St. Germaine Children's Charity hosted an educational program, Nov. 4, at a La Jolla home where members and guests learned about Hannah’s House, one of 13 social service agencies receiving grant dollars from St. Germaine’s fundraising efforts. Susan Griffin, director and co-founder of Hannah’s House, spoke about the services Hannah’s House offers for divorced or separated families to resolve conflict, prevent family violence and protect children from being caught in the middle of custody battles.
The next fundraising event is the Charity’s Silver Tea, 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9 at an estate in the Muirlands area.
About 400 guests will attend to view the home decorated for the holidays, enjoy refreshments and bid on dozens of auction items such as designer handbags, wine tastings and deluxe accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua.
A highlight of the auction is the Trees for Tots program, which showcases 3-foot-high trees decorated by area merchants, including Adelaide’s, Girard Avenue Collection, Nativa, Sur la Table, Anseth Richards/Creative Occasions and Hydrangea Cove.
2014 co-chairs Nicole Brown and Stephanie LaBrucherie are joined by more than 40 women who oversee planning for The Silver Tea and contribute monetarily to the event.
Additional financial support comes from Donald Daley Jr. and Tauny Daley, Diane Hollingsworth and The Lyman Family Foundation. To date, underwriters have contributed about $40,000.
Since 1984, St. Germaine Children’s Charity has provided financial and in- kind support to San Diego County’s abused and neglected children through grants to the local agencies that serve them — that’s more than $4 million to fight child abuse. In 2010, more than 6,700 cases (8.3 per 1,000 children) of child abuse or neglect were substantiated in San Diego County with an alarming trend in fatal cases. About 5,000 children live in foster care each year.
St. Germaine Children’s Charity 2014 grant recipients are Angels Foster Family Network, Armed Services YMCA San Diego, Aseltine School, Association for Human-Animal Bond Studies, Casa de Amparo, Hannah’s House, New Haven Youth & Family Services, San Diego Police Foundation, SAY San Diego Healthy Start Military Family Resource Center, St. Vincent de Paul, STAR/PAL, The Children’s Initiative and Walden Family Services.