People love to come together for a good time and a good cause. The annual Women Helping Women Benefit Breakfast continues to draw generous people who make it possible for women in desperate situations to find shelter and hope for themselves and their children.
Nearly 100 people attended this year’s breakfast on Nov. 19 and participated in the raffle, silent auction and live auction, generating more than $14,000.
The money will help support the WHW Transition House, a facility in Peñasco where women and their children who have suffered abuse or abandonment find a home for up to a year while they secure employment and full-time housing.
In addition to providing food, medical and legal assistance for the residents, the funds this year will help with storm damage repair and home improvements.
The organization was founded and is driven by Nancy Britos with committee support from Deb Alsen, Lavita Suttie, Sandie Lester Murray, Margie Soltys and Tamie Galles. Many others pitched in for the fund raisers. Assisting with the Breakfast this year were Sally Downey, Steve Van Holton and Lee Chapman who did an outstanding job as live auctioneer, driving bids up well beyond retail values.
The auction item donors and sponsors were numerous, starting with Jorge and Shayna from Manny’s Beach Club where the event took place. Jorge provided bottomless mimosas and Shayna provided stunning flower arrangement center pieces for each table. Those arrangements were sold at the end of the event for an extra boost in revenue.
Other major sponsors include Alejandro Portugal Insurance, Bandito’s, Casago, Chango’s Bar, Diego’s Tiki Bar, Dream Living Rocky Point Real Estate by Artemiza Gandara, Elite Tours & Transportation, JJ’s Cantina, Encantame Soleil, Jolie’s Place in Chandler, Keller Williams Real Estate, Leo’s Bar, Rocky Point Times, Rocky Point Scuba Dive, Shark Bite, Tekila Bar, Wrecked at the Reef.
In addition, nearly 100 individuals and companies donated items for the silent auction and raffle – everything from artwork and collectibles to gift certificates was presented in beautifully wrapped baskets.
A highlight of the event was a testimonial from a resident at the Transition House.
For more information about Women Helping Women Peñasco, contact Britos by e-mail at WHWpenasco@yahoo.com or by calling 602-846-1736.
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The Women Helping Women Benefit Breakfast, was attended by 95 women and men, helping to generate more than $14,000 for the organization’s Transition House.
There was lively bidding for the beautifully presented gift baskets in the raffle and silent auction.