Father Joe’s Villages to Honor Local Champions Ending Homelessness

| May 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

34th annual gala to raise funds for children experiencing homelessness

Guests at Father Joe’s Villages 2017 Children’s Gala helped raise funds for homeless children. Photo by Ashley Strong.

Hundreds of supporters will gather at Father Joe’s Villages’ Children’s Charity Gala to dine, dance and honor community leaders who have gone above and beyond to serve those experiencing homelessness. The event takes place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, May 5 at the U.S. Grant Hotel, located at 326 Broadway in downtown San Diego.

Franklin Antonio, co-founder of Qualcomm, who made possible a public lunch program that serves nutritious meals in a safe, sanitary location every day of the year, is recipient of Father Joe’s Villages Award. Students from Cathedral Catholic High School and St. Augustine High School, who have been volunteering to serve meals at Father Joe’s Villages at least monthly for seven years and 18 years, will receive the Bishop Maher Award. The Mulvaney Family, who actively carries on the legacy of Jim Mulvaney, Sr., who worked alongside Father Joe as the first chairman of the board, will receive the
Founder’s Award.

Children who are homeless are four times as likely to have developmental delays and twice as apt to repeat a grade in school. Proceeds from this event will benefit Father Joe’s Villages’ therapeutic childcare program, which places focused attention on children to help them build resilience, self-sufficiency and the foundation for a better tomorrow.

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