Craig and Kimberly Darian to Chair Event Recognizing
Avery & Andy Barth for Support of St. Anne’s
San Marino’s Avery and Andrew Barth will accept the Angel Award from St. Anne’s on April 16 at “Evening of Angels,” the nonprofit’s annual gala that will be held at the Langham Huntington Hotel.
Opened in 1908 as a safe refuge for unwed mothers, St. Anne’s has evolved into a highly regarded social service agency. Dating back to 1982, the Angel Award is given to those who have impacted St. Anne’s work through leadership and philanthropy.
“We are honored to recognize Avery and Andy’s leadership, generosity and philanthropy,” said Tony Walker, president and chief executive officer of St. Anne’s.
As committed donors and volunteers, Avery and Andy Barth credit their parents, who taught them lessons about giving. The Barths work tirelessly to help others overcome barriers to well-being – just as their parents did.
“My mother and father were very generous even when they didn’t have much,” Andy recalled. “My mom would write out five- or 10-dollar checks to those who were far less fortunate.”
Avery – who grew up in San Marino – started volunteering at age 13 with her mother, the late Tinker Bayle, through the National Charity League. By volunteering in organizations like the Girls’ Club and Ability First, “I became aware of the challenges in families,” says Avery, “and so we have always been active in the community in supporting groups like St. Anne’s.”
The Barths were introduced to St. Anne’s by their good friends Craig and Kimberly Darian. “Avery and I had been to St. Anne’s Summit events,” says Andy. “The spirit with which St. Anne’s looks after these underage mothers is very touching and very heartwarming.” A former elementary schoolteacher, Avery appreciated the Early Learning Center. “The quality of the child care was amazing,” she says. “It was near and dear to my heart to see the fabulous things going on at the center.”
Avery also credits St. Anne’s with keeping families intact. “I went to parenting classes,” she says. “Having resources for raising children and for becoming better parents helps everyone grow and prosper.”
A native of New York City, Andy earned his bachelors and MBA from Columbia University. Born in New Orleans, Avery received her degree in Education from USC. The Barths married in 1988 and have four children, ages 19 to 25, all of whom graduated from San Marino High School. Andy is chairman of Capital Guardian Trust Company, a division of the Capital Group Companies, which is a global investment management firm.
Avery and Andy have numerous philanthropic interests in K-12 education, higher education, child well-being, science, the arts and health care. “I think we all need to make this world a better place,” says Andy. “It’s important to send that message. It’s part of good parenting, leadership and mentoring.”
All proceeds from Evening of Angels benefit St. Anne’s and programs that assist abused, abandoned, neglected and challenged young women and their children, as well as low-income families.
To sponsor Evening of Angels or purchase tickets, please visit give.stannes.org/angels or call Blythe Maling at (213) 381-2931, x229.