Kids & Families Together (K&FT) is a nonprofit that has been serving foster/resource, adoptive, kinship, and birth families throughout Ventura County since 2000. K&FT works with children who have experienced trauma, abuse, neglect, loss, and multiple placements. K&FT also works with caregivers who need specialized education, support, and strategies to help raise safe, healthy, nurtured children that thrive.
With the enormous success of K&FT’s inaugural gala event last November, plans were in place to bring back the event in 2020 to be held again at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, overlooking the beautiful ocean and hillside views of the City of Ventura. Over 250 attendees enjoyed “A Home for the Holidays 2019” an amazing evening of dinner, musical performances by Ventura College Choir, silent and live auctions all hosted by NBC-4’s Fritz Coleman as Master of Ceremonies. Unfortunately, like most live, in-person events scheduled for 2020, K&FT has had to postpone this year’s gala event, and they look forward to bringing it back (live and in-person) in November of 2021!
In light of the events of the past ten months, 2020 still offered many opportunities to celebrate stories of success! With this in mind, K&FT would like to cordially invite you to join them for “A Home for the Holidays 2020” – A Virtual Celebration & Fundraising Event. This free, online event will take place on Thursday November 12th from 6pm – 7pm in the comfort of your own home!
Local Ventura actor Jill K. Allen and actor/director Travis Greer both of the 2019 feature film, “A Rock N’ Roll Heart” will be the hosts for the evening. This one-hour, live, online event will celebrate Kids & Families Together’s 20th Anniversary, and recognize the critical clinical counseling and peer-mentoring programs K&FT provides to Ventura County foster/resource, adoptive, kinship, and birth families, along with the community partnerships that allowed the agency to provide other essential goods and services to these families that K&FT would normally not provide. Specifically, daily meal pick-up and deliveries to families during the COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place orders that occurred in the Spring.
The three month long (6 day/week) meal distribution effort brought together an international nonprofit organization, a Ventura restaurant, one third of the staff members from K&FT, and 100 local volunteers! In recognition of this extraordinary effort, the 2020 Founder’s Awards will be presented to World Central Kitchen and Rincon Brewery Ventura. The event will feature the stories of families that have directly benefited from K&FT’s counseling and mentoring programs. They will also share how the addition of the meal distribution efforts impacted their families during this trying time. Please join us for an evening of recognition, celebration, and inspiration.
Event sponsors already include: Montecito Bank & Trust, Sharon & John Woolley, Vivian Mullett, P. Mark Kirwin of the law offices of Kirwin & Francis LLP, and Pacific Western Bank. Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available!
Click on the link below to register for the event, make a donation to Kids & Families Together or to become an event sponsor!