November 12, 2013 (San Marcos, CA) – On Saturday, October 26th, Casa de Amparo held its 15th Annual Crystal Ball Gala at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe, hosting 300 generous guests from all over San Diego County, and raised over $300,000. Over $100,000 was raised during a special ask for funding specific needs for abused and neglected children.
“The energy is very high, because everyone has a common goal here, and it’s all for the Casa kids,” said Mark Allyn, Chairperson of the Board at Casa de Amparo. The elegant evening kicked off with hors d’oeurves, a martini bar, a seafood bar, silent and live auctions, a gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Jeffrey Strauss of Pamplemousse Grille, and dancing to a top local San Diego Band, “Something Simple.”
Special guest speakers for the evening were Honorary Chairs Andrew & Michelle Walker of Serta International, James Collins, San Diego Chargers Head Athletic Trainer and Liason to Casa de Amparo Board, Executive Director Tamara Fleck-Myers, LMFT of Casa de Amparo, and Samantha Webb of Casa de Amparo’s New Directions program for former foster youth.
Samantha courageously shared her story about how her painful past including abuse, poverty, hunger, and homelessness now fuels her passion to pay it forward. “I truly had no place to call home, until I discovered Casa de Amparo, where I finally experienced stability, security, and belonging. My past made me who I am today and I want to make a big ripple effect by paying it forward,” said Webb. Today, Samantha is a manager at a level 12 group home for at-risk teenage girls.
“Samantha made a much more powerful impression on us than we could have ever on her. She is a remarkable woman,” said Andrew Walker of Serta International.
The event receives enormous support from 40 passionate patrons and underwriters. “I’m thrilled at the outcome of the Crystal Ball Gala and at the generosity of others,” said Executive Director Tamara Fleck-Myers, LMFT of Casa de Amparo. “It’s just amazing to see the passion of our donors as they unite to help our children and families.”
Established in 1978, Casa de Amparo (Home of Protection) is recognized as a leader in treating and preventing child abuse and neglect in San Diego County and beyond, with locations in Oceanside and San Marcos. The non-profit organization annually serves 750 Casa Kids, from prenatal to 24 years old, as well as 650 families, through six integrated programs that promote healing, growth, and healthy relationships. These programs include Residential Services, Counseling Services, Family Visitation, Hayward Child Development Center, New Directions, and Young Parent Network. Casa de Amparo is the San Diego Chargers Courage House, part of a national network of NFL teams and local charities dedicated to the prevention of child abuse.
For more information, visit www.casadeamparo.org.
In 1999, visionary Casa de Amparo patrons and community members conceived the idea of a gala that would raise substantial funds to help each Casa Kid look into his or her own crystal ball and see a brighter future. All proceeds raised at the Crystal Ball Gala directly benefit Casa de Amparo’s programs and services supporting San Diego children and families affected by or at risk of child abuse or neglect.