November 25, 2014 (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) - On Saturday, November 1st, Casa de Amparo held its 16th Annual Crystal Ball Gala at the premier Del Mar Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe, hosting 300 generous guests from all over San Diego County, and raised $300,000.
The elegant evening kicked off with a champagne greeting, martini bar, seafood bar, silent and live auctions, gourmet hors d’Oeuvres and dinner created by Pamplemousse Grille, and dancing to a top local San Diego Band, Something Simple.
Special guest speakers for the evening were Honorary Chair Jim Minarik of DEI Holidings, Inc, Executive Director Tamara Fleck-Myers, LMFT of Casa de Amparo, and former Casa de Amparo client Yadira Menendez.
Yadira courageously shared her story of overcoming the trauma of abuse and drug addiction. She grew up in San Diego and witnessed abuse in her home. Her alcoholic father attempted suicide and beat her mother and brother. She was molested and as a teen started taking drugs. Because of her drug addiction, five of her children were removed from her care and placed in foster care. But Yadira was determined to end the cycle of abuse in her family and care for her youngest daughter, Anabelle. She completed a residential family treatment program and participated in Casa de Amparo’s Family Visitation program.
“I know from the deepest part of my heart, Casa de Amparo helped me stay clean, and that helped me get my daughter back,” said Menendez. “Now I would like to do something for the community like Casa de Amparo does. I would like to help another addict, mother, or child.” Today, Yadira is drug-free and caring for her 2 year old daughter.
The event received enormous support from 36 passionate patrons, underwriters, and in-kind donors. “We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of all those who are making a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children,” said Kathy Karpé, Director of Development at Casa de Amparo. “We are so happy to celebrate as a community the brighter futures for our Casa Kids.”
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 over 1,000 Casa Kids, from prenatal to 25 years old, as well as over 700 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.
3 Minute Video About Crystal Ball Gala: http://youtu.be/AS4_Gh2GxtU