Helping Kids… Promises2Kids Gala

6/28/2013 – UT SAN DIEGO – Appearing on the rock music scene in 1971, REO Speedwagon rapidly rose in popularity. The band, which has sold more than 40 million albums to date, performed a private concert recently in La Jolla.

It was a fundraiser for Promises2Kids (formerly the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation). P2K serves over 5,000 San Diego County children each year through such inspiring programs as Guardian Scholars, Camp Connect and the Polinsky Children’s Center. They let foster children know that somebody cares for them, believes in them, and will help them overcome any obstacle.

Titled “Dream On,” this was P2K’s fifth annual Summer Concert Gala hosted by honorary chair Joan Waitt at her gorgeous estate atop Mount Soledad. Sold out at 580 guests, it was also the biggest, netting $500,000 for the cause. It began with a sunset VIP reception overlooking the ocean, offering guests a meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with the band. The main party continued with cocktails and canapes on the expansive lawn, where tables were set for dinner. Read More…

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Foster youth share inspirational stories of support provided by Promises2Kids


50 students in Guardian Scholars program honored

6/26/13 – RANCHO SANTA FE REVIEWBy Kristina HouckHaving missed more than a year of elementary school between foster homes, Jennica Rebelez struggled academically as a child. With the help of Promises2Kids’ Guardian Scholars program, the 25-year-old is now pursuing her doctorate degree at UC Santa Barbara and training to be a school psychologist.

Promises2Kids’ Guardian Scholars program encourages former foster youth like Rebelez to pursue higher education. The program provides participating students with academic scholarships, financial aid workshops, and college planning and mentoring support. Read more…

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Promises2Kids benefit with REO Speedwagon.

6/24/13 – SAN DIEGO MAGAZINE : Monday Morning Good News – DREAM ON presented by Kevin Prior and ICW Group employees 2013 Summer Concert Gala was held on June 10 at the estate of Joan Waitt in La Jolla. Promises2Kids was the beneficiary of the $500,000 net proceeds from the evening. REO SPEEDWAGON performed a private benefit concert.  Promises2Kids conducts programs and services for San Diego’s foster youth at Polinsky Children’s Center, Camp Connect and Guardian Scholars. Some of the sponsors were Jeannie & Arthur Rivkin, Marc-Aaron Realtors, Gatto Pope & Walwick and SDG&E. Joan Waitt said, “It was an honor to be involved with this event and what it accomplished for our foster youth.” Read more…

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Group helps foster youth consider STEM

6/19/2013 – UT SanDiego – A nonprofit group that works with foster youth has created a program to help high school students learn more about the fields of science, technology, engineering and math and consider future career opportunities. Developed under a partnership with Ashford University, which provided a $30,000 grant, the Promises2Kids organization developed the Junior Guardian Scholar program, which was kicked off in January.  Read more…

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Promises2Kids event features REO Speedwagon


6/19/2013 – Rancho Santa Fe Review – Rock legends REO Speedwagon performed at the fifth annual Promises2Kids gala on June 10 at the home of Joan Waitt in La Jolla. View photos

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Nearly 90 Foster Siblings Reunited At Camp Connect

8/2/12 – KPBS.org – Imagine a weekend filled with swimming, rock climbing and horseback riding. Sounds like any kid’s dream vacation. However, this camp trip is even more special for foster children because they are reuniting with their brothers and sisters who are in different foster homes. Read more…

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