Supporters Celebrate A Night for the Family
On March 1 the Boone Center for the Family (BCFF ) hosted its first “A Night for the Family.” The event was designed to encourage and challenge attendees to consider the legacy they are personally leaving to future generations, and to celebrate the creative programming and outreach conducted by BCFF.
The evening convened with dinner in the Seaver Board Room at the Malibu campus, where 65 leaders gathered to affirm BCFF ‘s commitment to families and efforts to partner with organizations in Los Angeles, California, and through the Pepperdine constituency. Pepperdine University president Andrew Benton, GSEP dean Margaret Weber, and BCFF ‘s namesake, Pat and Shirley Boone, were in attendance.
A highlight of the evening was the introduction of the new chairs of the BCFF Advisory Board, Dr. Bill and Stephanie Beazley. Dr. Beazley, a long-term supporter, shared his personal commitment to strengthen households, noting that if our family vitality declines we will be deeply challenged as a city, a state, and a country. Dr. Beazley then introduced the Boones who had just returned from a trip to Israel.
They shared their early family life, telling stories of how they managed to balance Pat’s life in the entertainment industry, college, marriage, and four children before the age of 23, and how they have made it through to celebrate their 57th wedding anniversary. They gave the credit to their faith, the constant which stabilized their marriage and family from the beginning.
The program continued with a short presentation by Hannah Parmelee (’02) and Krystal Chapman who oversee the BCFF Relationship IQ Initiative, which informs students on relationship issues and equips them to develop and maintain healthy relationships.
Next, Maurice Hilliard, assistant women’s basketball coach, shared his own tale of growing up in inner-city Los Angeles. During high school he was bused to school in Beverly Hills, learning to believe that he could become more than he ever thought he could be. He shared insights as a Relationship IQ educator and a partner with BCFF ‘s Fatherhood Initiative. He spoke passionately about how BCFF executive director Dr. Ken Canfield’s leadership and personal discipleship has impacted his life, and that through that relationship he was able to complete his first book which will be available this summer.
Jack Hardcastle, president of the National Association of Family Ministries was present to share his vision for family ministries through the faith community and how BCFF has become instrumental in raising the professionalism in the delivery of services through the faith community.
With the area of Family Ministry growing so rapidly, Jack has chosen to partner with BCFF to maximize the number of individuals who can be reached through a combined effort.
Grant Goodvin, founder of the Family Legacy Consultant Group, shared how the BCFF ‘s foray into the arena of family business succession was going to be a tremendous asset in this developing field. Goodvin, a veteran of owning and managing family businesses reported that family issues must be reckoned with before any successful financial or asset issues can be resolved. Goodvin stated that BCFF is a unique organization, as it is the only one which approaches family business from the vantage point of family process and not in business terms alone.
Following these presentations, attendees were treated to a performance of Susie Sandager’s one-woman show, Time with Corrie, chronicling the life of Holocaust heroine Corrie Ten Boom. Held in Pepperdine’s Raitt Recital Hall, Sandager’s rousing rendition of Ten Boom stirred the crowd, bringing many to tears as she reenacted Ten Boom’s tireless and life-threatening sacrifices to hide Jews during the Holocaust, which claimed the lives of her father, sister, and brother.
The night concluded with Rabbi Eliyahu Fink giving an address on effective parenting. Fink recognized BCFF ‘s contribution to fathering literature as important and vital to families, and stated that the true test of effective parenting is best measured by grown children emulating their parents with their grandchildren.