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7th Annual Beacon of Hope Gala

September 13, 2018 by Susan Armendariz

Dear friends,

Please join us at the USC Caruso Center on Saturday, October 6, 2018, where Nativity will host a truly extraordinary event benefiting the children of Nativity School in South Los Angeles. I am referring to Nativity’s 7th Annual Beacon of Hope Inspiration Gala; Mana’olana, meaning hope, honoring Specialty Family Foundation for their years of dedication to inner-city Catholic schools. Specialty Family Foundation’s largest programmatic emphasis and most hands-on area is their focus on Archdiocese of Los Angeles inner-city Catholic schools. They provide opportunities for these schools to dramatically enhance and grow their capacities in marketing, developing and academic resources in sophisticated, effective and sustainable ways.

Don’t wait, get a table of friends and family together. Leave your ties and heals at home, come dressed in Hawaiian Attire and then, sit back, relax and imagine warm, tropical breezes as we transport you to the beautiful Hawaiian Islands for an evening in paradise. We look forward to working together with our donors and friends to make this year’s event the best one ever.

Specialty Family Foundation is our Beacon of Hope!

God Bless!

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About Our 2018 Honoree

Specialty Family Foundation was launched in 2006 by Dr. James B. and Joan C. Peter. Its roots stem from a combination of the Peter family’s faith, passions and values combined with Dr. Peter’s driven, evidence-based, innovative approach to his pursuits and life-changing work through the company he founded, Specialty Laboratories, Inc.

The Peters were devoutly Catholic and strong believers in the value of Catholic education. They, their extended family, and their children all attended Catholic schools and credit the quality education and core values gained there with their success in work and life. They believed in the value of Catholic education for the educationally at-risk and economically disadvantaged, but saw the need for systemic change and innovative strategies in order for inner-city Catholic schools to thrive. Specialty Family Foundation’s largest programmatic emphasis and most hands-on area is our focus on Archdiocese of Los Angeles inner-city Catholic schools. The Foundation aims to build sustainable and excellent inner-city Catholic schools through increased business capacity, increased academic capacity and student growth, and increased academic and financial transparency.

The Peters also believed in the importance of effective prevention and treatment of substance abuse, particularly intergenerational substance abuse in the lives of the impoverished. They instilled in the Foundation’s culture a commitment to supporting innovative programs that seek to empower families with the education and skills needed to prevent the children in those families from becoming adults who will become impoverished and struggling with the same addictions.

Today, Dr. and Mrs. Peter’s legacy is carried on by six surviving children and one grandchild who make up the Specialty Family Foundation Board of Directors along with four trusted independent Directors. The Board is chaired by their daughter, Deborah A. Estes.


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