Angels Foster Care hosted its eighth annual “Al Fresco Afternoon” luncheon on a sunny Friday in the gardens of the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore in Montecito.
Angels Foster Care parents Sara and Eric Fernandez were honored at the luncheon and shared their family’s story of love and compassion.
“No matter what the outcome, fully opening our hearts to each of the precious tiny humans we’ve been able to care for has been the most incredible thing,” Sara Fernandez said.
The couple have fostered five Angels babies and adopted two, most recently 10-month-old Lucas.
Also announced was the launch of the Lionheart Legacy Fund, an initiative dedicated to providing extra resources for Angels Foster Care babies and toddlers with significant medical or developmental challenges.
The luncheon is timed to coincide with National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April and as an advance to National Foster Care Month in May.
The outdoor fundraiser, to benefit Angels Foster Care babies and toddlers, featured a social hour with blush wine, a Mediterranean-inspired menu of chicken skewers and quinoa, and beautiful table décor, along with live and silent auctions.
About 250 guests attended the event, with many wearing new spring colors and a variety of hats and fascinators. Catherine Remak and Erin Graffy served as co-emcees. Angels Foster Care executive director Holly Carmody presented the Corporate Sponsor Awards.
Lori Baur and Katie Wisner Barbieri were the Al Fresco event co-chairwomen helped by committee members Meichelle Arntz, Megan Simon Brand, Monica Babich, Sara Keppler Donen, Cynthia Frohling, Jennifer Hecht, Olivia Huynh, April Leon Jacobsen, Marsha Kotlyar, Sheri Mardiat, Holly Murphy, Shannon Neels, Christy Philip, Ali Quivey, Leanne Schlinger, Michele White and Annie Williams.
The top Diamond Angel Sponsor was Land Rover Santa Barbara represented by Scott Westbrook and Tory Clumec. Additional sponsors included Montecito Bank & Trust, Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals, Pivit Global, MK Properties, Nightout.com, The Little Ones Foundation, the Babich Family Foundation, Coast2Coast Collection, Nikki and Larame Greene, and others.
Angels Foster Care serves local infants and toddlers from birth through age 3 and their siblings up to age 5 who have suffered abuse, abandonment and/or neglect. Angels matches each foster child to a well-trained, loving foster family (aka resource family).
Angels families offer children in foster care a safe, stable home until reunification with biological parents or adoption occurs. Licensed Angels social workers provide parent training and support.
Angels Foster Care has placed more than 250 foster infants and toddlers in stable homes since its inception in 2006, and 119 of those children have been adopted into their Angels families.
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