Caminar's 2nd Annual Fundraiser:
Our second annual fundraising event, In Concert with Caminar: Challenging the Stigma, held at the beautiful Carolands Chateau, was a tremendous success, thanks to the wonderful support from our friends and supporters.
The evening began with cocktails and delicious hors d’oeuvres provided by Weir Catering; a silent auction in the grand dining room; and both scotch and signature cocktail tastings in the library. Guests had the opportunity to move from room to room to appreciate the extraordinary beauty and exquisite detail in each room at the historic mansion. They then moved to the main ballroom, where John Clinton, Caminar’s Board Chair, greeted the guests to begin the main program. On behalf of the Board, he thanked all the key people who made the event possible, particularly the Johnson family; sponsors; auction donors; in-kind donors; program participants; Carolands staff, and Caminar staff.
Livingston Taylor and Shelly Berg followed with the first of two musical sets in which they captivated the audience with their lively performance and musical artistry.
The live auction, led by auctioneer Frank Bizzarro, featured active bidding for coveted items that included a catered dinner for 18 at the Carolands Chateau; a 49ers VIP package; a private photo shoot with renowned photographer Michael Collopy; a personal tour and lunch with Congresswoman Anna Eshoo; and a one-week stay at a lovely vacation home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.The goal for the Fund-a-Need for YAIL was to raise funds to support Caminar’s Young Adult Independent Living program, that supports young adults, ages 18-25, who have severe mental health disabilities and co-occurring substance abuse issues. Elizabeth, a 24 year-old who was diagnosed as bipolar and was in and out of hospitals and suicidal as a late teen, told her story about the impact YAIL has had on her life. After receiving help from YAIL and its Seeking Safety program, she recently graduated from Notre Dame de Namur as a first-generation college graduate in her family and is now living independently with a full time job. After listening to her account of her journey, the audience responded with a lengthy standing ovation. All in all, it was truly a magical evening.
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Thank you to our corporate sponsors:
Thank you to our auction and in-kind donors: