On May 4th, the Children’s Charity Gala honored community leaders working to end the cycle of homelessness. Read more to learn about our 2019 Children’s Charity Gala Honorees.
2019 Children’s Charity Gala
Guests gathered Saturday at the U.S. Grant Hotel to enjoy a night of food, drinks, entertainment and philanthropy for Father Joe’s Villages’ Annual Children’s Charity Gala. The Gala supports Father Joe’s Villages’ Therapeutic Childcare Center and other services for children affected by homelessness. Proceeds from the gala go toward providing comprehensive programs and services to children and families in need, giving them the tools necessary to build a brighter future.
Not only does the gala raise funds and awareness for families overcoming homelessness, it also highlights the incredible accomplishments and commitment of community leaders dedicated to our cause in San Diego.
At the event, Father Joe’s Villages honored community heroes whose services lift up neighbors experiencing poverty and homelessness. These honorees received awards recognizing their contributions to Father Joe’s Villages’ mission to end homelessness, one life at a time. We are proud to present this year’s incredible honorees:
Congregation Beth Israel, The Hunger Project
The Founders Award recognizes individuals whose longstanding commitment to the mission of Father Joe’s Villages is truly exemplary and has helped make the agency what it is today. For 33 years, Congregation Beth Israel’s Hunger Project has provided volunteers for Father Joe’s Villages Sunday morning meal at St. Vincent de Paul Village.
“We are very proud of the work of The Hunger Project and our partnership with Father Joe’s Villages. To be recognized with this award is a deep honor. Many of our members give generously to The Hunger Project each year, making it possible for us to continue.”- Lesley Mills, Executive Director of The Hunger Project
On average, volunteers of The Hunger Project serve 570 hot meals to hungry neighbors in need every Sunday morning. In addition, members of the Congregation contribute regular charitable donations to The Hunger Project such as blankets, diapers, first aid kits and financial gifts.
Mrs. Barbara Claire Caster, In Memoriam
Bishop Maher Award
Father Joe’s Villages presents the Bishop Maher Award to honorees, who, like the late San Diego Bishop Leo T. Maher, put the needs of the poor first. Through his leadership, Bishop Maher helped mobilize assistance for homeless neighbors in San Diego.
Barbara and her husband Terry Caster, owners of A-1 Storage, have been active philanthropic leaders in San Diego for decades, and have known Father Joe for over 40 years.
Barbara held a special love and devotion for children— she and Terry had 8 children, 40 grandchildren and 53 great-grandchildren! She was truly a remarkable woman.
“I loved Barbara very much and was blessed to share my life with her for 65 years. She is honored everyday by them and those who knew her best…Through their love. To receive this from Father Joe’s means a lot to me and my family.”- Terry Caster
After she and Terry toured the Therapeutic Childcare Center, Barbara felt inspired by the hope that she experienced there. She admired the warmth shown by the staff and their efforts to give the children what they needed to break the cycle of homelessness in their family. The generous support of Mrs. Caster and the entire Caster family has touched the lives of countless children experiencing homelessness.
Father Joe’s Villages Award
The Father Joe’s Villages Award acknowledges those who exemplify our message that all neighbors, especially those in need, should be treated with compassion, respect, empathy, empowerment and dignity.
Since 1946, La Jolla based philanthropic women’s group, Las Patronas, has been committed to providing financial assistance to nonprofit organizations throughout San Diego County. With funds generated through year-long fundraising efforts, Las Patronas has been dedicated to helping Father Joe’s Villages in our mission to end homelessness since 1984. In total, Las Patronas has contributed more than $172,000 to Father Joe’s Villages for various purposes including the purchase of kitchen equipment, playground equipment, furniture and mattresses for our shelters and many other charitable items.
Thank you to all of these community leaders for supporting Father Joe’s Villages’ mission to end homelessness, one life at a time!