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Waymakers 10th Annual Love Grows By Giving Fundraiser

 
by: Andrew Diaz
Posted: January 27, 2020

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH...Orange County wine lovers and foodies alike will unite in support of at-risk youth during the 10th annual "Love Grows by Giving" fundraiser. Guests will celebrate the month of love by raising funds for nonprofit Waymakers' Huntington Beach Youth Shelter, a "safe haven" for homeless, runaway, abused and at-risk youth.

Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, Mariner's Ballroom, 21500 Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach, Calif.

The charitable event will feature wine tastings, beer samplings, live music and an exceptional culinary experience from local fine dining restaurants. Waymakers is a nonprofit organization that builds safer communities by helping individuals make their way through conflict and crisis to a place of strength and stability. They do this through five key areas: sheltering children, supporting victims, counseling families, resolving conflicts, and educating communities.

Featured participants will include Jackson Family Wines, Duckhorn, Rodney Strong, Main Street Wine Company, Cambalache Grill, Watertable at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, BLK, Mesa Verde Country Club and Duke's Huntington Beach.

The event will also offer live and silent auctions to raise funds for the Huntington Beach Youth Shelter, with prizes to include a stay in a Presidential Suite at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa. Dennis Kuhl, chairman of Angels Baseball and a longtime supporter of Waymakers, will chair Love Grows by Giving. Event sponsors will include the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, Angels Baseball, Speedo USA, Chevron, AES Huntington Beach, the Woravka Family Foundation as well as individual sponsors.

Tickets are $85 each until February 1 and $100 each starting February 2. Tickets can be purchased at https://waymakersoc.org/events/love-grows-by-giving-wine-tasting/ or by contacting Elsa Greenfield at (714) 842-6600. Cocktail attire is encouraged.

Proceeds from "Love Grows by Giving" will benefit the Waymakers' Huntington Beach Youth Shelter, which since opening its doors 13 years ago has helped over 1,800 homeless, runaway and struggling Orange County youth and their families between ages 11 and 17, most who are trying to cope with issues kids should never face, such as early-childhood trauma.

The trained staff has an excellent success rate of reuniting children with their families, over 90 percent, by finding solutions to their very complex problems. The Shelter's mission runs much deeper than just a place to stay. It aims to achieve: family strengthening and reunification, homeless prevention, diversion of at-risk youth from the juvenile justice system, and school drop-out prevention.

In addition to providing youth with a safe haven and protection from the dangers of the streets, the Shelter also provides youth and their families with professional comprehensive services including individual, group and family therapy, academic support, job/career readiness, life skills and aftercare.

Last year's Love Grows by Giving event raised over $125,000 for the Huntington Beach Youth Shelter.


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