Event Information

The Gala celebrates Seneca Family of Agencies’ foster care and permanency work in Southern California. Seneca’s programs work to build and sustain families for the children who need them, and to prevent disruption at all costs by providing critical mental health support. The national average of adoptions remaining permanent is roughly 75%, which means 25% of children are returned to foster care due to a failed adoption.


With Seneca’s commitment to Unconditional Care – doing whatever it takes to support the success of kids and families – 100% of our adoptions in Orange County remain permanent!


Geoffrey Le Plastrier and Susan Laird

Seneca Leadership Award

Geoffrey has been a prominent leader on Seneca Family of Agencies’ Leadership Board and Governance Board for over twenty years. Together, Geoffrey and Susan have chaired the gala committee and have been instrumental in leading the Forever Families Gala to become Seneca’s premier event. They continually embody Unconditional Care through their dedication to the children Seneca serves.


Wylie and Bette Aitken

Community Impact Award

Seneca will be honoring Wylie and Bette Aitken with the Community Impact Award for the lasting changes they have made on the Orange County community at large. As advocates in the community for survivors of family violence, the arts, and education for the less privileged, the Aitken’s have become visionary philanthropists for children and families in Orange County. We are privileged to consider them a part of the Seneca family and are grateful for this opportunity to honor and celebrate the Aitken’s dedication to this community.


We are excited to safely celebrate Seneca's work with you!  


Ways we are keeping guests safe:

  • Streaming option for those who want to celebrate at home
  • Outdoor cocktail hour 
  • Hand sanitizing stations 
  • Contactless registration
  • Mobile bidding 
  • Masks are encouraged (while indoors)


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