On your Doorstep
3rd Annual Victorian Country Christmas
Gala Raises over $300K for Foster Youth and Domestic Violence Programs
The 3nd Annual Victorian Country Christmas is around the corner and in time for the holidays. Craft and gift booths will be decorated and run by vendors dressed in costume. High tea will be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day.
South Bay Community Services held its 16th annual Change Their Lives Extravaganza on September 6 at Paradise Point Resort to raise funds and awareness for two critical programs: helping children who have been victims of family violence and helping youth who have aged out of the foster care system. Through the generosity of sponsors and the hard work of the Change Their Lives fundraising committee, $315,000 was raised to improve the lives of children and youth.
Proceeds benefit causes supporting veterans and children in Chula Vista.
In addition to shopping and tea, live music will entertain guests. Action Impact Ministries will provide entertainment at 10 a.m. both days. Reina Bolles and LIGHT will perform at noon on Friday, and the Strutters will perform at 11 on Saturday. The Lutheran High School choir plus Bonita Vista Vocal Music Department’s Sound Unlimited and Music Machine will also perform. The event is free to attend. Tickets to high tea are $25.00 per person and must be purchased in advance by calling Kim Coronado at (619) 240-0098 or the lodge at (619) 421-2011. Proceeds benefit causes supporting veterans and children in Chula Vista. The event will take place on Nov. 14-15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chula Vista Elks Lodge, 901 Elks Lane. Marines will be on site collecting Toys for Tots. Toys can be dropped off at the lodge starting Nov. 1 or brought to the event. Start your holiday shopping and merriment!
8 OUR HOMETOWN · NOVEMBER 2014
A balmy evening greeted more than 500 guests on Mission Bay’s waterfront for a cocktail reception and silent auction. This meaningful event was an opportunity to share how donations make a difference. Take the story of Juan Medina, whose family suffered fatal results from domestic violence. Juan told the audience how grateful his family is for Mi Escuelita, a therapeutic preschool for children exposed to family violence. His grandchildren, who had witnessed the tragedy, have been enrolled and are healing with the support of special counseling programs. It has been two years since Juan tragically lost his daughter, but through the strength of her spirit, he has become a voice for victims of domestic violence. Mayor Cheryl Cox, who served as co-chair of Change Their Lives for eight years, was honored by Kathryn Lembo, CEO of SBCS, for her dedicated service in helping children and teens in the South Bay. The mayor was given a painting by one of the youth living in Trolley Trestle, a transitional housing program for former foster kids. The lively guests electrified the grand ballroom while dancing to the music of Xceptional Music. As the evening came to a close with an almost-full moon in the sky, the guests left knowing they were making a difference in the lives of many.
Many guests enjoyed the Change Their Lives Extravaganza. Pictured above: Kathie Lembo, Steve Haase and guest. Bottom photo: Josie Calderon, Sen. Steve Peace, Dan Hom, Dr. Francisco Escobedo, and Lisa Cohen.