Richstone celebrates 50th anniversary, and former leader Dorothy Courtney

Evening Honoree Dorothy Courtney (center) with family Jay and Colleen Cole, Trish and Jake Courtney, Honorary Tommy Courtney and Richstone Gala co-chair Mary Burke.

photos by Chris Miller

The Richstone Family Center celebrated its 50th Anniversary by honoring Dorothy Courtney, its longest-serving CEO, at a sold-out dinner at Sony Pictures Studios on Saturday, April 20. During Courtney’s 24 years of leadership, Richstone grew from a “small home in Hawthorne with a chinchilla farm out back,” serving 35 local families, to a 12,000-square-foot facility serving thousands of families.  During the evening Richstone CEO Roger Van Remmen announced the formation of the Dorothy Courtey Institute, where future therapists will be trained. The gala raised over $1 million. For more about Richstone Family Center visit


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