Spring Soirée Raises Needed Funds for Walden Family Services

Ron Brady, Micki Olin, Mary Alice Brady, Vicki & Chris Eddy

L to R: Ron Brady, Micki Olin, Mary Alice Brady, Vicki & Chris Eddy

Solana Beach, CA—In celebration of National Foster Care Month, Executive Chef Jeffrey Strauss hosted an intimate dinner at Pamplemousse Grille on May 22, 2018 to benefit Walden Family Services. The event raised over $21,000 for Walden’s wide-ranging programs on behalf of children and youth in foster care.

Chef Jeffrey Strauss with former foster youth Haley Bergam and Walden Board chair Arlene Lieberman

22 guests were treated to an exquisite four-course menu with special wine pairings, all while learning more about Walden’s programs. “Jeffrey has been a friend to Walden for a long time, and we are extremely grateful for his generosity and ongoing support,” said Walden CEO Teresa Stivers. “His commitment to children’s causes, and to Walden’s work with foster children, is truly inspirational.”

Haley Bergam, Walden CEO Teresa Stivers, Arlene Lieberman and foster mom Jennifer Bishop

After dinner, Haley Bergam, a former foster youth in Walden’s transitional housing program, talked about her experience in foster care. She and her older siblings entered foster care when Haley was in the fourth grade. They were extremely fortunate to be placed in one home together—something Walden works hard to accomplish every day. Now 22 and ready to graduate with an Associate’s degree in Biology, Haley credits her foster family and Walden Family Services with giving her the support she needed during her transition to young adulthood.

Quentin and Melissa Blackford with Board member Emily Shults and her husband Ted

Notable guests included Mary Alice and Ron Brady; Micki Olin; Vicki and Chris Eddy; Arlene Lieberman; Emily and Ted Shults; Quentin and Melissa Blackford; Kristen and Steve Shea; Haida and Ali Mojdehi; John Stephens; and Haley Bergam and Jennifer Bishop.