Providing an opportunity for every person
to help children heal, learn and thrive.

Dog Haus Claremont
Dog Haus Claremont

Dog Haus Fundraiser

Dog Haus Claremont

Enjoy a meal while also making a difference. Bring this flyer to Dog Haus in Claremont on Thursday, January 16, 2020 and 20% of your purchase will benefit the Children’s Foundation of America. The foundation provides an opportunity for every person to help children heal, learn and thrive. Be the difference!

Dog Haus Claremont

IMPORTANT: You must show this flyer at the time of purchase for the Children’s Foundation of America to receive a donation.

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Plume Ridge Claremont

Fall Stock Your Cellar

Plume Ridge Claremont

Supporters of Children’s Foundation of America are invited to a special wine tasting event by Plume Ridge Bottle Shop. The event will take place at our office on Wednesday, November 13 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Be ready for holiday gatherings! Take advantage of the opportunity to sample fanatic wines and stock your cellar. Plume Ridge wines make great gifts for friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues!

Bring a new, unwrapped gift for displaced children in foster care, residential therapeutic programs, shelters, underserved communities, or identified by their school as in-need. Youth are ages 0-18. Consider a gift card for fast food or clothing stores for teens.

This event is ideal for wine and food lovers alike so please bring your friends. Space is limited, please RSVP.

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WEREP Check Presentation

“Taco ‘Bout a Party!” Real Estate Professionals Host Fundraiser for Children in Need

WEREP

Each year, the West End Real Estate Professionals (WEREP) host “Taco ‘Bout a Party,” a fundraiser supporting a worthy cause. For the past few years, WEREP has supported the Children’s Foundation of America with this very special event for a cause.

Jorge Merlos

Jorge Merlos presents a donation from WEREP

The West End Real Estate Professionals is a group of local Realtors and Affiliates that meet every Friday morning for real estate education, industry updates, tech tips, sharing listings, creating relationships and more. The group is a registered non-profit, which allows them to come together as real estate professionals to support local charities.

Jorge Merlos, of Integrity Home Finance, and his committee work to make community charity events a success for local causes. He coordinated with Chris and Patricia at Rock & Brews in Rancho Cucamonga to host this year’s “Taco ‘Bout a Party” fundraiser in correlation with the Cinco de Mayo holiday. The fundraiser was also part of our National Foster Care Month awareness campaign.

Sponsors of the fundraiser included Optiva IT LLC , Coldwell Banker Blackstone Realty, Hacienda Escrow Corp, Citrus Valley Association of Realtors, Tano Kapedani, Integrity Home Finance, Platinum Legacy Group, Emilio Nunez, Thomas Louisignau, MBM Credit Solutions, Willy Escobar, Scott Michael Junk, Gabriel Kutkowski, Jeanette Sanchez & Mike Merlos, REMAX Champions, Downtown West Covina , Luis Vasquez, 1st Continental Mortgage Rancho, Ara Bustos, Vanessa Mosqueda, Erik Chaplen, and Anna Millsan. The Laker Girls also made a special guest appearance!

Guests had a fantastic time, enjoying good food, music, dancing and raffles. Combining ticket sales, a portion of proceeds from the restaurant and raffle ticket sales, the fundraiser raised a whopping $4,515 in support of children in need!

Rock and Brews

Rock and Brews donates a portion of sales to CFA

Of the total amount, Rock & Brews donated $915 from a portion of food and drink sales from the evening, and WEREP presented a check for $3,600. In the history of their charitable giving, this donation is the largest WEREP has presented and their most successful charity event to date!

The Children’s Foundation of America is beyond grateful for WEREP’s ongoing support. We look forward to giving a presentation to their group later this year to provide an update on the work we do for children in need and will also attend their famous holiday party!

If you are a service group like WEREP, and would like the Children’s Foundation of America to give a presentation at an upcoming gathering, contact us at 909.426.0773.

 


Jenelle Phillips, Development Specialist
Jenelle oversees the day-to-day operations and staffing of the Foundation, which includes fundraising events, volunteer coordination, community outreach and donations. Above all, Jenelle’s focus is to identify and access resources in order to help children heal, learn and thrive. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from California State University Fullerton and has become very involved in the community. She is active in her church, owns an art gallery, organizes the local art walk and is on the executive board of the downtown district’s marketing group.

Hallway of Healing: Upland Junior High Students Raise $1,255 For Foster Youth

Upland Junior High students raised $1,255 for the Children’s Foundation of America through their “Hallway of Healing” fundraiser. The fundraiser is part of an annual English course curriculum. Students are given writing assignments and a research project to determine a cause they could all believe in and support. This year, they chose “the human condition,” specifically focusing on foster care.

Each year, the seventh grade class at Upland Junior High vote on one nonprofit organization to support through this annual fundraiser. The class selected the Children’s Foundation of America after learning the Foundation supports multiple agencies that directly help children in foster care. By choosing the Children’s Foundation of America, the students knew they were making a wider reach of impact.

The students worked together with their teachers to organize the “Hallway of Healing” project culminating in a presentation to the community. Guests were welcomed to the school to walk the hallways filled with student illustrations and poems as well as facts about foster care and the Foundation. A couple of students sang and played instruments, some wrote and recited poems, and others gave presentations on foster care and the Foundation. A couple of children even shared their own personal foster and adoption stories.

Additionally, students sold bake sale items, 3D printer art and handmade bookmarks to sell for donations. In all, the students raised over $500 in cash donations. The students also participated in our Back-to-School Drive collecting brand new school supplies, backpacks and snacks for foster youth totaling $755 in value.

John Neiuber

The Foundation team was so impressed by all the hard work and passion the students put into their fundraiser benefiting those in foster care. We couldn’t help but be proud of the young philanthropists and all they had accomplished. We were simply honored to be the recipient of their kind efforts. Thank you, Upland Junior High, for your generosity, raising awareness and for encouraging community giving!


Jenelle Phillips, Development Specialist
Jenelle oversees the day-to-day operations and staffing of the Foundation, which includes fundraising events, volunteer coordination, community outreach and donations. Above all, Jenelle’s focus is to identify and access resources in order to help children heal, learn and thrive. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from California State University Fullerton and has become very involved in the community. She is active in her church, owns an art gallery, organizes the local art walk and is on the executive board of the downtown district’s marketing group.

Local Businesses Raise Funds for National Foster Care Month

I Like Pie Claremont

National Foster Care Month is celebrated each year in May to raise awareness and support for children in foster care. There are over 400,000 children in foster care at any given time in the United States and roughly 700 children enter foster care each day.

Children are removed from their families and placed into foster care for various reasons. Their parents may be incarcerated, battling substance abuse, have difficulty providing necessities or may even be abusive. Whatever the reason, these children need support and everyone can do something to help!

The Children’s Foundation of America’s mission is to provide an opportunity for every person to help children heal, learn and thrive. We accomplish this through our volunteer program and fundraisers.

In May, several local businesses partnered with the Children’s Foundation of America and raised $5,900 for children in foster care. These funds will be used for things like sports uniforms, summer camp, yearbooks, graduation cap and gown, scholarships and other resources to help youth participate in the same everyday activities as their non-fostered peers.

Thank you to participating businesses:
West End Real Estate Professionals
Rock & Brews
Tintura Salon
Rio de Ojas
The Giving
Escape Salon
Old Magnolia Shoppe
Bert & Rocky’s Ice Cream
Amelie
Aromatique Skin & Body Care
I Like Pie Bakeshop
Curtis Real Estate


Jenelle Phillips, Development Specialist
Jenelle oversees the day-to-day operations and staffing of the Foundation, which includes fundraising events, volunteer coordination, community outreach and donations. Above all, Jenelle’s focus is to identify and access resources in order to help children heal, learn and thrive. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from California State University Fullerton and has become very involved in the community. She is active in her church, owns an art gallery, organizes the local art walk and is on the executive board of the downtown district’s marketing group.

CFA Raises Funds at Pie Festival

On March 23 local pie lovers united for Claremont’s annual Pie Festival – a gathering dedicated to great food, supporting local businesses, and good causes. Among the many festivities were celebrity bakers, pie-making demonstrations, live music, vendors, food trucks, a pie eating contest and a classic car show. Residents filled the streets to partake  in the festivities. The festival ended with a large pie tasting buffet for everyone to join.

Nestled between rows of food and local artwork, The Children’s Foundation of America had their own booth dedicated to raising funds to support foster youth. For just a $1 donation we invited attendees to test their skills with a bean-bag toss to win stickers and prizes! We also sold tickets to our upcoming comedy show, Funny 4 a Reason, and supplied information on how to become a volunteer.

With the help of our volunteers, the Foundation was able to raise over $200 to aid us in our mission to help children heal, learn and thrive! Our Lion’s Heart Service volunteers helped to pass out flyers, raise money and spread awareness. On volunteering with the Foundation, group chaperone Sylvia Tam says, “CFA is great because it’s helping kids that are at a turning point in their lives, where they can go forward or not. Anyone can donate, whether that be with money or time.”

The Children’s Foundation of America is supported by great volunteers and donors who aid us in our mission. Get involved today! For more information on upcoming events and opportunities to donate, click here!


Jose Rojas, CFA Intern
Jose is an English literature major at California State University San Bernardino. As a CFA intern, Jose attends and photographs events and writes for our blog. He has previously volunteered with The Prison Library Project. In his free time, you can catch him playing tennis or cramming for his next exam.

Support Children in Need Through H&R Block

Children’s Foundation of America Nonprofit Referral ID: 40010001099515

Dine at Blaze Pizza Claremont Friday, July 28 to Support Children in Foster Care

PLEASE NOTE: Must show flyer to cashier before paying to donate 20% of bill to Children’s Foundation of America.

Thank you for your support!

Trinity Classic

Trinity Classic 2016 Golf Tournament Raises Over $100,000 for Children in Need

Trinity Classic

Trinity Classic 2016 golf tournament was a huge success netting over $100,000 in funds raised for children in need. Through tournament ticket sales, raffle ticket sales, golf ball drop contest and general donations, the Children’s Foundation of America raised funds to aid Trinity Youth Services’ programs and to further advance transitional programs for youth after foster care and residential treatment.

Our partners at Trinity Youth Services help trauma-affected youth through foster care, adoption, residential treatment and mental health services in Southern California and Houston, Texas. The Children’s Foundation of America is honored to help their mission by hosting fundraising events like Trinity Classic to benefit the children in their care.

Trinity Classic

This year, the annual event took place on September 12, 2016 at South Hills Country Club in West Covina. Nearly 150 attendees checked in to the registration table, where Trinity Youth Services employees volunteered in greeting guests. Children’s Foundation of America Executive Director and Trinity Youth Services Chief Administrative Officer, Cher Ofstedahl, handed out champagne to toast to Trinity Youth Services’ 50th anniversary as guests posed for a red carpet-style photo.

Trinity Classic

Golfers checked their bags, enjoyed continental breakfast on the patio overlooking the golf course then gathered for an impressive contest: the helicopter ball drop. Guests who entered the contest got a golf ball in their name placed into a large bucket. The golf balls were dropped over a golf hole from the helicopter and the ball closest to the hole won $10,000. Kevin Mink of Image Source was announced the lucky winner and, in support of the cause, declared he would donate half his prize back to the Children’s Foundation of America.

Trinity Classic

As the helicopter circled overhead and exited the course, golfers hopped into their golf carts and began the tournament. Throughout the course were tastings including Buca di Beppo and Iconic Protein. Additionally, a drink cart traveled the course ensuring no one was thirsty and, midday, guests were treated to a boxed lunch.

Trinity Classic

After a full day of golfing, guests gathered at the club house for cocktail hour followed by a buffet dinner of roasted vegetables, creamy mashed potatoes, lemon herb chicken in cream sauce and charbroiled Black Angus steak with forest mushroom demi-glace. Dessert included an array of cakes to choose from including tiramisu and chocolate cake.

As guests took their seats in the banquet hall, Trinity Youth Services CEO, John Neiuber, shared about the important youth programs conducted over the last 50 years and the impact Trinity has made in the lives of over 60,000 children.

Trinity Classic

Children’s Foundation of America Executive Director, Cher Ofstedahl, then took the podium to announce the “Shopping by Chance” winners. Guests took out their raffle tickets and waited in anticipation for their number to be called. With prizes like trips to New York, New Orleans, Catalina, San Francisco, Orange County, San Diego and Palm Springs and packages like “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” “Drone,” “Music Lovers,” “Braces” and “Smart TV,” guests had the opportunity to win big. All prizes were provided by generous businesses to help the Foundation raise funds for children.

Trinity Classic

The winners from the tournament also were announced at the banquet. Tournament first place went to Martin Cichocki, Hiram Rivera-Toro and Jeff Madden. Second place was awarded to Kevin Mink, Jordan Craft, Judith Jarvis and Matt Daniels. Third place was awarded to Mike Ofstedahl, Steve Ofstedahl, Shawn Fitz and Andre Chartrand. The Putting Champion and Closest to the Pin was Martin Cichocki.

Special recognition was given to Hub International for presenting the event. Their support in hosting the golf tournament ensures that all funds raised directly benefit children who have been victims of abuse, abandonment or neglect.

Trinity Classic

Everyone is a winner at the Trinity Classic golf tournament by being the difference to a child in need. Join us at next year’s Trinity Classic golf tournament as we raise awareness and funds for this important cause.