Father Joe’s Villages’ Children’s Charity Gala

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Black-tie gala raises over $1 million

Father Joe’s Villages held its 37th annual Children’s Charity Gala on May 7 at the US Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego. The black-tie event, called Hope Blooms, supported services for more than 450 families and more than 900 children served by Father Joe’s Villages annually. The services include housing, food and health care, as well as therapeutic childcare, academic support, tutoring and family counseling. The gala raised more than $1 million, a first for the event.

This year’s gala honorary chairs were Qualcomm’s CEO Cristiano R. Amon and his wife, Adriana.

At the event, Ed and Ann Witt and Mike and Celia Schleyhahn were recognized for their commitment to helping San Diegans experiencing and overcoming homelessness. The Witts received the inaugural Father Joe Carroll Award. The Schleyhahns received the Bishop Maher Award.

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