Press Release: ACS Celebrates 40 Years at Spring Sounds

March 23, 2015

Press Contact:
Aarika Riddle
Advancement and Marketing Director
(650) 424-0852 ext. 103

Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS) celebrates 40 years at Spring Sounds
City of Palo Alto to be honored at event for continued support of ACS since 1975

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS), a community-based nonprofit agency dedicated to the healthy social and emotional well-being of youth, will celebrate 40 years of service at its annual gala, Spring Sounds on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 6:30 – 11:00 p.m. at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto. ACS needs to raise at least $155,000 at Spring Sounds in order to continue providing critical and needed social-emotional health services to nearly 10,000 individuals on the Peninsula.

ACS will honor the City of Palo Alto at Spring Sounds for their steadfast commitment to the emotional well-being of local youth. The City of Palo Alto was instrumental in the formation of ACS in 1975, working closely with local police, teachers, school administrators, therapists, and parents who were all concerned about the state of youth in the community. “While ACS has expanded and now serves communities up and down the Peninsula, Palo Alto is where this organization has its roots,” said Dr. Philippe Rey, ACS Executive Director. “As we thought about how to celebrate this anniversary, we felt it was the perfect opportunity to recognize the City of Palo Alto for 40 years of support.”

Assemblymember Rich Gordon of District 24 will serve as the Master of Ceremonies at Spring Sounds. A long-time supporter of emotional and mental health services, Assemblymember Gordon served as Executive Director of Youth and Family Assistance (now StarVista) prior to his political career. He will be joined on stage by auctioneer Alison Lustbader of KLM Auctions. Lustbader also comes with previous ties to the emotional and mental health world. Prior to auctioneering and raising money for deserving non-profits, Lustbader worked for 20 years as a licensed clinical social worker focusing on children and families.

The event will feature a premier silent auction, wine pull, live auction, dinner, and speakers who will demonstrate the importance of ACS over the course of its 40 year history and into the future. The night will conclude with dancing to sounds of The Wildcats, a local classic rock band dedicated to supporting programs related to Palo Alto schools.

ACS is grateful to the sponsors whose generous support makes Spring Sounds possible. Premier Sponsors: Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Presidio Bank; Major Sponsors: Bohannon Foundation and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation; Community Sponsors: Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Iris & Hal Korol; Media Sponsors: Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto Online, and The Almanac; and Design Sponsor: Bayless/Hale Design.

Tickets are $150 each and tables of 10 are $1,500. To learn more about the event or purchase tickets online, please visit

Proceeds from Spring Sounds benefit ACS’ four programs: the On-Campus Counseling Program, providing free individual and group counseling on-site at nine local secondary schools; the Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Program, offering assessment and outpatient treatment for youth struggling with substance use, abuse, or addiction; the After-School Counseling Program, providing affordable individual or family therapy during the afternoon and evening hours; and the Outlet Program, offering support, leadership development, advocacy, and education to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, or Questioning (LGBTQQ) youth and their allies. To learn more about ACS, please visit or call (650) 424-0852.

Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS) empowers youth in our community to find their way through social-emotional support and by building safe, accepting communities. Established in 1975, ACS relies on the generosity of the community to offer critical interventions and mental health services to 10,000 individuals annually, building a better future for tomorrow.  ACS offers year-round services to San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties to adolescents age 10-25 and their families through its On-Campus Counseling Program, Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Program, After-School Counseling Program, and Outlet Program.

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