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                                                                                                       Volume            No. 22         >   Issue 2               >      s u m m e r / fa l l 2 0 1 1




          the
Special Advocates: A Child Heard, A Life Changed
by Sharon M. Lawrence, Esq., President/CEO of Voices for Children

                                                                                                          be removed from their         for Children, that recruits, trains and supports
                                                                                                          biological families because   a large cadre of volunteers who serve as court-
                                                                                                          of abuse or neglect and       appointed special advocates. Founded in 1980,
                                                                                                          placed into an institution    Voices for Children is a private, nonprofit
                                                                                                          or foster home. A social      agency that is the sole organization designated
                                                                                                          worker, attorney and          by the court to provide these advocates to foster
                                                                                                          judge will be assigned to     children. These volunteers receive 35-40 hours
                                                                                                          each of their cases. The      of free training, and become experts on the
                                                                                                          county foster care system     cases of the children to which they are assigned.
                                                                                                          collectively takes over       Often working one-on-one with a child or
                                                                                                          parental responsibility.      sibling group, the advocates review confidential
                                                                                                            Does this system have       documents and interview all who are involved
                                                                                                          problems? Absolutely. Is      in the children’s lives, including foster parents,
                                                                                                          it funded in an adequate      teachers, social workers, attorneys and biological
                                                                                                          manner so that the            families. Most important, they get to know the
                                                                                                          caseloads are reasonable?     children personally, meeting them in their
                                                                                                          No. Do parents and
                                                                                                                                        homes and taking them on outings to learn their
                                                                                                          children receive the
                                                                                                                                        personalities, hopes and dreams. It is the critical
                                                                                                          necessary services in a
                                                                                                                                        job of court-appointed special advocates to
                                                                                                          timely fashion? Not always.
                                                                                                                                        present to judges their recommendations about
                                                                                                          Is the foster care system
                                                                                                                                        the best interests of their assigned children.
                                                                                                          an unwieldy, complicated
                                                                                                                                        These judges make life-altering decisions, such as
                                                                                                          bureaucracy? Yes. But
                                                                                                          there is much more to         where the children will live, what schools the will
                                                                                                          this story and San Diego      attend or what therapy they need.
                                                                                                                                             This year, some 800+ volunteers from Voices



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                      Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) with her case child                         deserves to know how these
                                                                                                          children can be helped.       for Children will advocate in court for 1,200
“        tories about child abuse are often                                       There are many dedicated professionals who care       foster children. But there are thousands more in
         reported in the media. They detail                                       deeply: foster parents who teach children how         the system who need an advocate, and thus Voices
       the horrific circumstances in which a                                      to trust and love again, compassionate judges         for Children recently adopted a vision to triple
child was found, the unbelievable abuse suffered                                  who care about the needs of the children who          the number of children it represents by 2015.
by children at the hands of those who should                                      sit before them in court every six months, social     To accomplish this dream, community support
love them the most, and the failings of the                                       workers who devote themselves to at-risk children     is critical to attract many more volunteers and
professionals who work in the foster care system.                                 despite the ponderous bureaucracy in which they       sufficient private funding to recruit, train and
But rarely do the reports explain the complicated must work, and attorneys who make sure children                                       support them. While we know that we face the
laws and regulations that govern how these                                        get the services they need and at least some of the   same funding challenges as every nonprofit
children are cared for, nor when successes do                                     justice they deserve.                                 organization in San Diego, our foster children
occur. In San Diego County this year, 6,000                                            In addition to these professionals, there is     can’t wait. We must find a way to help them.
children will be living in foster care. Most will                                 a nonprofit organization in San Diego, Voices                                             Continued on page 6

Published Sunday, May 15, 2011, San Diego Union-Tribune




One Adoptive Family’s Story
     You may have received a letter from Debi Green on behalf of VFC. Debi spoke movingly
of the impact that a CASA, Art Tabanao, had on the two boys Debi eventually adopted – Sean
and Luis. Recently we received an email from Debi letting us know that Luis, after graduating
high school, was on his way to boot camp in Illinois, where he is in training to be a member of
the elite Navy SEALs; and Sean graduated from high school. All of us at VFC are very proud
of these boys, and grateful to Art for his dedication as their CASA. Along with the matching
support of an anonymous donor, Debi’s story allowed us to raise more than $74,000 — which
will be enough to fund 30 volunteers this year. Thank you to all who contributed in order for
us to reach this milestone. We are proud to report that this campaign won the “Direct Mail of
the Year” award from the American Marketing Association’s San Diego Chapter.
                                                                                                                                                   Sean and Luis Green with their mother, Debi




                                                                                     Mission stateMent
   Voices for Children (VFC) transforms the lives of abused children in San Diego County by providing them with volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs).


              The Voice is a nonprofit newsletter published three times a year by: Voices for Children • 2851 Meadow Lark Drive, San Diego, CA 92123 • 858-569-2019 • www.speakupnow.org
  eDITorIal Team > Lynn Basquez • Kate BuntenBach • Katie coLLings • anne farreLL • Kristen Kurtz • eric pitarresi             PrINTING > north shores printery              DesIGN & laYouT > MiLton yi
Board of Directors
Rochelle Bold, Treasurer
Vicky Carlson
Ann Parode Dynes
Lisette Farrell
Anthony Farwell
Kevin Harris
Marina Marrelli, Vice Chair            Celebrating Achievement commemorates the
                                     academic success of students living in foster care
                                                                                                           Tammy Hershfield, co-founder of Computers 2 SD Kids, surprises
                                                                                                           graduate with a refurbished laptop for his future college studies
                                                                                                                                                                                 Accompanied by his CASA, Cheryl Greaves, a young graduate
                                                                                                                                                                               is congratulated by Lauree Sahba, Board Chair and Tim Orozco,
Scott Peters                                                                                                                                                                           representative for Assemblywoman Toni Atkins

Dick Pfister
Beth Plavan
Lauree Sahba, Chair
                                     Three Cheers for Our High School Grads
Jill Skrezyna, Secretary                  Our annual “Celebrating Achievement” graduation
Robin Stark                          party took place on May 11, 2011 at Rosecroft, the
Alan Talbott                         historic Point Loma home of Mary and Scott Clifton.
Haeyoung Kong Tang                   The event honored the young men and women in foster
Lise Wilson                          care who completed high school this year. Since nearly
In May 2011, new Board members       50% of foster youth do not graduate from high school,
and a new slate of officers for      their accomplishment merited a party!
FY2011-2012 were elected. We              The joyous occasion was also a reminder of the
welcome Lisette Farrell, Scott       important difference a CASA makes in a foster child’s
Peters, Dick Pfister, and Lise       life—CASAs help a child beat the odds and excel in ways
Wilson; and offer our deep           they might never have imagined. CASAs, VFC staff,
                                                                                                                               Tammy Hershfield and Sharon Lawrence look on as CASA,
appreciation to Peter Arrowsmith,    and friends gathered in the Clifton’s backyard for                                          Betty McDonald praises her case child’s achievements
Laura Boyer, Pat Hughes, Dave        a catered dinner and live entertainment by Varsity
Jackson, and Susan McClellan for     Strings. Speaking to the graduates, Judge Laura Birkmeyer shared the wisdom of Dr. Seuss, “You have brains
their years of selfless service on   in your head, you have feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself any direction you choose.” With the help of their CASAs, these
the Board of Voices for Children.    young men and women are headed in the right direction. We thank the Clifton family for allowing us
                                     to celebrate in their home, and we offer three cheers to the graduates and our deepest gratitude to their
                                     dedicated CASAs.
Community advisory
Council
Joan Waitt, Co-Chair
Tom Murphy, Co-Chair
David Archambault
Kathryn Ashworth
                                                                                                                            Makua Rocked it at
Joye Blount
Janice P. Brown                                                                                                             Humphreys by the Bay
Kate Collier                                                                                                                More than 200 guests limbo’ed on down to Humphreys by
Ilia Terrazas-Dickey                                                                                                        the Bay for a ‘Rasta’-inspired evening benefiting Voices for
Mindy Fletcher                                                                                                              Children. Makua’s JAMAICA ME CRAZY took place on
Nathan Fletcher                                                                                                             Saturday, May 21st and featured a
Dick Freeman                                                                                                                live steel drum band, silent
Craig Irving                                                                                                                auction, games at Kingston’s
Dori Kaufman                                                                                                                Coconut Alley, a dynamic
David Marino                                                                                                                live auction, and ska sounds
Patsy Marino                                                                                                                provided by various local recording
Ian O. Mausner                                                                                                              artists, including Lacy Younger.
Hon. James Milliken                                                                                                         Makua never fails to put the FUN back into FUNdraiser and
Eleanor Navarra                                                                                                             their 58th Annual Event was no exception! The night netted
Sheryl Scarano                                                                                                              more than $90,000 and helped Makua surpass their goal of
Cecil Steppe                                                                                                                raising $1 million (gross income) for Voices for Children
Katie Sullivan                                                                                                              since 2004.
Dale Yahnke
We welcome Dick Freeman, who
joined the CAC in May 2011.                        Maria Herman, President of Makua and Sharon Lawrence,
                                                            President/CEO of Voices for Children




Volunteer Milestones
Being a volunteer at Voices for      Salute to Makua Members
Children takes a loving heart, a
passion for the cause of foster      VFC’s women’s auxiliary, Makua, Friend of Voices for Children, recognizes several of its members, past and
children, and perseverance in the    present, for their exceptional support. They took on leadership roles as Makua President; chaired the
face of innumerable obstacles.       group’s Annual Events; gave long-term service to Makua; and built the bridge to our affiliation with
And to do this work for a decade     them starting in January 2004. Voices for Children joins Makua, Friend of Voices for Children in thanks to these
or more takes a very special         outstanding women for working together to achieve great things!
sort of volunteer. We are proud
to welcome two CASAs to our          Jonni Bailey                                         Mary Alice Godfrey                                  Ginger Kossy                            Beth Plavan
“veteran volunteer group,” with      Kris Barry                                           Heidi Grady                                         Sue Lee                                 Kim Prendergast
each of them serving for 10 years    Stacy Carlson                                        Rebecca Hartmann                                    Susan Loveall                           ‘Rocky’ Rockhill
or more.                             Mary Correia                                         Jennifer Heft                                       Maureen Manos                           Nikki St Germain
                                     Karen Driscoll                                       Maria Herman                                        Barbara Meserve                         Betsy Tecca
To Leslie Constantini and            Dawn Eastman                                         Gale Hill                                           Cheryl Moder                            Pam Volker
Barbara Witzell: thank you for       Ann Gallagher                                        Madeline Hossman                                    Kim Mooney                              Bridget Wear
giving your time and energy          Cindy Garrett                                        Jeri Koltun                                         Kiki Morton                             Beth Zedaker
so unselfishly, and for being
powerful advocates for your case     Makua welcomes new members interested in working together to raise funds and awareness for Voices for
children through thick and thin.     Children. For more information, write to membership@makua.org.
 Former Foster Youth Win First Place                                                                                                  Casa sue snyder
                                                                                                                                      Retires after
in National CASA Film Contest                                                                                                         ten Years
                                                                                                                                      If you have
    Suamhirs Rivera and Candace Kaimuloa (former foster children                                                                      had the
and currently “The Real Word” speakers for Voices for Children)                                                                       pleasure of
were recently honored for their participation in the National                                                                         meeting CASA
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)                                                                                               Sue Snyder,
Association’s “Fostering Futures Youth                                                                                                you know that
Video Contest.” Suamhirs and Candace                                                                                                  she is not only
each created a poignant video chronicling                                                                                             a generous,       Sue Snyder, we will miss you!
their experiences in foster care and the                                                                                              thoughtful,
often tumultuous process of aging out of                                                                                              humble and compassionate
the system at 18. Funded by National CASA,                                                                                            person, but also a fierce
they attended a two-day film-training                                                                                             2
                                                                                                                                      advocate for her case children.
seminar, and then received cameras and                                             1                                                  In her ten years as a Court
were given two weeks to conceive and produce                                                                                          Appointed Special Advocate, Sue
a video that creatively documented their                                                                                              served 13 children and made a
personal stories. Candace and Suamhirs were                                                                                           life-changing impact on their
selected along with three other finalists to                                                                                          lives. Sue retired this year and
return to Los Angeles to work with professional                                                                                       is currently traveling around
editors to refine and submit their finished videos to a national selection        1 Candace Kaimuloa spends time in the CBS
                                                                                    studio with her CASA, Genevieve Knych-Rohan
                                                                                                                                      the United States, but she will
committee. In May 2011, Voices for Children learned that both Suamhirs            2 Suamhirs Rivera accepts award at annual           always be a part of the Voices
and Candace were selected as co-winners of the contest.                             Jewelers for Children Foundation Gala in
                                                                                    Las Vegas
                                                                                                                                      for Children family. We offer our
    Suamhirs traveled to Las Vegas to accept his award at the annual Jewelers                                                         profound thanks to Sue for her
for Children Foundation Gala, while Candace traveled to New York City and was honored at a luncheon                                   commitment to our children and
hosted by CBS Television executives and the Board of Directors of the National CASA Association.                                      our cause.
As co-winners of the contest, Suamhirs and Candace each received a professionally-edited version of
their video, certificates documenting their participation in the video workshop, and camera equipment
to continue exploring the world of video production. Visit our YouTube Channel at                                                     Voices for Children
www.youtube.com/Voices4ChildrenSD1 to view their winning videos.
                                                                                                                                      Welcomes new staff
                                                                                                                                      Since February 2011, Voices has
                                                                                                                                      welcomed a number of new
Granting Recognition to Our Loyal Supporters                                                                                          staff members. These include
                                                                                                                                      CFO James Scoffin; Program
     Generous grants of note in recent months include: $30,000 from Rivers of Hope Foundation, the                                    Supervisors Carmisha Moore,
charitable organization of San Diego Charger Philip Rivers and his wife Tiffany; $60,000 over two years                               Freya Gordon, Bianca Snead,
for Advocate University from the Weingart Foundation and the Galinson Family Foundation of the Jewish                                 Allison Schafer, Rachel Fugate,
Community Foundation; $15,000 from Impact Giving of Orange County, $10,000 from San Diego                                             Christie Missig, Matt Olson, Nick
County Bar Foundation, and $2,500 from Pratt Memorial Fund of Union Bank, all in support of our                                       Stenson, and Luke Schlimme;
Infants & Toddlers Program. Voices also appreciates recent donations from The Fieldstone Foundation,                                  Karen Ryle and Diana Rangel in
Cubic Corporation, De Falco Family Foundation, the Money/Arenz Foundation, U.S. Bank, Vons,                                           Business Operations; and Kate
and Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity – Eta Iota Chapter.                                                                                  Buntenbach in the Development
     Special kudos to the CASAs who donated directly or found funding for VFC through their employers,                                department. They are all part of
philanthropic connections, or networks during the past few months. These very special CASAs include                                   our expanding Serve Every Child
Nancy Rosenberger who spoke at the Del Mar/Solana Beach Rotary Club which led to generous funding from                                vision and are helping Voices
their annual Bocce Ball tournament. Nancy’s oratorical skills also inspired a gift from the Delta Chi Sigma                           for Children reach more foster
fashion show. Lynne Kennedy solicited many of her friends and families with our Spring Direct Mail                                    children with the caring advocacy
letter; and we received generous support from Jocelyn Bauer and The Bauer Foundation. Laura Kuelbs                                    of CASAs.
organized a board-breaking fundraiser benefiting Voices for Children at Family Karate in 4S Ranch.
Matching gifts received from CASAs or their spouse’s employer include: Clarence Flowers (Genentech),
Christie Ranney (Union Bank), Antonio Ramos and Barbara Stone (Qualcomm), Terri Keyes (Pfizer),                                       end of Fiscal Year
Jennifer Reynolds (Sempra Energy), Margaret Bradley (Hewlett Packard), and other CASAs with generous,
anonymous employers. Many thanks to each of you for your exceptional fundraising efforts!
                                                                                                                                      2010-11 stats

                                                                                                                                      1,138
Corporate Matching Gifts                                         Starfish!
                                                                                                                                      children served (generally
                                                                                                                                      one-on-one) with a CASA

                                                                 The Perfect Appreciation Gift
                                                                                                                                      51,000
     Many companies offer matching gift
programs to encourage employees to contribute
to charitable organizations. Most match an                       Do you want to thank a committee, a team of
employee’s donation dollar-for-dollar, and some                  coworkers, a group of teachers, or a board of                        volunteer hours donated by
“pay” for volunteered hours with a contribution                  directors? Are you looking for a unique gift of                      nearly 800 volunteers
to the organization It is a great way to multiply the            appreciation for your corporate clients? Consider

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impact of your generosity!                                       our starfish, with an enclosed inspirational story
     To determine if your employer matches gifts,                about the importance of making a difference! These
contact your human resources department or visit                 beautiful and reasonably-priced gifts help fund the
                                                                                                                                      new CASAs trained through
the Matching Gifts section of our website at                     CASA Program at Voices for Children. Go online to
                                                                                                                                      Advocate University
www.speakupnow.org. If your company is not                       www.speakupnow.org to view our line of hand-blown,
                                                                 starfish paperweights, ornaments,

                                                                                                                                      4,943
listed, check with your HR Department. For more
information, contact Eric Pitarresi at (858) 598-2243 or         keepsakes and sterling silver
ericp@speakupnow.org.                                            jewelry. Each is beautifully
                                                                 packaged at prices from                                              children’s cases assessed
                                                                 $15 to $140. For more                                                and triaged
                                                                 information, please contact
                                                                 Kate Buntenbach at (858) 598-2232 or
                                                                 kateb@speakupnow.org.
                                  UPCOMING EVENT
September 24, 2011
9th Annual Starry, Starry Night:
Turn on Your Heartlight!
                                                   Sharon Lawrence Named
October 6, 2011                                    “Woman of the Year”
Couture for a Cause, benefiting                    On Monday, March 21st, Sharon Lawrence,
VFC, at the San Diego Air and                      President/CEO of Voices for Children, was named
Space Museum                                       2011 Woman of the Year in California State
October 26, 2011                                   Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher’s 75th district.
Annual Judge’s Luncheon for                        We are so proud to be recognized for Sharon’s
President’s Council and                            outstanding leadership on behalf of San Diego
1980 Group members at the                          County’s foster children. Congratulations,
University Club                                    Sharon, on this well-deserved award!

November 10, 2011                                                                                                              Sharon Lawrence (center) accepts her award for Woman of the Year
Volunteer Appreciation Event at
Museum of Contemporary Art
San Diego

                                                                                                                         Giving the Gift of a
                                                   Continued from page 1
For more information about our
upcoming events, please visit our                       Foster children, like all children, need a
web site at www.speakupnow.org.                    family – a forever family. They need to belong.
                                                   If it is not safe for them to go home to their
                                                                                                                         Lifetime
                                                   own biological families, then we must help find                       If you are drafting a will for the first time or if you
Vehicles for Voices                                another family to welcome them. Over the 30                           are thinking about changes to your current will,
                                                   years Voices for Children has served San Diego,                       please consider a bequest to Voices for Children
Don’t let an unused car,                                                                                                 and know that your gift will transform the lives of
                                                   our advocates have been instrumental in helping
motorcycle or boat                                                                                                       foster children. Whether you decide on a specific
                                                   some 60,000 foster children. Many were
gather dust! Donate                                                                                                      gift amount, a percentage of your estate, or a
                                                   adopted; others were returned home safely to
it to Voices for                                                                                                         percent of the residual, there may be sizeable
                                                   their biological families after extensive parental
Children where the                                                                                                       tax benefits for you and your heirs. You may
                                                   services and counseling. Thanks to advocates’
money raised will help                                                                                                   designate your bequest for current
                                                   involvement in educational development,
provide more at-risk foster youth                                                                                        projects or, if you wish, for our
                                                   many foster children have graduated from high
with CASAs and you can get a tax                                                                                         endowment fund, where it will
                                                   school, gone on to college and have led happy,
write-off! For more information                                                                                          generate annual investment
                                                   productive lives.
about Vehicles for Voices, contact                                                                                       revenues to fund Voices for
                                                        Juvenile Court is a confidential, closed system
Kate Buntenbach at (858) 598-2232                                                                                        Children’s work long into the
                                                   that protects the privacy of the children and
or kateb@speakupnow.org.                                                                                                 future. For more information,
                                                   parents it serves. As a result, those working on
                                                   behalf of foster children – including the special                     please check our website or contact
                                                   advocates – rarely receive the recognition they                       Anne Farrell,
information session                                deserve. Yes, the system has many challenges and                      Vice President
Calendar                                           complications, and must be improved. And yes,                         of Philanthropy, at
                                                   it desperately needs increased resources. But we                      annef@speakupnow.org or
Interested in becoming a CASA                                                                                            (858) 598-2246.
                                                   are very proud that for three decades, Voices for
volunteer? Join us at one of our
                                                   Children has trained thousands of hardworking,
free Information Sessions.
                                                   compassionate volunteers who work tirelessly on
Upcoming dates:                                    behalf of foster children. We salute their devotion
september 14                                       to helping San Diego become a better place.”
september 22
  (Del Mar Branch Library)
october 5
november 9                                         Voices for Children’s social network: Join Us!
January 4                                          http://twitter.com/voices4childrn
All sessions are on Wednesday                      http://SpeakUpNow.fbfollow.me
from 5:30 to 7:00pm and held
in our training room, unless
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otherwise noted. Reservations
are required: please contact
Susan Smith at (858) 598-2235 or
susans@speakupnow.org.
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annual Report
This year, in order to be more
“green,” VFC is presenting its
most recent Annual Report
electronically. To view, please
visit www.voices4children.com
and read about our agency’s
many accomplishments!                              a Member of the national
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                                                   r e T u r N s e rV IC e r eQ u esT e D
 Brad Tecca, Tournament Co-Chair (far right) with teammates Brig Black (far left),                          Steve and Kristy Gregg and Dee and Jon Ammon of US Bank’s foursome                   Jim Wening of US Bank (left) and his team, Darr Woods and Dan Farren
          Pat Gravitt, and Hack Adams at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club




    Players Tee Up to Support Voices for Children
    	

    V    oices for Children’s 19th Annual Golf Tournament tee’d off on April 25, 2011 at the beautiful
         Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. Superb weather and a pristine course made for a great day of
    fun for more than 120 golfers. After 18 holes, players and their guests mingled for cocktails and a
    silent auction before enjoying dinner, a live auction led by Chargers’ commentator, Hank Bauer,
    and a powerful presentation by Freya Gordon, an adoptive mother, and her three sons, who all were
    foster children with CASAs. Co-chaired by Dave Jackson and Brad Tecca, the event netted more than
                                                       $90,000 for our CASA program. Special thanks
                                                       to our major sponsors: Dowling & Yahnke, Laurie
                                                       Mitchell and Brent Woods, US Bank, and Tecate
                                                       Industries, as well as all our participants for helping
                                                       to make this event a huge success.                                                                                                            Tournament Co-Chair Dave Jackson (3rd from left) with
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Roger Prendergast, Jeff O’Connor, and Clint Hale

                                                                   On July 23, the 6th Annual Nikki St. Germain Memorial Golf Tournament was held at Riverwalk,
                                                                   an event that honors the memory of one of the most passionate supporters of Voices for Children,
                                                                   Nikki St. Germain. Her children, Doug Arthur and Lauren Yates, their spouses, Remley Arthur
                                                                   and Scott Yates, Nikki’s husband Dave Jackson, and a legion of friends (including many members
                                                                   of the Young Professionals Group) helped ensure another successful day of golf, with net proceeds
             Doug Arthur (left) and team pause for a group shot at
               the Nikki St. Germain Memorial Golf Tournament
                                                                   of $30,000. We are grateful to sponsors the San Diego Orthopedic Associates Medical Group, Don
                                                                   and Ron St. Germain, Silvergate Bank, Hale Engineering, Jerome’s Furniture, SENTRE Partners,
    Skylar Powell, Quality Social, and to the Dodge, McCain, Navarra, and Jackson families, and to all the players who joined in for a day of golfing fun and
    remembrance of the vivacious and brilliant Nikki St. Germain, who was so dedicated to helping foster children through VFC’s CASA program.




                                                                                                                                                                                                 Family Karate Breaks
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Boards for Voices
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kiai! The families of 4S Ranch came
                                                                                                                                                                                                            together on Wednesday, July 27, for an
                                                                                                                                                                                                            inspiring night of board-breaking at
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Family Karate, a San Diego-based
     YPG members and spouses (left to right) Sean Giffin,                               Petco greets YPG and CASAs on the big screen                                                                        organization with five locations through-
Remley Arthur, Marcy and Richard Bull, Scott and Lauren Yates
 and Doug Arthur host CASA Appreciation Night at Petco Park
                                                                                                                                                                                                            out the County. Senior instructor
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mr. Carroll opened the event by
                                                                                                                                                                                                            reaffirming the tenets of Tae kwon do to
    YPG Sponsors CASAs at Petco Park                                                                                                                         Little ones line up to break boards in support
                                                                                                                                                                                                            all of the young participants—that they
                                                                                                                                                                                                            be models of courtesy, integrity,
    On June 28, 2011, 20 members of the Young Professionals Group (YPG)                                                                                          of Voices for Children at Family Karate    perseverance, self-control, and
    and their spouses hosted a group of 30 veteran CASAs at a Padres game                                                                                 indomitable spirit in practicing karate and throughout their lives.
    to express appreciation for the dedicated work of our CASAs. Attendees                                                                                $600 was raised for Voices for Children through this unique event
                                   enjoyed drinks and ballpark fare at the                                                                                coordinated by black belt CASA, Laura Kuelbs.
                                   Western Metal Supply Building’s rooftop
                                   at Petco Park. Are you a young professional
                                   in San Diego who is interested in supporting
                                   Voices for Children and networking with
                                                                                                                                                          2 Sisters. 363 Miles. 1 Cause.
                                   fellow community leaders? Contact                                                                                      From June 25, 2011 through July 8, 2011,
                                   Katie Collings at (858) 598-2213 or                                                                                    two sisters, Lori and Holly Chapin,
                                   katelync@speakupnow.org for more                                                                                       walked the coast of Oregon to raise
                                   information.                                                                                                           awareness and funds for Voices for
                                                                                                                                                          Children and Essex County CASA in
                                                                                                                                                          New Jersey, and to spread the word about
                                                                                                                                                          CASA programs nationwide. Lori and
                                                                                                                                                          Holly went through rigorous training in
                                                                                                                                                          the months leading up to their 363-mile
    CASAs and YPG members mix and mingle                                                                                                                  journey. They braved harsh conditions
                                                                                                                                                          and injuries, but supporters of CASA
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Lori and Holly Chapin stop for a photo
                                                                                                                                                          programs nationwide cheered them on,                  while trekking the Oregon coast
                                                                                                                                                          inspiring them to complete their goal.
                                                                                                                                                          Lori and Holly have raised $2,000 for Voices for Children; they have
                                                            CASAs, David Amaya (left) and John Weinstein (right) enjoy                                    also raised awareness of the plight of foster children everywhere.
                                                           the game with Outreach Coordinator Jesus Sanchez (center)
                                        Voices for Children’s Major Donors 2010-2011
The following list includes all donors to Voices for Children who have contributed $5,000 or more between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011. We are grateful to each and
every one of these generous benefactors, and to the 1,800 other donors who contributed under $5,000 in this period or who gave in-kind gifts. You are giving hope to
foster children throughout San Diego County. In the next issue of The Voice, we will acknowledge all donors of $1,000 or more.

$100,000+                                                   Sally and Jeff Busby                                         Gary Barber                                                  Monte and Sandra Koch
Anonymous (3)                                               Center for Car Donations                                     Bloomingdale's San Diego                                     Matt Landa and Jennifer McIlvaine
The Leichtag Family Foundation                              Charles and Ruth Billingsley Foundation                      Bloomingdale's                                               Sharon Lawrence and Darin Boles
Makua, Friends of Voices for Children                       Becca and Jason Craig                                        Laura and Ethan Boyer                                        Alison LeBlanc
Qualcomm Incorporated                                       Steven Craig                                                 Marigrace and Herbert Boyer                                  Sarah and Kurt Livermore
                                                            Dawn and Bill Davidson                                       Annette and Daniel Bradbury                                  Gabriela and Felipe Manriquez
$75,000+                                                    Day for Change                                               Barbara and Shaun Burnett                                    Larry D. Marcus
The Estate of Abel De Brito, Jr.                            Dowling & Yahnke, Inc.                                       Britton and Paul Buss                                        Deborah and Claude-Anthony Marengo
National CASA Association                                   Lynne and Steve Doyle                                        Greg Byrum                                                   Susan and Mark McKenna
                                                            Farrell Family Foundation                                    C.J. & Dot Stafford Memorial Trust                           The Mervyn L. Brenner Foundation, Inc.
$50,000+                                                    Anthony and Caroline Farwell                                 Debra and Edward Capozzoli                                   Steven Mollenkopf
Judicial Council of California                              Genentech                                                    Shawn Covell                                                 Money/Arenz Foundation, Inc.
The Rose Foundation                                         Impact Giving                                                Covington & Burling LLP                                      Tim and Jennifer O'Connell
Charles E. White                                            In-N-Out Burger Foundation                                   Gigi and Ed Cramer                                           Otay Greenfield Developers
                                                            McCarthy Family Foundation                                   Karen and John Creelman                                      Pacific View Foundation
$25,000+                                                    Lee and Stuart Posnock                                       Carol and Pedro Cuatrecasas                                  Pamplemousse Grille
Jocelyn Bauer                                               Price-Galinson Collaborative Fund                            De Falco Family Foundation, Inc.                             Kim and James Peterson
Rochelle and William Bold                                   ProFlowers                                                   Del Mar/Solana Beach Rotary Club                             Dick and Kristi Pfister
Jim and Karen Brailean                                      Qualcomm Matching Gift Program                               Larry and Sara Dodge                                         Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch
Galinson Family Foundation                                  George Rhodes                                                David and Nancy Doyle                                        Lisa Rehrer
Maria and Michael Herman                                    Samuel & Katherine French Fund                               Mark Doyle                                                   Renee and Duane Roth
David and Patsy Marino                                      San Diego County Bar Foundation                              Dr. Seuss Foundation                                         Jeanne and Theodore Roth
Tony and Nancy McCune                                       Sheryl and Bob Scarano                                       Ann and Robert Dynes                                         Mary and Gene Rumsey
Nikki St. Germain Memorial Golf Tournament                  The Seth Sprague Educational & Charitable Foundation         Dr. Charles C. and Sue K. Edwards                            Lauree and Monte Sahba
Price Family Charitable Fund                                Shrontz Family Foundation                                    Gina and Raymond Ellis                                       Dorian and William Sailer
Price-Lynn Collaborative Fund                               Jill Skrezyna and Alex Sun                                   Fieldstone Foundation                                        Sempra Energy
Kalpana and James Rhodes                                    Katie and Daniel Sullivan                                    Randy and Cambra Finch                                       Robin Stark
Rivers of Hope Foundation                                   United Way of San Diego County                               Debby and Wain Fishburn                                      Bill and Margie Strauss
Joan Waitt Family Fund                                      Weingart Foundation                                          John Fowler                                                  Alan and Ellen Talbott
   (A combined gift from Emily Waitt, Hailey Waitt,         Brent Woods and Laurie Mitchell                              Fuller Jenkins Charitable Fund                               Tecate Industries, Inc.
   Joan Waitt, Max Waitt, and Sophia Waitt)                                                                              Markus Gemuend                                               Marie Tuthill
                                                            President’s Council ($5,000+)                                Rodger A. Grove                                              U.S. Bank
$10,000+                                                    Anonymous                                                    Helmstetter Family Foundation                                Vons Companies Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Anonymous                                                   Sepi and Peter Arrowsmith                                    Hervey Family Fund                                           Sue and Gary Weisman
Association of Legal Administrators San Diego               Kathryn Ashworth and                                         Intuit Foundation                                            Ann and Philip White
Bank of America Charitable Foundation                          The Honorable Thomas T. Ashworth                          The Irving Group                                             Lany and Alex Zikakis
Bridgepoint Education, Inc.                                 Bank of the West                                             Tom and Nettie Keck                                          Judith and Howard Ziment


                                           We make every effort to be accurate. If you have any questions about this list, please contact Eric Pitarresi at (858) 598-2243, or ericp@speakupnow.org.




Poker Group Sends                                                                                                                                      Voices for Children Partners
Our Kids to Camp!                                                                                                                                      with the San Diego
A local poker group, calling themselves
The Nebenkanoozers, upped the ante this
                                                                                                                                                       Foundation
past spring to raise over $3,000 in support                                                                                                            Check out our brand-new Better	Giving profile at
of foster children longing for summer camp.                                                                                                            http://bettergivingsd.guidestar.org. This thorough
Former VFC Board member Dave Jackson                                                                                                                   description of Voices for Children’s services,
made a presentation to the group,                                                                                                                      management, financials, and policies
helping them understand the life                                                                                                                       helps potential donors understand the
challenges that foster children                                                                                                                        need and results of their philanthropic
face. Many children were able to                                                                                                                       investment in our programs. Powered
attend camp thanks to this                                                                                                                             by GuideStar, and supported by
donation. A big thank you to                                                                                                                           San Diego Foundation staff, Better
these generous players for                                                                                                                             Giving informs the community about nonprofit
bringing these kids a “wild card”                                                                                                                      organizations providing essential services for the
surprise this year.                                                                                                                                    Greater San Diego region.

				
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