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Lafayette Juniors Raises $60,000 for Charity

PHOTO CAPTION: The Lafayette Juniors present a check to one of their 2016-2017 beneficiaries, Contra Costa Interfaith Housing. Pictured from left to right: Cathy Kauder, Mindy Harmeyer, Erica Mason, Deanne Pearn (Contra Costa Interfaith Housing), Tina Frechman, Rachel Blatt, and Jeannine Palmer.


Juniors Work Benefits Contra Costa Interfaith Housing, Alternative Family Services, The Taylor Family Foundation, and Trinity Center



LAFAYETTE, CA— The Lafayette Juniors raised $60,000 in the last 12 months for local non-profit organizations. On June 1st, the Lafayette Juniors awarded the funds to Contra Costa Interfaith Housing, Alternative Family Services, The Taylor Family Foundation, and Trinity Center in a special ceremony at the Lafayette Community Center.

Lafayette Juniors has 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 Contra Costa Interfaith Housing – an agency that has been providing permanent, affordable housing and support services to homeless and at-risk families and individuals since 1991 – as their major beneficiary. The Juniors donated $30,000 to support the work of CCIH, inspired by their vision that every family in our community deserves secure housing and the dignity of self-sufficiency.

“All of us at CCIH are extremely grateful for Lafayette Juniors’ partnership. These funds are going to support over 100 formerly homeless and low-income children with daily academic tutoring programs, preschool, teen clubs, summer camps and enrichment activities,” states Deanne Pearn, Executive Director, Contra Costa Interfaith Housing. “The Juniors are helping us end homelessness among the most vulnerable families in our community, providing the same comprehensive support we provide to our own families to help our residents and their children lead rich and meaningful lives.”

Lafayette Juniors also donated $15,000 to Alternative Family Services, and $7,500 each to The Taylor Family Foundation and Trinity Center.

Lafayette Juniors is looking forward to continuing this tradition of giving and is accepting applications from now until July 31st, 2017 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 2017–2018 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, 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 Bay Area. Over the past 18 years, the Lafayette Juniors have raised more than $710,000 for Bay Area non-profit groups.

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