13th Annual Gala Event Highlights

The 2017 Gala was a fun, moving and successful fundraising event for the Foundation. Friends and family gathered together for auction shopping, sharing a meal, and listening to inspirational speakers share their experience of receiving services from the Tim Griffith Foundation.  We are thrilled to report that over $100,000 was raised to support our work helping those in need throughout our communities.

Stacey Redman, founder and president of the Foundation welcomed everyone and reflected on the fact that it has been 13 years since Tim’s passing, and shared how much the Foundation has accomplished in his spirit.  “Thank you for believing in the work we do. You make a difference in the lives of many people. Thank you for your support, I have to believe that Tim approves.”  Stacey then announced Pam Smith as this year’s Volunteer of the Year Award winner, and gave Pam the Nancy Harris Volunteer Award.  Pam was an attendee at a Meadowlark Mother’s Retreat, and since then has given her time and talent in support of many retreats by helping to plan, shop, cook and of course commune with other Mothers.

The most anticipated portion of each Gala program is when we hear from clients of our services.  And this year was as special as ever.  Timo Anaya shared his experience of benefiting from the Tim Griffith Foundation and Acknowledge Alliance partnership.  Timo persevered through a difficult childhood when his parents were deported back to Mexico, leaving him and two sisters to raise themselves.  Timo allowed his anger to get the better of him and ended up in Juvenile Detention.  Once he was allowed to return to high school, he took advantage of the counseling services available through Acknowledge Alliance.  Not long after, Foundation board member Deb Lemos arranged an internship for Timo with the Stanford University Math Department where he made great contributions to the department.  Timo is now working part-time at Stanford and enrolled in Community College.  His co-workers from Stanford and his two sisters attended the Gala to support him and to show their pride. 

Tima and sisters with Deb Lemos

Timo and sisters with Deb Lemos

Next, Eric Sexton, a participant of the Bridges program and a resident at Tim’s House, funded by the Foundation, shared his story.  His message was one of thankfulness and hope as he spoke of Tim, “I want you all to know something.  His passing will never be in vain.  I believe he has saved many lives, including mine, and I can’t express with words how grateful I am.”  Eric shared that he lost his younger brother to violence, and that loss motivated him to break the cycle and change his life. 

The Annual Gala is possible thanks to our many sponsors, listed below, and to our almost 100 event volunteers.  

The Meadows Family In Memory of Christopher Meadows

Howell Electric

Carolyn Yates

Theresa Hernandez-Heinz and Gerry Heinz

San Francisco Giants

Gary Maxworthy and Radha Stern

Allison Thoreau and Lou Vasquez

San Mateo County Realtors Association (SAMCAR)

Yvonne Ellison-Sandle

rPam and Stacey - Volunteer of the year

Pam and Stacey - Volunteer of the year

We are so grateful for everyone who supports the Foundation and believes in our work.  We look forward to 2018 and expanding our programs to help more individuals and families affected by addiction, violence and loss.