26th Annual Theater Benefit

On Sunday April 17, 2011 the Center hosted an elegant benefit at the Los Angeles Music Center. The event featured a Patina-catered reception for nearly 400 guests and aperformance of the hottest theatrical show in LA this year, “God of Carnage” (2009 Tony Winner – Best Play). The event raised over $360,000 for the Center of which 90% will be spent on program services.

Top honors went to Lynette Berg Robe, who received the Zephyr M. Ramsey Award and was also recognized as one of the 20 Years of Service recipients and the family law firm of Kolodny & Anteau who received the Hall of Fame Volunteer Award. Other honorees included the Center’s 2010 volunteer award recipients: Natasha Saltz, Frances Wender Kandel Award; Erin Grey, Pro Bono Panel Award; James Whiggam, New Volunteer of the Year; Dean Mellor, 20 Years of Service; Denise Nardi, 20 Years of Service; Jennifer Saunders, 15 Years of Service; Roger Au, 10 Years of Service; Valerie Cohen, 10 Years of Service; Marina Dini, 10 Years of Service; Mary Lawrence Test, 10 Years of Service. In 2010 the Center’s full roster of volunteers contributed over 14,000 hours of donated service. For more information on volunteering at the Harriett Buhai Center please visit the “Get Involved” section of the Center’s website.

Lynette Berg Robe
Zephyr M. Ramsey Award
“There can be no justice unless every voice is heard, and by participating in the Harriett Buhai Center you are helping to ensure that voices will be heard that might otherwise be lost.” – Lynette Berg Robe 4/17/11

Lyne received the Center’s top award because she has been a champion of pro bono work all her professional life. Her trademark patience, integrity and intelligence make her an effective role model, mentor and leader. Believing families are the foundation of our community, Lyne has devoted her efforts to helping low-income parents and children at the Center for over two decades.

Kolodny & Anteau
Hall of Fame Volunteer Award
“I travel around the country a lot and can tell you there is no place like the Harriett Buhai Center.” – Stephen Kolodny 4/17/11

The well-known family law firm Kolodny & Anteau received the Hall of Fame Award because they have supplied nearly 1,000 hours of pro bono legal services to the Center’s indigent clients. The collaboration between the firm and the Center provides representation to people who are powerless and helps address fundamental life problems affecting the health, safety and welfare of poor children.

For more information about the event, contact or 213-388-7505 ext. 317. Please visit the Harriett Buhai Center on Facebook for more event photos! Keep checking this site for information about the 2012 Theater Benefit!