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PEERS Network Annual Gala Benefits Just in Time for Foster Youth

| December 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

Philanthropy, Entrepreneurship, Environment, Relationships, Social (PEERS) Network hosted its third annual black tie gala event at a private estate in Rancho Santa Fe and raised more than $180,000. Proceeds from the event benefits Just in Time for Foster Youth, based in Old Town San Diego, a nonprofit organization that provides transitioning foster youth with opportunities for self-sufficiency.

PEERS Network selected Just in Time as its gala beneficiary after several of its members volunteered at Just in Time’s College Bound program earlier in the year, where volunteers help the transitioning, college-bound foster youth shop and pay for school supplies, laptops and printers.

“When our PEERS Network members had a chance to hands-on volunteer with the kids, I remember being so moved that these kids were so positively impacted by Just in Time,” said Bill Malloy, a member of PEERS Network. “I remember one woman standing up and giving a speech at the event, saying she wouldn’t have graduated college if it wasn’t for having Just in Time to call when she was having a hard time.”

“The PEERS Gala was an incredible opportunity to raise awareness and share Just in Time’s story with a whole new group of people that might have taken us years to reach otherwise on our own, and that has at least as much value to us as the monetary donations they raised for us,” said Don Wells, Just in Time executive director.

PEERS is a group of local entrepreneurs whose mission is to give back to the San Diego community by helping enhance and improve philanthropic pursuits while providing a network to encourage entrepreneurism. For more information, visit www.peersnetwork.org

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