Rancho Cucamonga, CA –Inland Empire United Way (IEUW) held its seventh annual Challenge for Children Gala last night, March 8, 2018. The festive evening of dinner, drinks, live entertainment, and silent auctions raised funds for United Way’s programs that feed hungry children, provide school supplies to students in need, prepare youth for college and careers, and connect people with needed community resources.
The Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center was the venue for a cocktail reception, silent auction, and dinner. Over 560 guests were treated to a gourmet dinner, lively dueling pianos by DoubleTree by Hilton Claremont’s Piano Piano, a dance performance by Spotlight Unlimited Ontario, and music by local students. The impressive array of auction lots included the top bid winning Sportsman’s Paradise private charter, Staples Center Suite, LA Kings suite and signed team jersey, VIP Auto Club Speedway experience, rounds of golf at a variety of terrific courses, LA Rams autographed football, Knott’s Berry Farm tickets, Inland Pacific’s ballet show, and game tickets to the Dodgers, Ducks, Angels, and Ontario Fury.
The focus of the evening was the message of Inspiring Stories of Hope for youth and families in the Inland Empire. With one in four children living in poverty in the region, United Way’s goal is to prepare local children for future self-sufficiency. Several stories were presented that demonstrated the impact of the United Way in the lives of low-income families as they seek to provide a better future for their children.
“Inland Empire United Way is a shining example of inspiring hope in a way that really matters,” said Paulette Eaton in her presentation at the event. “Because of the United Way and its Kids Pack program, a single mom of three of our students is able to ensure her children have enough to eat, have food security on the weekend, and has help in making her income go a little further.”
“This was an inspiring night with so many individuals and businesses recognizing the deep needs of families in our community and stepping up to meet the challenge for children in the Inland Empire. The work we do is only possible by the community joining together with us to help break the cycle of poverty and it’s encouraging to see so many helping youth see beyond today’s challenges and realize their potential for a brighter tomorrow,” said Alyssa Cotter, Director of Development of the Inland Empire United Way.
This year’s Gala set an attendance and fundraising record. More than 560 generous guests gathered to do their part and raised over $125,000 that will now be used to help Inland Empire children and families in need.
Inland Empire United Way is committed to improving the lives and futures of children and families in need by investing in Education, Health, and Financial Stability. We are proud that contributions given local, stay local and an impressive 88% of every dollar is invested in direct program activities. By partnering with a network of local nonprofit organizations, United Way delivers critical services to our community, connects individuals in crisis with needed resources through 2-1-1, and increases the power of local charities by providing dedicated volunteers.www.ieuw.org
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