I’m pleased to announce that this year, I’ve been invited to join RaiseAChild HONORS as a special guest for their annual Summer Gala.
RaiseAChild is the organization that guided me to my daughter. They assisted me in navigating the foster system, so I could be connected to My Little Jelly Bean.
Who Will Be There
This year I’m pleased to say that I will be a special guest along with these wonderful individuals:
There, I plan on meeting with guests, friends and making a couple treats from my book for everyone to dip into!
Why We’re Gathering
In Los Angeles county alone, there are over 28,000 children that need a home. For me, after years of contemplation, I decided I wanted a family – and I’m all IN. You can read more about my experience and first Mother’s Day here.
Rich Valenza (the founder), Kama Kaina (Board Member), and Jason Cook (Parent Advocate) from RaiseAChild were crucial to my success at finding my daughter. I couldn’t have done without them. I’m forever grateful for their advocacy and support.
My experience is just a drop in the bucket. There are still so many children in the foster system who have yet to be paired with a loving family. I hope that by volunteering and raising funds for RaiseAChild, we can do even more good.
Today, I’m honored to continue giving back to the organization that gave me so much! Learn more about this event and the amazing group of people below.
RaiseAChild HONORS – The Summer Party Event Details
When: Saturday, June 23rd, 2018
Where: Jim Henson Company Lot, Hollywood
“RaiseAChild, building loving families for foster children.”
RaiseAChild is an amazing organization focused on placing foster children with loving families, but not all families are the same. RaiseAChild pairs foster kids with single, LGBTQ and prospective parents who have love to give.
I’ll be there with other special guests raising money during the silent auction with some donations from some of my favorite brands like Anolon, Circulon, and Skechers. We’ve also managed to acquire food donations from my top brands including Miyoko’s’, Melissa’s Produce and Dr. Kracker.
Guests will have food and beverage tastings from Mauro’s Cafe Fred Segal and beverages from Rok Drinks & Black Market Liquor. Come dance, eat, drink, and bid on our silent auction items! Purchase tickets here.
More About RaiseAChild
RaiseAChild works to recruit, educate and nurture relationships equally with prospective foster and adoptive parents. They partner with agencies to improve the process in order to keep foster children in safe, permanent, loving homes. Their vision is to be a national leader in the recruitment and advocacy of LGBTQ and all parents who want to build their family through fostering and adopting children
What They Do
RaiseAChild has a system that finds and supports people interested in being adoptive parents. Currently, they outperform national averages by moving forward 23% of foster and adoption parents through the rigorous process from inquiry to certification.
Their outreach campaigns work with partner agencies to develop marketing for radio, television, social media and outdoor advertising in order to promote their mission and educate the community.
The foster and adoption processes are tough. RaiseAChild coordinates panels and classes for specialists and experienced parents to discuss common issues.
You can learn more about how RaiseAChild changes lives here.