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Lafayette Juniors Raise $55,000 for Charity

PHOTO CAPTION: Lafayette Juniors present Youth Homes with $25,000. From left to right: Shannon Venturini, Cathy Kauder, Beth Goldberg, Sheri Mascorro, and Joy Aitchison

The Lafayette Juniors raised $55,000 in the last 12 months for local non-profit organizations. The funds were awarded on June 2nd by the Lafayette Juniors in a special ceremony at the Lafayette Community Center to Youth Homes, Diablo Ballet, Lamorinda Spirit Van, and the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.

The Lafayette Juniors have a history of organizing fundraising events like the Rummage Sale in the Fall and the Kitchen Tour in the Spring to raise money for selected beneficiaries. This year the Juniors chose Youth Homes, an agency dedicated to serving traumatized foster children and young adults in the San Francisco Bay Area, as their major beneficiary. The Juniors donated $25,000 to support the work Youth Homes has been doing since 1965. As the oldest, continually operating children’s residential program in Contra Costa County, Youth Homes transforms the lives of young people through a comprehensive system of care that includes crisis shelters, community-based counseling, residential treatment homes, and private home placement. 

"From the day Youth Homes was selected to be one of the beneficiaries for the Lafayette Juniors fundraising efforts, they took earnest interest in our youth. They toured our homes, educated themselves about foster care, and became advocates for our kids. The donation of $25,000 will support our programs for transition age youth to help them launch into adulthood. For young adults exiting the foster care system who often do not have family to turn to, these funds will help with expenses like a security deposit for housing, food, transportation, education courses, and other needs to assist them in the transition," states Stuart McCullough, CEO of Youth Homes. "All of us at Youth Homes feel very fortunate to have the Lafayette Juniors dedicated to serving the community in which we all live and work."

The Lafayette Juniors also donated $15,000 to Diablo Ballet’s PEEK Outreach Program and $7,500 each to Lamorinda Spirit Van and the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.

The Lafayette Juniors are looking forward to continuing this tradition of giving and are accepting applications from now until July 31st from all non-profits in Contra Costa and neighboring counties in the San Francisco Bay Area who serve women, families, and seniors and others requiring assistance. The Juniors will select four organizations from the applicant pool to become their 2016–2017 beneficiaries. Fundraising for these groups will begin this Fall. To obtain an application or learn more about the Lafayette Juniors, please visit www.lafayettejuniors.org.

 


About the Lafayette Juniors

Founded in 1953, the Lafayette Juniors is a non-profit organization made up of local women who come together to raise funds and offer service in support of other non-profits that serve women, families, and seniors as well as other people in need throughout Contra Costa and neighboring counties in the San Francisco area. Over the past 17 years, the Lafayette Juniors have raised more than $650,000 for Bay Area non-profit groups.  

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