Professional Child Development Associates (PCDA) will hold its second annual “Russian Nights: A Black Tie Affair” on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the home of Carolyn and Craig Watson in South Pasadena. Proceeds from the event will benefit PCDA, which provides therapies and services for children, teens and young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families.


The Russian-themed evening is highlighted by a cello quartet chamber music recital featuring cellist Ruslan Biryukov, known for his superb artistry, passion and individuality. Biryukov will be joined by equally talented cellists Anne Sudu, Efrain J. Del Pilar, and Bryant Golzali, and special musical surprises are also on the program. A limited seating of 80 guests will enjoy dinner catered by Chef Claud Beltran and Chef Onil Chibas of Claud & Co., including a premium seating with specialty caviars and rare delicacies. Following dinner will be an array of auction lots, including rare wines, Willet Bourbon, Russian art pieces, and private catered dinners by Chef Beltran.


Michael Bernard, chair of the event, is a professional oboist and a Partner with Bernard & Johnson Family Wealth Management. He is delighted with how this year’s “Russian Nights” is shaping up. “To call ‘Russian Nights’ a ‘performance’ really doesn’t do it justice because the musicians are so interactive with the small group in attendance, and the Watson’s gallery space is particularly well-suited for chamber music. When paired with Chef Claud’s outstanding fare, it is really a special evening.”


Celebrating its 20th year of service in the community, PCDA improves the quality of life for children with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families in greater Pasadena, Los Angeles, and the San Gabriel Valley by providing therapies and services grounded in the DIR philosophy. Using this play-based therapeutic approach, PCDA clinicians help over 1,000 children, teens and young adults annually to reach developmental milestones, live more fulfilling lives, and enjoy warm and loving relationships.


For more information about the Russian Nights event, please contact Robert Bain at (626) 793-7350 ext. 281 or email For online event registration or to learn more about PCDA, go to