are working to identify and locate a Hispanic male who was seen walking on the roadways in the area around the time the crime was discovered. He was wearing a hooded jacket and was carrying a backpack on his back. It is unknown if this man is connected to the crime, but detectives are seeking to interview him.

LASD held a Press Conference on Jan. 7 to discuss the double-murder investigation thus far, and to seek the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect.

Anyone who has information about the person of interest, or anything to do with this crime, is asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.