2020 Stars of the Valley celebrates beneficiaries’ fights to overcome adversity

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Stars of the Valley beneficiary Jacob Cazares is held by his father Steven, while his mother Kaila, smiles as they are announced to the crowd at the 2020 Stars of the Valley event Saturday, Feb. 8, at Pechanga Resort Casino. Valley News/Time Stood Still Photography photo

The 14th edition of the Charity for Charity Stars of the Valley gala event at Pechanga Resort Casino Saturday, Feb. 9, sent everyone who attended the fundraising event home with a full heart.

This year’s beneficiaries included Child Beneficiary Jacob Cazares who is currently fighting stage 4 brain cancer at 2 years old; Young Adult Beneficiary Jesse Roman, 21, who survived a rollover car accident and is working through a traumatic brain injury while adjusting to losing sight in his left eye and Adult Beneficiary Wendi Miller, a 45-year-old fire captain, fighting cancer throughout her body and brain.

As each of the beneficiaries was brought onto the stage, attendees were introduced to each with a video of their story and the battles each one is fighting.

Charity for Charity Founder and CEO Charity Prestifilippo served as master of ceremonies for the evening and announced each of the wish-fulfillments that were gifted to all three of the beneficiaries.

Prestifilippo also announced a new fundraising event for 2021 – a Dancing with the Stars of the Valley event that will feature confirmed dancers that include: son of boxer, Sugar Ray Leonard, Ray Leonard Jr.; model and actress, Brande Roderick; MotoX Freestylist Todd Potter and MMA fighter Ashley Yoder.

The Heart of the Mission award was presented to sponsor AC Pro.

When all the tears were wiped and wishes fulfilled, there was a live auction as well as performances by The Greatest Showman and The Great Dubois.

For more information on the Stars of the Valley event and Charity for Charity, visit at www.charityforcharity.org/stars-of-the-valley.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at jpack@reedermedia.com.