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Nonprofit Raises Over $120,000 To Benefit Huntington Beach Youth Shelter

by: April Conn
Posted: February 20, 2018

HUNTINGTON BEACH...Nonprofit Wayfinders (formerly Community Service Programs) hosted nearly 450 wine lovers and humanitarians to help raise over $120,000 to benefit Wayfinders' Huntington Beach Youth Shelter, a safe haven for homeless, runaway, abused and at-risk youth, during its eighth annual "Love Grows by Giving" Wine Tasting fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa on Friday, February 9, 2018. The evening offered unique wine tastings, beer samplings, live music and an exceptional culinary experience from local fine dining restaurants. Dennis Kuhl, chairman of Angels Baseball and a longtime supporter of Wayfinders, served as event chair.

Nancy Monte-Frye, former Huntington Beach mayor Joe Carchio and Elsa Greenfield, program director of Wayfinders' Huntington Beach Youth Shelter, gathered for the eighth annual "Love Grows by Giving" Wine Tasting fundraiser

 

"Our services at the Wayfinders' Huntington Beach Youth Shelter wouldn't be possible without the outpouring of support from local businesses and community members who have helped make this year's Love Grows by Giving fundraiser a huge success," says Elsa Greenfield, program director of Wayfinders' Huntington Beach Youth Shelter. "We are deeply grateful that we're able to continue providing a shelter that youth can call home and offer valuable resources to children in need."

Special notes from residents of the Wayfinders' Huntington Beach Youth Shelter served as centerpieces

 

Live and silent auctions included prizes such as a two-night stay in a Presidential Suite at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa with dinner for two and a VIP welcome amenity (a $5,800 value). 

Notable attendees and supporters included Dennis Kuhl, chairman of Angels Baseball, John Graham, President of Speedo USA, and Peter Rice, general manager of the Huntington Beach Hyatt Resort and member of the Huntington Beach Youth Shelter Advisory Board. 

Peter Rice, general manager of the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa, and Elsa Greenfield, program director of Wayfinders' Huntington Beach Youth Shelter

 

Featured participants included Kendall-Jackson, Bianchi, Rodney Strong Vineyards, Main Street Wine Company, Hyatt Watertable and Red Table. The event will also offer live and silent auctions to raise funds for Wayfinders' Huntington Beach Youth Shelter, with prizes to include a stay in a Presidential Suite at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa. 

Event sponsors included the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, Angels Baseball, Pelican Hill Newport Beach, Car Pros KIA Huntington Beach, Chevron, Paradigm Financial, AES Huntington Beach, Rainbow Environmental Services, Honda World, and NuVision Federal Credit Union, as well as individual sponsors.

Elsa Greenfield, program director of Wayfinders' Huntington Beach Youth Shelter, with John Graham, CEO of the Speedo Corporation

 

Proceeds from "Love Grows by Giving" have gone directly to benefit the Wayfinders' Huntington Beach Youth Shelter, which since opening its doors 11 years ago has helped over 1,300 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.

Elsa Greenfield, program director of Wayfinders' Huntington Beach Youth Shelter, addresses attendees during the eighth annual "Love Grows by Giving" Wine Tasting fundraiser

 

The Shelter's mission runs much deeper than just a place to stay, as they provide a place for homeless, runaway and at-risk youth 24/7, 365 days a year. As emergency crisis and intervention programs, the Wayfinders' Huntington Beach Youth Shelter 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 shelters also provide 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 $100,000 for the Huntington Beach Youth Shelter.

For more information on Wayfinders, visit WeAreWayfinders.org.

Photos:Fotograafe Photo Studio & Gallery


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