The following information was released by Casa Youth Shelter.
Casa Youth Shelter is hosting the 34th Anniversary “Commander’s Ball” on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, California.
The Commander’s Ball is named after the shelter’s late founder, Myldred E. Jones, a retired Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy who founded the youth home in 1978. Now in its thirty-fourth year, Casa Youth Shelter will celebrate Ms. Jones’ living dream with a black-tie dinner and auction gala event.
“The Commander’s Ball is an opportunity for leaders in our communities to gather and fundraise to make sure that Casa Youth Shelter continues to provide a safe haven for approximately 200 homeless and abused youth annually,” said Michael McCrary, former Los Alamitos Police Chief and President of the Board of Directors.
Casa Youth Shelter provides an emergency temporary home for youth in crisis aged 12-17. In the past 34 years, they have provided shelter care to over 10,800 youth, providing nearly 1 million meals and snacks.
“I am so proud to be a part of such a great local charity that makes an impact on such a large scale. As a member of the Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Auction Committee, it’s my privilege to help make sure that Casa Youth Shelter’s services are available to any youth in need, far into the future,” says Scott Rifkin, Chief Operating Officer of Los Alamitos Medical Center.
The shelter’s goal is to provide homeless, runaway or abandoned youth with an immediate safe place to stay. Youth also receive counseling in a nurturing, homelike environment to help stabilize their crises and reunite with their family.
“Any child can walk in to Casa Youth Shelter and get immediate help, whether it’s 2 in the afternoon or 2 in the morning. We have 12 licensed beds and we’ll roll out the cots and make a bed on the couches if we need to. No child is denied help for lack of financial resources,” says Robin Sinclair, Executive Director.
To help fund the shelter, the Board of Directors organizes the annual Commander’s Ball that brings in nearly $200,000 for the children.
Auction items range from the latest iPads and beach cruisers to a week-long vacation package in Waikiki. Items also include a weekend getaway to Catalina Island with snorkeling and zip line excursions, and a trip to Napa Valley with roundtrip airfare and dining at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon and Michael Chiarello’s Bottega Restaurant.
Guests can also raise their auction paddles during the Sponsor-A-Kid segment.
“All of the auction items this year are phenomenal and are a testament to how hard the Board, Auction Committee and in particular, the Auction Committee Co-Chairs Scott Rifkin and Karen Klabouch (of Los Alamitos-based Green Street Interiors) have worked to make this year’s Commander’s Ball the best and brightest we’ve ever had. I hope the community will join us on September 29 to support Casa Youth Shelter so that we can continue to be here for all of the youth who need a safe place to sleep, off the streets and out of harm’s way,” says Ms. Sinclair.
This year, the Board of Directors will also present the first ever “Myldred E. Jones Lifetime Humanitarian Award” to Luciann Maulhardt, a very special honor to recognize Ms. Maulhardt’s tremendous impact on the shelter over the past 25 years. “Luciann has been such an amazing leader, caregiver and mentor and it’s only fitting that she be the first recipient of such an honor. She may be retired now [as Executive Director] but so was Myldred when she started the shelter at 69 years of age. Retirement just means she’ll have more quality time to dedicate to our youth!” says Jan Timmons, who is also retired but volunteers at the shelter nearly full time as a member of the Board and President of Casa Auxiliary.
The Commander’s Ball is sponsored by the following: The Esposito Family; G.L. Howard, CPA; Green Street Interiors; Ink Systems Inc.; Los Alamitos Medical Center; Port of Long Beach; Rutan & Tucker, LLP; Southern California Edison; Southwest Airlines; Tilly’s; Toyota Financial Services; Trend Offset Printing.
For more information about Casa Youth Shelter’s 34th Anniversary Commander’s Ball, visit www.casayouthshelter.org/events or contact Casa Youth Shelter at (562) 594-6825 to request an invitation in the mail.
Casa Youth Shelter is located at 10911 Reagan Street in Los Alamitos. For more information about the shelter’s programs and services, visit www.casayouthshelter.org.
File photo by C.E.H. Wiedel of the sign on the front of Casa Youth Shelter.
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