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Click here to read about the program and its inspiration. Stay tuned for our next Speakers Event in honor of our 25th Anniversary year!
Friendship Dinners (formerly Dinners Across Laguna)
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"Fiesta and Friends party with Josh and Peggy Wolff"
Saturday, 6/1 at 6pm
As we celebrate our 25th year, we’re proud and excited about how far we’ve come and the prospects for the future in helping homeless adults achieve self-sufficiency. Over the last 21 years our hosts have had more than 400 dinners and events and have raised over $1.5 million dollars.
We are seeking hosts to open their hearts and homes to gather with friends for an extra special reason, to support Friendship Shelter-- an opportunity to have a good time, while making a significant contribution to your community.The flexibility is yours; you choose the date, guest list, and theme of your event, invite as many guests as you like and charge your guests what you think is appropriate. We will arrange for a current resident or graduate, along with a staff member or board member, to speak at each event, inspiring guests with the resident’s personal story.
It's fun! In the past we've had a "Cinco De Mayo" party, a chili cook-off, a Sunday tea party, a formal Italian feast, intimate, home-cooked meals, back yard concerts, partnerships with restaraunts, wine-tasting,a 4th of July party, St. Patty's Day parties, comedians, psychics...we gladly accept any and all creativity!
Thank you to our hosts Colin Henderson, Marshall and Elizabeth Ininns, Mary and Dan Shapero, Stu Saffer & Shaena Stabler from StuNews, and Ivan Spiers from Mozambique. Thank you to Judy and Dom Roguly and Susie and George Wood, Anne and Ryen Caenn for great St. Patrick's Day fun! Dawn and Jerry Price, Mark Miller, Ava Burton and Jason Feddy teamed up for a wonderful theatrical night of "Love Letters". Thanks also to hosts Stephanie and Kevin Donavan; Mary and Bruce McDonald; Kathleen and Gregg Abel who hosted a backyard pig roast with friends Barbara and Greg MacGillivray and Cindy Ortiz and Robert Plant; Barbara and Ken McMurray hosted with Eileen and Roger Ohanesian and Lisa and John Mansour at ReMark's in the canyon. Jane and Joe Hanauer hosted a wonderful ocean front evening at their home in Three Arch Bay. Steve and Jill Edwards had friends join together for a cooking class at Laguna Culinary Arts- what a great idea! Thank you to all of our hosts this year and we're looking forward for more to come.
Mozambique's Ivan Spiers plays with Waddy Wachtel (at left), former guitarist for Stevie Nicks. We had a rockin' night at Mozambique with Waddy Wachtel. A great party that raised nearly $8,000 for Friendship Shelter Programs!
Below friends gather to learn the Hula in the Abels' beautiful back yard.
Friendship Shelter's 2012 Annual Gala "Fly me to the Moon" was a fundraising, friend-raising, and FUN success! Guests mingled under the "moonlight" bidding on silent auction items and scoping the MAD MEN attire of the crowd. After Friendship Shelter alumnus Shawn Nethercott shared his relatable story of overcoming his struggle with addiction, many supporters raised their hands to donate to help support our mission during the "Fund-a-Need" portion of the evening. Exclusive live auction items including getaways, catered dinners, and a wall of wine raised a significant amount of proceeds for the evening. Event Chair, Keiko Sakamoto thanked the guests and announced a surprise donation of $50,000 from Bill and Sue Gross. The night ended with celebratory dancing to tunes of the 60s from 8 piece band "Alec Milstein and his MAD MEN", resembling the swanky ratpack days. It was a wonderful night with supporters, both new and old gathering to advocate the importance of helping homeless adults achieve self-sufficient lives for themselves.
To our event guests, committee, sponsors, and volunteers we owe the success of this night to YOU! Thanks for supporting Friendship Shelter in this way.
THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT COMMITTEE
THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS
Bill Witte and Keiko Sakamoto
Jane and Joe Hanauer, Kling Family Foundation, The PIMCO Foundation, Steve and Marisa Robbins
Doug and Judy Anderson, The Birches Foundation, Jill and Steve Edwards, Kaiser Aluminum Corporation, Deborah and Jeffrey King, McKenna Porsche Audi BMW, Bill and Robert Smolka, Wendy and Larry Tenebaum
Donald Crevier, Joy Dittberner and Tom Peters with Edie Tonkon, Ilene Glassman, Griffin Structures, Dr. Gary and Betsy Jenkins, Suzette and Mike Kirby, Julie and Gordon McAlpine, Bob and Stephanie Mister, Lourdes and Ted nark, Returning Home Foundation, Rutan & Tucker/Edson and Kerri McClellan, Bob and Kirsten Whalen, Lizanne and Matthew Witte
Richard and Paola Bisson, Curt C. Barwick/McConnell, Dunning & Barwick LLP, Ketta and Jeb Brown, Dorthea Cist, Steve and Dorothy Coontz, Ron and Santina Davies, Don and Marilyn Davidson, Ronnie and Ingrid Ghenender, Ellen and Michael Gordon, Maria Huang and David House, Stephen Lesser, Jane and Stefan Manolakas, Sarah and Adam Markman, Nancy and Mike Meyer, Manouchehr and Sophie Moshayedi, Arthur Ong and Ginger Sun, Bob and Bano Pozin, Dawn and Jerry Price, Al Roberts, Pame Schmider, Nancy and Geoffrey Stack Family Foundation, John and Leslie Stumpf, Cyd and Steve Swerdlow, Larry Tucker and Jill Johnson-TUcker, Duane Vaugrt M.D. and Jeffrey Benedick, William and Karen Valaika, Larry Webb and Janet Hadley, Alex Williamson and Mark Mowrey, George and Susie Wood
Dinners Across Laguna 2012!
Thanks to our hosts this year for spreading the word about Friendship Shelter and for continuing the tradition of "Dinners Across Laguna".
PIMCO employees did it again: a big donation for "Dinners across Laguna". Thanks PIMCO for supporting this important fundraiser!
"ShamROCKIN" hosts Lisa & John Mansour, Becky & Eric Wills, and Kristi & Nick Cancellieri for a happenin' St. Patrick's Day party set the pace for many more successful "dinners" to come. (below)
Thanks to our hosts Barbara and Ken McMurray, Tim Nicol & John Secretan, ZINC and Red Car Wine for a fun night of wine tasting and gourmet
hors d'oeuvres. Great time with great company! (below)
New hosts Yoshiko O'Connor and Rebecca Judy served a lovely women's tea party on a rainy afternoon, bringing new friends to us! (below)
"Style for Success" Spring Makeover Day
Thank you to our neighbors at Vogue Salon Laguna Beach and Tootsies for treating our residents to a special day helping them look and feel beautiful, confident, and successful!
Volunteer as a Concert Chaperone to attend a concert of your choice and enjoy sounds from The Pacific Symphony with our current residents. Thanks to the Heartstrings Program of Pacific Symphony for donating tickets. View upcoming concerts here!
Thanks for giving!
Thanks to Laguna Beach locals and helpful volunteers from beyond for another successful and delicious community potluck on Thanksgiving Day!
"Come Together: The Art of Getting Home" set a new record!
The Beatles-themed event, dubbed "Come Together," was chaired by Friendship Shelter board member Becky Wills and shelter volunteer Kristi Cancellieri, who expanded the organization's traditional "Art of Getting Home" theme to add numerous silent and live auction offerings. Despite a chilly night, the record-breaking crowd reveled to the pre-dinner entertainment of musician Jason Feddy as guests competed to win auction items.
The Edwards family came to support their mother, Jill Edwards, former event chair and community leader honoree. Jason Feddy provides acoustics for cocktail hour.
from left: Board Member, Marshall Ininns (right) with the Fischbecks who donated their Mexico home as a live auction item.
Board Member, Christopher Tower (right) with pal and long-time Friendship supporter Nick Greenko.
A special thanks to Larissa Rehder from Inviting Occasion for her unique centerpieces.
from left: Our dear friends Sue Freeman and John Hancock pose next to Donavon Frankenreiter signed surfboard, a special live auction item
Board member John Stumpf with his lovely wife Leslie.
Outstanding community leader honoree, Kathleen Abel with her son and donating artist, Tristan Abel.
Event chairs Kristi Cancellieri and Becky Wills surround Friendship Shelter's Executive Director, Dawn Price with support.
Asada Event to Benefit Friendship Shelter was a success!
Thanks to Asada and One World One Ocean Foundation for partnering to benefit Friendship Shelter. New to Coast Highway, Asada opened it's doors to welcome friends of One World One Ocean Foundation, Friendship Shelter, and Laguna Beach Community Foundation to share sustainable seafood in a hip and inviting restaraunt atmosphere.
An extra special thanks to Greg and Barbara MacGillivray (above) from One World One Ocean Foundation.
Our second "Stories of Home" sold out!
Friendship Shelter presented its second "Stories of Home" event on Thursday, June 16th at [seven-degrees]. This year’s performance added new elements: a variety of actors, some from the local scene, plus displays of art pieces created by members of the Artists’ Collective, a small group of professional artists who are current or past residents of Friendship Shelter, and whose talents are being nurtured by the organization.
Actors included Linda Gehringer, Richard Burgi, Jonelle Allen, and Melissa Denton joined by recognizable locals Jason Farris, Rev. B.J. Beu, and Mark Dressler. Friendship Shelter's own Mark Miller performed and directed the program.
Jonelle Allen, Richard Burgi, and Friendship Shelter supporter Lisa Mansour will read at the event.
“The combination of the written word with the immediacy of an actor’s visceral, live interpretation is a powerful performance that brings a story to life,” said Dawn Price, executive director of Friendship Shelter. “We’re excited to be presenting this event for the second year and we hope that all arts lovers will come see what we’ve put together.
Friendship Shelter encourages self-sufficiency of artistic graduates with a second Artists' Collective showcasing artwork from Terrel Anansi, Darryl Gober, Randy Morgan, and Kathleen Saxon. Friendship Shelter staff, residents, and supporters gathered for a night of visual and performance art.
above, right: Former resident and staff member, Terrel Anansi smiles with his favorite pieces.
above, left: Henderson House resident Randy Morgan explains the process of his iron artistry
,above, right: Friendship Shelter artist graduates with supporter Kristy Melita, and artist mentor Karen Redding.
above, left: Henderson House resident, Eric P. plays for for the first time in years.
above, right: Staff members Analisa Andrus, Beth Chapman, Rick Scott listen with therapist Ed Kauffman
Friendship Shelter, Inc.
P.O. Box 4252,
Laguna Beach, CA 92652 Phone: (949) 494-6928 - Fax: (949) 497-4324 E-mail:Click here to e-mail us
Friendship Shelter is a 501(c)3 Not-For-Profit Organization.