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Giving Thanks This Holiday

Be thankful for the traditions you share with your family, and give to foster youth who are not so fortunate.

Each year at Thanksgiving I am filled with warm memories of my family and our Thanksgiving Traditions.  For me, I remember big family gatherings with the children playing while my mom and Aunts were busy cooking and sharing all the joys of the past year.  The day always ended with a fabulous meal and sharing how thankful we were to be together as family.  For Andrea, a member of our team, as a child, her family would visit her grandparents every year, and she would spend hours in the kitchen helping her great-grandmother make the pies for dessert.

Maybe you remember helping your mom make cornbread, sneaking a bite of stuffing before dinner, sitting on the couch and watching football with your dad, or going around the table and saying what you are most thankful for.

Today I am writing to you because foster youth don’t have those happy memories, and I need your help to change that.

Natalie spent most of her childhood living with neglectful, abusive parents. Once she was in foster care, she was bounced around between foster homes, and ended up in a group home where it felt that the staff never really cared about her personally.  In all of her 17 years, Natalie never once experienced a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with people who truly cared about her.

But because of our community supporters, last year Natalie sat down for a family Thanksgiving for the very first time.

Hosted by the Promises team, volunteers and many community supporters, Natalie and her fellow Junior Guardian Scholars students were treated to a Thanksgiving meal complete with all the […]

By |November 24th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Giving Thanks This Holiday

Foster Youth Holiday Shopping Days

DECEMBER 5, 9, 11 & 12, 2015

2015 Holiday Shopping Days for Foster Youth 10 Years & Older

Once again this holiday season Promises2Kids will be hosting Our Annual Holiday Shopping Event! We are pleased to announce our holiday shopping partners:  Walmart and Costco

Shopping will take place on 4 separate days:

Saturday, December 5th — 8am-11am 
Costco – Mission Valley
2345 Fenton Pkwy. San Diego, CA 92108
Light breakfast and refreshments will be served

Wednesday, December 9th —  4pm- 7pm 
Costco – San Marcos
725 Center Dr.  San Marcos, CA 92069
Hotdog dinner and refreshments will be served

Friday, December 11th 4pm-7pm
Walmart
4840 Shawline St, San Diego, CA 92111
Dinner and refreshments will be served

Saturday, December 12th 8am-11am
Walmart
4840 Shawline St, San Diego, CA 92111
Light breakfast and refreshments will be served

  • Promises2Kids will have a check in table at the store entrance. Youth will check in by providing their last name and date of birth.
  • No pre-registration is required. Please do not RSVP.
  • Youth not on the list must provide recent placement documentation or a letter from their social worker or they will NOT be permitted to shop.
  • Youth MUST be present in order to participate.
  • This opportunity is for youth to purchase items/ something special this holiday season. Therefore, youth WILL NOT be permitted to purchase the following items – gift cards, toiletries, basic need items or groceries/laundry/cleaning items, alcohol or tobacco.
  • No returns will be possible.

Please contact your County Social Worker/Regional Manager with questions on youth eligibility or to see if your youth is on the list. Registration list is provided to Promises2Kids by […]

By |November 23rd, 2015|Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Foster Youth Holiday Shopping Days

Yigal Azrouël 2015 Spring Trunk Show – December 8th

Join Promises2Kids for an exceptional day of fashion, champagne and hors d’oeuvres when you can meet the designer, shop and pre-order his current Yigal Azrouël and Cut25 by Yigal Azrouël collections.

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Click here to RSVP

By |November 24th, 2014|Events|Comments Off on Yigal Azrouël 2015 Spring Trunk Show – December 8th

Vintage Chanel Trunk Show

Thursday, November 20, 2014

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Jewelry Trunk Show General Reception
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Featuring hundreds of vintage Chanel jewelry items

Private VIP Shopping & Reception
4:30 to 6:00 pm
Select Chanel clothing, handbags and jewelry with first shopping opportunity
Personal stylist
Opportunity to win a $1000 Neiman Marcus shopping spree
Tickets $75

Hosted at the home of Jonathan and Wendy Segal
The Cresta
6005 Avenida Cresta, La Jolla 92037

Click here to make your reservation today
For more information contact 858-278-4400

By |November 12th, 2014|Events, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Vintage Chanel Trunk Show

Solana Beach Super Tasty 5K

Solana Beach Super Tasty 5K Walk/Run to Benefit Promises2Kids!

Saturday, September 6, 2014
Solana Beach, California

Join us for the World’s Toughest Gourmet Walk with 100% of all fundraising dollars donated directly to Promises2Kids — plus $5 from every registration sold.

The Super Tasty 5K is a walk/run event serving up delicious food from twenty Solana Beach eateries. Participants follow the map, sample savory tastings, and collect passport stamps along the five-kilometer route. To keep things fun on this eating adventure, they’ll designate awards for Best Costume, Best Team Theme, and Top Fundraising Individual and Group. Participants finish up at the Bike and Fitness Expo and Expo Beer Garden.

  • FREE food at over 21 restaurants in Solana Beach
  • Free T-shirt
  • Fantastic Raffle prizes for finishers
  • Bike and Fitness Expo

Learn more at Giro San Diego today!

By |August 20th, 2014|Events|Comments Off on Solana Beach Super Tasty 5K

‘Super Tasty’ 5K benefit walk returns to Solana Beach

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‘Super Tasty’ 5K walk on Sept. 6 to benefit Promises2Kids

Del Mar Times / Solana Beach Sun   August 18, 2014

At least 20 restaurants are expected to join the third annual Super Tasty 5K, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 6 in Solana Beach. Once again, the event is a fundraiser for Promises2Kids, a San Diego nonprofit working for the benefit of children in foster care.

Nichole Peterson, executive Director of the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce, helps plan the event with organizers of the Giro di San Diego Gran Fondo, a two-day celebration of cycling, held on Sept. 6 and 7 at Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach. Participating restaurants include Carruth Cellars, Crush, Juicer’s, The Curious Fork, Wild Note Café, and others.

“We’re always trying to help bring business to Solana Beach,” she explains. “Through the Super Tasty 5K, we get to showcase the unique restaurants here by providing a sampling of what each has to offer.”

Giro organizer Carrie Panek, looking to enhance the fun of the “world’s toughest gourmet walk,” conducts a raffle for all participants and awards prizes to individuals and teams in two categories. “It’s a non-competitive 5K, but we like to keep it interesting,” says Panek. “There are awards for the top fundraising team, best individual costume, and best team theme costume.

“Fundraising is important to us, so we encourage people to register today, form a fundraising team, and start soliciting donations.”

The Giro di San Diego Gran Fondo San Diego is a two-day event celebrating cycling, food and San Diego’s North Coast. It features three mass-start road cycling routes, two mountain bike routes, a two-day Bike & Fitness Expo, and the Solana Beach Super Tasty 5K […]

By |August 19th, 2014|News Stories|Comments Off on ‘Super Tasty’ 5K benefit walk returns to Solana Beach

Foster kids reunite with siblings at camp

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About 85 foster kids separated from their siblings had the opportunity to reconnect at a four day camp where they were able to participate in activities together. Sisters Rachel and Rosa scurry through an inflatable obstacle course together enjoying their time together. Christian Rodas

By J. Harry Jones5:56 p.m.Aug. 8, 2014  UT San Diego

JULIAN — Siblings separated by the county’s foster care system are being reunited this weekend at a four-day summer camp in the mountains near Julian.

About 85 kids are participating in Camp Connect, a joint venture between the county’s Child Welfare Services office and the nonprofit Promises2Kids, which raises the funds, organizes the events and provides the volunteers who make it all happen.

Like most summer camps, kids spend the day rock climbing, playing volleyball, horseback riding or goofing around in the swimming pool. But the experiences mean so much more, campers and officials said.

“I’m with somebody that I really love and … with people who love me,” said Stephany, a 14-year-old camper catching up with older sister Ruth on Friday. (Organizers said last names of campers couldn’t be released, by court order.)

County officials say they try hard to keep siblings in the foster system together, but for various reasons it’s sometimes not possible. Of the 3,100 foster children in the system about 500 don’t live together.

“For a lot of our kids they’ve already lost parents, neighbors, their school, and to then be separated from their siblings is devastating to them,” said Margo Fudge, the program director and adoptions manager for Child Welfare Services.

“There is research that shows that […]

By |August 8th, 2014|News Stories|Comments Off on Foster kids reunite with siblings at camp

Back To School Shopping

Thanks to one very generous San Diegan, Promises2Kids is once again helping foster youth get ready to head back to school. Shopping events will be held on August 14 and 18. See below for details.

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By |August 7th, 2014|Past Events|Comments Off on Back To School Shopping

Imagine!

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You enter foster care after playing the parent to your mother for years – only to be placed in foster homes that lock up food, call you names, and threaten to separate you from your brother. How would you cope? This is the true story of Timothy* – and you won’t believe how he persevered.

Growing up, life for Timothy was not easy.  He spent years taking care of his mother – years playing her role.  When he entered foster care, the support he thought he would receive from foster families did not materialize.

What outcomes would you expect from Timothy?

Timothy persevered.  Despite it all, he continued caring for his brother and excelled academically.  Defying all odds, he graduated from the University of California, San Diego and is pursuing law school.

Guardian Scholars enables current and former foster youth like Timothy to pursue a higher education with the support of caring staff, mentors, and a financial scholarship. In moments when foster youth feel alone, Guardian Scholars reminds them that they have a support system – that they have a family.

85% of Guardian Scholars participants complete higher education compared to 3% of foster youth nationally. Your support could mean the difference between homelessness and college graduation for a foster youth like Timothy.

All foster youth deserve access to education – will you help us fulfill those dreams?

IMAGINE! You can make a difference by doing any of the following:

  • Share Timothy’s amazing story on social media.
  • Follow us to hear more amazing stories like Timothy’s. Choose one of the platforms below.
  • Give of your time or talent to support Guardian Scholars.
    Click here to VOLUNTEER TODAY!
  • Give of your treasure to support Guardian Scholars.
By |July 3rd, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Imagine!

2014 Dream On Concert Gala

Concert performance by Grammy winning artist
KENNY LOGGINS

Many Thanks to Our Sponsors and Attendees.

Click here to view Event Photos and VIP Photos!
View sponsors.

Promises2Kids most important fundraising event of the the year, the 2014 Dream On Concert Gala, was presented by Kevin Prior and ICW Group Employees and hosted at the La Jolla estate of Promises2Kids board member, Joan Waitt,

The 6th annual Dream On Concert Gala was attended by over 600 philanthropists, community, and business leaders who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of San Diego’s foster children.

The evening kicked off with a VIP sunset cocktail reception followed by a fundraising auction, dinner and a live concert performance by musical guest Kenny Loggins. CBS News 8’s Shawn Styles was the evening’s emcee.

This year’s event raised a net total of approximately $750,000 in critical funds for foster youth in San Diego County! Last year’s sold out event raised nearly $500,000.

Thank you for all those who attended and supported the success of the Promises2Kids 2014 Dream On Concert Gala!

By |June 12th, 2014|Past Events|Comments Off on 2014 Dream On Concert Gala