Community: Gala keeps Ascencia on right track


Train buffs will especially enjoy attending Ascencia’s eighth anniversary gala “All Aboard!” on Saturday at the historic Los Angeles Union Station.

Cathay Bank will receive Ascencia’s Hope and Compassion Award for helping Ascencia accomplish its mission. Nick Lam, vice president of Pacific BMW, is also being honored for serving as president of Ascencia’s board of directors from 2006 to 2013.

Dinner will be catered by Command Performance and live music will be performed by the Trevor Hill Combo.

This formal dinner and live auction event is expected to raise more than $200,000 to support the agency in providing emergency shelter, housing and support services for more than 1,200 homeless men, women and children annually.

Since its founding in 2006, Ascencia has provided housing and support services for nearly 10,000 homeless men, women and children.

Live auction packages include a getaway to MGM Grand in Las Vegas, a vacation condo in Lake Tahoe and a stay-cation package at the Americana at Brand in Glendale. Tickets are $150 each and can be purchased by calling (818) 476-9821 or email


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