6.09.2013

Turning Point Home Fundraiser, Butterfly Banquet

I attended the Butterfly Banquet last night at MCRD, held in the Bayview Restaurant, to benefit Turning Point Home.
The silent auction offered up fabulous items (Chargers and Padres tickets, Artisan craft work, Lithographs, hotel stays, Antique fine porcelain). 
Commonly, fundraisers purchase their auction items, and bid them at a higher price, making the profit margin skinny.  All items here were donated - sought after by an ambitious crew, one year in the planning.
This was my fifth year...I always bring a new guest so that I may share the experience and introduce others to one of the few remaining residential homes available to women in San Diego County seeking alcohol rehab and treatment, utilizing a tried-and-true social model of recovery.
In the last few years, many facilities have closed due to the economy and lack of social services funding. For a non-profit to run in the black, and 43 years strong, a fiscally sound organization like Turning Point needs our community support. Turning Point Home operates in the traditional grass-roots ethos, utilizing local resources, expertise, and old fashioned generosity from hard-working people.
New roof? Labor? Materials? Business suits? Ideas? All of these things make us richer, better, safer.
I'm aware that giving money to adult women, alcoholics, trying to get sober and save their lives, isn't one of those soft and fuzzy causes that opens our wallets. We much prefer to give to children or animals...understood.  
But, remember this: these women are mothers, daughters, sisters, neighbors, religious, bankers, bus drivers, civil servants, teachers, lawyers, homeless. You name it!
Master of Ceremonies, Tim Lucey, Board President, did a wonderful job of keeping the evening flowing. Food was excellent and the view was outstanding. I talked with some very old friends and made a few new ones.
I look forward to attending in 2014!
Elise, supporter

Shannon, a friend of 28 years, and new supporter
Beautiful Music by Sarah Maisel