Over 90 community members gathered to support foster youth at the Child Advocates of Silicon Valley’s inaugural Passion, Fashion & Everything Bold. The event took place Sunday, October 9, 2022 at the historic estate, Hayes Mansion, and raised funds to support foster children in Santa Clara County.
Upon arrival at the venue, the fabulous attendees dressed in their boldest fits arrived on our red carpet. After checking in with the event volunteers, the guests made their way to the terrace that was transformed into the vendor marketplace, filled with nine local boutique shops selling the latest fashion clothing, accessories and home items. 20% of the purchases benefitted Child Advocates. Vendor boutiques included:
- Kendra Scott
- Cactus Lounge Boutique
- Insitu Jewelry
- Gilded Leaf Co
- Classy Bag Lady
- Love Cultivated
- IVI Vision
- Anngi Alyn Jewelry
With a glass of rose in hand, guests browsed through the marketplace and participated in exciting raffles, including Treasure Trove, an entire trove of luxury items, and Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend, a diamond pendant necklace. Additionally, guests viewed the latest trends on models at the showcase stages.
After mingling with one another and enjoying hors d’oeuvres outdoors, the event program started in the ballroom with Master of Ceremonies, Darcie Green, welcoming all to the agency’s inaugural event. Followed by introducing the agency’s CEO Frederick J. Ferrer to the stage, who then delivered the opening remarks. Ferrer shared the importance of having the support of a strong and bold individual in a foster youth’s life. Ferrer then introduced the agency’s Director of Programs, Mary Patterson, who was honored to share this year’s Audacious Advocate Award recipient, Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg. The award honors individuals who use bold leadership to enhance the well-being of foster youth through service.
The program continued with a live auction and fundraiser hosted by a friend of Child Advocates, Liam Mayclem. Following the bidding, the mission speaker, CASA Volunteer Rhonda Barros delivered an emotional speech about her advocacy for younger children. In the address, Barros recounted her first visit with her former foster children and how they warmed up to her through time and persistence. The event concluded with closing remarks from Mayclem and Green.
Through auction bids and donations, funds generated from the event benefit Child Advocates’ mission of helping foster youth through our CASA Program and ensuring they have the resources they need to thrive.
This event was only made possible by the generosity of event sponsors – especially EY, Stanford Medicine, Excite Credit Union and AVT Productions – attendees, volunteers, auction bidders and donors.
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