THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES AND FOR SUPPORTING CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES!
Photos courtesy of Agency Moanalani Jeffrey
On behalf of the Edgewood Auxiliary and the Board of Directors and staff at Edgewood Center for Children and Families, thank you so much to all who joined us to make a difference in the lives of children, teens, and families during the 51st Edgewood Fair at the Bently Reserve on April 6 and 7.
Thanks to your support, we were able to raise nearly $450,000 which will help over 9,000 of the Bay Area's most vulnerable youth and their families this year - an incredible feat of which you should be immensely proud!
During our two-day benefit, we heard stories of inspiration, hope, and perseverance from our presenters that brought smiles to our faces and, at times, tears to our eyes. We enjoyed delicious cuisine, libations, music, exquisite shopping opportunities from nearly 40 exhibitors, and a lively program hosted by emcee extraordinaire, Liam Mayclem, culminating in an entertaining and successful Fund-A-Need.
Most importantly, for 48 magical hours, we all shared a common cause and desire to help children in need. Your voices were loud and clear - the health and well-being of children, youth, and their families truly matter.
Abbey Walker and Kelley Myerberg
Edgewood Auxiliary Co-Presidents
51ST EDGEWOOD FAIR FUND-A-NEED
If you were not able to join us for the Fair, but would still like to contribute to this year's Fund-A-Need, there's still time! Please click the button below to make a life-changing gift for a youth today.
Your generosity will help support the following:
Residential Cottages Capital Improvements
These are the homes where youth in our residential program live and that are in need of dire renovations.
Crisis Stabilization Unit
Helps children who are in acute crisis or suicidal and in need of stabilization.
Kinship Caregiver Program
Provides support for grandparents and other kin to take care of children whose biological parents cannot.
51ST EDGEWOOD FAIR
Thursday, April 6, 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Gala
The evening will begin with a cocktail reception and exclusive shopping opportunities for all attendees with retail vendors donating 25 percent of sales proceeds to Edgewood. Then enjoy an elegant dinner, silent auction, keynote by author and inspirational speaker, Lauri Burns, and a lively evening program emceed by KCBS Radio's "Foodie Chap", Liam Mayclem.
Friday, April 7, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm - Fair Day Luncheon (seating promptly at 12:00 pm)
A morning of exclusive shopping with retail vendors will be followed by the popular Edgewood Luncheon featuring this year's Alumna of Distinction Award recipient, Anne Magill, keynote speaker Jill Anderson, Psy.D, Interim Executive Director SF Campus Operations, and program emceed by KCBS Radio's "Foodie Chap", Liam Mayclem. All retail vendors will be donating 25 percent of sales proceeds to Edgewood.
Friday, April 7, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Fair Day Shopping Only
If you cannot make the Fair Luncheon, but still want to do some shopping for a cause, join us for Fair Day Shopping. Enjoy an open bar, and shopping from more than 25 retail vendors from around the country who will be donating 25 percent of sales proceeds to Edgewood!
SPECIAL THANKS TO THIS YEAR'S LEAD FAIR SPONSORS!
Susan and Bill Oberndorf
Emilie and Andrew Lynch
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR MEDIA SPONSORS
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FAIR SPONSORSHIP CO-CHAIRS
FIRST VICE PRESIDENT, FAIR CHAIR
ALUMNA OF DISTINCTION AWARD RECIPIENT
Anne joined the Edgewood family in 1996 as a member of the Auxiliary. She served as Fair Chair in 2000 and Auxiliary President in 2001. She took a seat on the Edgewood Board of Directors in 2001 and was Chairman of the Board from 2002 to 2005. In 2005 Anne, and her husband Jim, founded Edgewood's Grace Magill Project, named after their daughter Grace who died of suicide in January of that year. For more than a decade, the Grace Magill Project has supported Edgewood’s work to promote adolescent well-being in Grace's memory.
Anne was featured in the film "Motherland," which she co-produced in 2009; an honest and intimate look at the complexities of grief and healing, “Motherland” is about resilience, triumph of the human spirit and the power of unconditional love. Anne is currently an Edgewood Emeritus Director, passionate ambassador for Edgewood and its vital programs throughout the Bay Area, and a spiritual guide to the Grace Magill Project. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Jim, and their nine year old deaf cattle dog, Bunny.
51ST EDGEWOOD FAIR KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Lauri Burns - Author, Youth Advocate
Lauri Burns is the epitome of someone conquering a challenging childhood and turning it into a positive for the greater good. After growing up in foster homes, group homes, and juvenile hall, Lauri was homeless, heroine addicted and prostituted. Today she is celebrated by both local and international press for her story of transformation and her life changing work with America’s most vulnerable youth.
Lauri has fostered 36 teens suffering from substance and sexual abuse, and in 2007 founded The Teen Project with the mission to provide youth exiting foster care and at risk homeless youth with the resources and support of an intact family. Through programs like FREEHAB Life Transformation Center and The Venice PAD Drop-in Center, The Teen Project provides prior foster, trafficked, and incarcerated young women with free drug treatment and vocational training, and gives youth aging out of the foster care system the greatest opportunity for a successful transition into adulthood. In a few short years, The Teen Project has saved the lives of 449 young women and moved over 200 children off the streets.
Lauri has inspired audiences with her story of triumph and forgiveness, and has hosted over 600 speaking engagements all over the world. Her autobiography, Punished for Purpose, details her childhood, life in foster care, homelessness, and her triumph back.
Jill Anderson, Psy.d - Interim Executive Director SF Campus Operations, Edgewood
Jill Anderson has worked with family and youth service programs since 2001. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. She has held several positions at Edgewood during her tenure including Residential Treatment Manager, Admissions Coordinator, and Family Conferencing Facilitator. In her current role as Interim Executive Director for Campus Operations and Behavioral Health Director for Edgewood’s Crisis, Triage and Assessment Programs, she oversees the crisis residential mobile treatment team and crisis stabilization unit. She is passionate about her work with multisystem youth, collaborating with community partners and creating alternatives to traditional psychiatric crisis intervention.
VIEW PHOTOS FROM THE 50TH EDGEWOOD FAIR
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EDGEWOOD FAIR HISTORY
The Edgewood Garden Fair made its debut on May 3, 1967 in the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. It began as a garden festival for the Auxiliary to sell home-grown plants and handmade jams to benefit children with mental illness. Since then, the Edgewood Auxiliary has grown the Edgewood Fair into a sophisticated two-day annual charity extravaganza raising more than $8 million to help the thousands of Bay Area children, youth, and families Edgewood Center for Children and Families serves each year.
DID YOU KNOW?
- The Edgewood Auxiliary was formed in 1948?
- Edgewood Center for Children and Families is the oldest children's charity in the western U.S., founded in 1851?
- In any given year, 13 percent of children in the U.S. suffer from mental disorders, yet only 1 in 5 of those is able to access mental health services?