updated 9/23/2010 5:15:25 AM ET 2010-09-23T09:15:25

ORANGE, Calif., Sept. 22, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Canyon Acres Children and Family Services, a Southern California charity organization committed to providing homes, care, treatment and supportive services for abused, neglected and emotionally troubled children and their families, and Speech and Language Development Center, an organization that assists children and adults with special needs, today announced 'An Evening Under the Stars' will take place at 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 3 at Antonello Ristorante. Event proceeds will benefit Canyon Acres and Speech and Language Development Center (SLDC).

An Evening Under the Stars is an annual event sponsored by I Padrini d'Antonello, a group of businessmen who privately support children's causes. Every year, the group honors an individual with its Shining Star award for philanthropic efforts in the community. This year's recipient is Dick Marconi, a distinguished Orange County philanthropist and friend of children.

Event sponsors include Antonello Ristorante, A. Gary Anderson Family Foundation, California Sunset Escrow, Gemini Industries, Harker, Guziak & Sage, TROY Group Inc. and Norco Delivery Services. I Padrini President Windell Stout and long-time Canyon Acres supporter Erin Lastinger will co-chair the event.

Canyon Acres' is known throughout Southern California and beyond for breakthrough programs such as Wraparound and Creating Family Connections (CFC). Wraparound literally helps struggling and at-risk families become "wrapped" by a team of professionals and supportive services, ensuring all children are provided the opportunity to live in safe, stable and healthy homes. CFC searches for and engages long-lost family members of children who otherwise have none, offering a connection that gives children a sense of belonging and hope. CFC finds an average of 12 new family members per child and, since its inception, has helped more than 250 children make over 1600 family connections. This year, Canyon Acres celebrates its 30th anniversary.

Founded in 1955, SLDC is a non-profit school and therapy center, serving children and young adults who have special needs in language, learning, and/or behavior; the Center also includes typically-developing students in Reverse Inclusion classrooms. SLDC students have a broad spectrum of diagnoses, including a high concentration of students with Autism. Students are referred to the Center from more than 45 school districts in Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. The Center is certified by the State Department of Education. For more information, see www.sldc.net .

For tickets to An Evening Under the Stars, please visit www.canyonacres.org or call (714) 383-9335.

ABOUT CANYON ACRES

Canyon Acres Children and Family Services is committed to providing homes, care, treatment and supportive services for abused, neglected and emotionally troubled children and their families. Since 1980, Canyon Acres has been serving children throughout Southern California, providing the highest level of care and therapeutic treatment to children who suffer from a variety of emotional and psychological disorders. Canyon Acres gives children the nurturing, treatment and opportunities they need to grow up in safe, loving, and stable families. For more information about Canyon Acres Children and Family Services, contact Bock Communications at + 1-714-540-1030 or canyonacres@bockpr.com or visit the Canyon Acres Children and Family Services web site at www.canyonacres.org .

ABOUT SLDC

A high staff to student ratio, the presence of therapeutic services on campus as well as an experienced and highly trained staff combine to enable students to succeed at SLDC. A multi-faceted approach, accented by a philosophy of acceptance and flexibility, provide an appropriate 'growth-medium' for students, ages six months to 21 years. For more information, visit www.sldc.net .

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