Community service although noble, is often a thankless endeavor.

St. Joseph Center looks to rectify that this spring.

On Saturday, May 4, St. Joseph will host its annual gala benefit “Voices of Hope” at the Skirball Center. The gala is an opportunity to recognize the contributions of individuals who serve the center and have overcome adversity to help vulnerable community members achieve self-sufficiency.

“St. Joseph Center’s success is built on a diverse group of supporters who believe deeply in our mission to empower the least fortunate members of our community so they can create powerful change in their own lives,” said St. Joseph Center Executive Director Va Lecia Adams.

Los Angeles City Councilman-elect Mike Bonin, will be recognized with the Founders Award for his community service and longtime support of St. Joseph.

Joan Payden, CEO of Payden & Rygel, will be honored with the Hope Through Empowerment Award. Payden is being acknowledged for her 30-year commitment to helping vulnerable members of the community.

Matt Hirshberg, a graduate of St. Joseph Center’s culinary training program, will receive the Voice of Hope Award.

For tickets to St. Joseph Center’s 37th annual benefit gala, contact Valerie Harwin at or call (310) 396-6468.

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