Child Advocates of Silicon Valley

Inaugural Wine, Women, and Shoes Benefit for Child Advocates, Raises $160,000+ to Benefit Foster Youth

Monday, Oct 23, 2017

Child Advocates of Silicon Valleys’ hosted 278 women (and 4 men) at our inaugural Wine, Women, and Shoes fundraiser at Saratoga’s stunning Villa Montalvo. Supporters of the agency enjoyed fine wines, designer shopping, exciting auctions and a competitive best-in-shoe contest. Check out the fabulous photos!

Child Advocates of Silicon Valley provides Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) for children in foster care, serving 810 young people in Silicon Valley in fiscal year 2017. CASAs are appointed by a judge to speak-up for a child in foster care, to serve as friends and mentors, and help children navigate the dependency care system. CASAs make an incredible impact. While unfortunately half of teens in foster care in California do not complete high school, last year, 95% of teens served by Child Advocates of Silicon Valley completed their graduation requirements. But training those excellent volunteers takes resources:

“The money raised at Wine, Women, and Shoes will allow us to recruit nearly a hundred more CASAs to serve foster children in Santa Clara County,” said Karen Scussel, Child Advocates of Silicon Valley’s executive director. “We have 150 children on our waiting list, and these generous women’s time and money will make a major impact in the lives of vulnerable children and youth.” Child Advocates of Silicon Valley was grateful to a range of community-minded sponsors, including:

  • Event Sponsors: Macy’s. StarOne Credit Union, Wells Fargo, Kendra Scott and Ms. Nikki King.
  • Fashion Partners: Artemis Boots, Diptyque, Ellen Brook, Kathy Kamei, Kendra Scott, Macy’s, Nuraxi, Rocks with Soul, Susie O’s Handbags, and Trina Turk.
  • Wine Partners: Flora Springs, 25th Conundrum, Knight’s Bridge, Testarossa, Boisset Collection, Cannonball Wine Company, Mood Swing Wines, Emmolo, Blackbird Vineyards, Wente Vineyards, and Ancient Peaks.

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