Lutheran Social Services raises funds at Gala
Nov 30, 2022 12:00 AM
Lutheran Social Services of Southern California, a leading provider of social services programs in Southern California, hosted its first Color of Hope Gala on Veterans’ Day at the Marriott at California State University at Fullerton.
Big Bear resident Helen Walsh received the H.O.P.E. Award (Helping Others Pursue Empowerment) on behalf of the Big Bear Rotary Club and their commitment to serving families of school children in the mountain community with mental health diagnoses or challenges. The group also supports Kindness Closet to help students at Big Bear schools who have a need but do not qualify for public assistance programs. Walsh also presented a $5,000 check from Rotary during the evening contributing to gross proceeds of $305,000.
Longtime supporters Bruce and Debbie Dannemeyer served as honorary chairs while William and Audrey Dahlgren received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The gala began with a champagne reception, silent auction, appetizers and a selfie station where attendees shared messages of hope. Performer and auctioneer Mark J. Thomas served as Master of Ceremonies and welcomed supporters donned in colorful attire for dinner and awards program. A Veteran’s salute, color guard and prayer kicked off the gala in honor of Veteran’s Day.
Lutheran Social Services of Southern California CEO Dr. LaSharnda Beckwith and others spoke about the mission, services and impact of the Orange County-based nonprofit organization. A live musical performance by New City Parish Choir and live auction followed.