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Boys Town California’s Night of Hope Was a Marvelous Success

Picture this: an elegant resort ​overlooking the California oceanside, black and white décor accenting a cocktail bar where guests can watch the sun set, and an acrobat hanging upside-down pouring champagne into crystal glasses. These magical touches and others made this year’s Night of Hope an evening to remember.

With a vintage circus theme, the event was held October 17 at Pelican Hill and was truly an enchanted showcase for its 220 guests. The event team went above and beyond, and it paid off – Development Director Christina Garkovich says they raised over $140,000 from the night.

The aerialist group Circo Etereo returned to perform their mesmerizing act and a Maserati was on display, but even so, the glamour did not overshadow the message of this fundraiser. Rather, the exuberance served to underscore the community’s dedication to the mission of Boys Town, which was loud and clear, making the night as heartwarming as it was beautiful.

Not only did previous Boys Town youth Christiana Martin provide photography, but two other previous Boys Town youth were featured. The primary speaker of the night was Yesenia Rodriguez, who shared her moving Boys Town story with the audience. Christina Garkovich recounts that “it was pretty powerful. There were lots of tears.”Azahel Toredo also returned this year to deliver the prayer, after telling his inspirational Boys Town story at last year’s Night of Hope.

In addition to the youth, multiple speakers made the night memorable: Boys Town California Executive Director Lawren Ramos spoke, KTLA5’s news anchor Chris Schauble was highly entertaining as master of ceremonies, and television host and singer Matt Roger was a hit as the auctioneer. Roger helped solidify the importance of the auction for helping Boys Town expand its reach. “He really connected with everyone and learned a lot about the mission and vision of Boys Town,” adds Garkovich. She goes on: “It was a really fun evening. Everyone had a really good time.”

The auction was a resounding success, too, with 86 items sold in the silent auction and 7 items sold live. One particular sale stood out: a one-of-a-kind Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle which went for $16,000.

The evening also included time to honor both Coto for the Cure, a charitable organization in Coto De Caza, California, and board member Rosanne O’Brien for their contributions to Boys Town California. The event would not have been possible, of course, without the generous support of its sponsors, including: Gordon Csutak, Hartmann Law Firm, IMA/KCOMM, Jon McClintock, Miller Miller Menthe, Rosanne O’Brien, South County Lexus, and the Zarley Family Foundation.

Boys Town California wishes to offer a heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped make the night such a success, and such a celebration of the Boys Town mission.