- Created on Wednesday, 05 December 2012 12:57
December 5, 2012 (San Marcos, CA) - On Saturday, November 3, Casa de Amparo held its 14th Annual Bassett Crystal Ball Gala at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe. Bassett was the Title Sponsor.
Over 300 guests attended the elegant event featuring a cocktail reception, auctions, a gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Jeffrey Strauss of Pamplemousse Grille, and dancing to “The Kicks.” Local artistic floral design studio and eco-florist Third Bloom created an elegant ambience with exquisite floral displays designed especially for the gala.
Sharon Stein was the gala chair. Rick and Kayleen Huffman of Bassett were Honorary Chairs, honored for their long commitment to “Casa Kids” and for providing furniture at cost for the Children’s Cottages and the Children’s Services Center at Casa de Amparo’s new Casa Kids Campus in San Marcos. Bassett also donated interior design and furniture installation services. “Tonight is not about us,” said Rick Huffman. “It’s about what’s possible when we all work together to support children healing from abuse or neglect through the programs and services Casa de Amparo offers to the community.”
Special guest speakers for the evening were Linneth and Dakota of Casa de Amparo’s New Directions and Young Parent Network (YPN) programs who spoke of their painful pasts and the challenges they met before coming to Casa de Amparo. “New Directions has been the biggest blessing in our lives,” said Linneth. “They go way beyond what their job is supposed to be. They care. They’ve helped us get jobs and get into college and YPN has been a big help with raising our two small children.”
Patrons included Lou & Judy Ferrero, Catherine Hyndman, ProFlowers, Scott & Kathleen Bushouse, Elliott & Sheila Hutchinson, Dawn Leeds, Ed & Suzanne Mazzetta (ESS Metron), OneSource Distributors, Jerry & Sharon Stein, Wells Fargo Bank Escondido, Larry & Linda Alessio, California Bank & Trust, Forrest Reardon/FDR Construction, Al & Lee Ann Puglisi, Serta International, Rich & Margie Berwick, Ed & Mary Ann Bosanac, Ed & Gigi Cramer, Thomas & Kariann Forsyth, Jim & Kim Grant, John & Carolyn Konecki, John & Jacqueline Konstanturos, Douglas & Cathy Moore, Tim & Michele Ryan and Wells Fargo-The Private Bank.
For over 34 years, Casa de Amparo has been a leader in the treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect in San Diego County. For more information, see www.casadeamparo.org. Casa de Amparo is the San Diego Chargers Courage House.Kayleen and Rick HuffmanDakota and Linneth of New DirectionsFlowers by Third Bloom