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.
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.”
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.
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.