11th Annual Gala "Sparkle & Shine" Raised $220,000 toward Expansion!
On October 12, 2017 we hosted our 11th annual fundraising Gala at Hotel Maya for 325 guests. The evening raised a record breaking $220,000! Auctioneer Randy Gordon led the crowd through a rousing Live Auction and “Fund-a Need” Paddle Raise, which garnered over $100,000 alone. On a perfect Fall evening overlooking Rainbow Harbor, the event also offered a moving presentation from Executive Director Lailanie Jones and a former parent, Lakisha Kennedy, a video performance of the school children, dinner and wine, and a raffle and silent auction. This year’s theme was Sparkle & Shine, symbolizing the brilliant resilience of children facing dire situations. Long Beach’s most vulnerable children are diamonds in the rough, polished and perfect through small class sizes, nurture, and love at Precious Lamb Preschool.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the expansion of the preschool, which was recently licensed to open a new classroom. This addition will allow the school to increase its size by 40%, and provide 15 more children with a free, full-time, and high-quality early education. The expansion will also make possible the designation of a “pre-kindergarten” classroom for older students preparing for grade school.
Precious Lamb Preschool is extremely grateful to all who attended the event and gave their generous support, plus the many supporters behind the scenes who have long walked alongside Precious Lamb to help to break the cycle of homelessness one child a time. To see more photos please visit us on Facebook here .
Presenting Partner: McGuire Builders
Gold Sponsors: Chris & Dennis Neal, Dwight & Tiffany Kay, RK Properties, Mark & Patti McGuire
Silver Sponsor: Scott & Cindy Gilmore, Brenda and Jack McDowell, Kent and Lisa Davis, John Freeborn
Bronze Sponsors: Kerry & Martha Dodd, Jim & Judy Clark, Randy Gordon & Nancy Becker, Phil & Jeannie Jones, All Coast Escrow, William Morris Commercial, Alex & Heather Porter, Ellis Equipment, Steve Isenhour & Gregory Magnuson, South Coast Investment Advisors, Brascia Builders, Inc., Mike & Diane Jensen, Howard & Julie Hamlin, Robert Alexander, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Scott & Leza Reed, The Garden Church, Keya Allen, Deborah's Daughters, WB Powell, Inc., Badger Controls, Inc.
Event Underwriters: JMS Electric, Cal Coast Plumbing, Worthington Ford, Brascia Builders, Velasquez Drywall, Colonial Life