Sail away for the Sept. 28 Friends of the Valley Restart fundraiser


A clipper ship tour and a night and dinner aboard the famous Queen Mary and a luxury yacht cruise may be a dream come true for some lucky person attending the second annual The Friends of the Valley Restart fundraiser, Saturday, Sept. 28, at 5:30 p.m.

Best of all, the sailing adventures won and the money raised for them will help many families securing shelter in Hemet’s Valley Restart facility.

This year, the Friends of the Valley Restart benefit will be held aboard a replica clipper ship at Golden Era Productions, 19625 Gilman Springs Road, in San Jacinto. The space aboard the ship is limited to 200 passengers for the “Cruise of the Inland Passage” fundraising event.

The event will include a fine dinner and a silent auction and live auction with many items available, including an autographed basketball signed by the 2018-2019 Lakers team with a certificate of authenticity; one night and dinner for two aboard the Queen Mary anchored in Long Beach; a jersey signed by Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma with a certificate of authenticity; a stay at the Soboba Casino Resort; a sail on a luxury yacht with up to six people on a private charter; four tickets to one regular season Lakers game at Staples Center with an upfront view of the action; two tickets to a regular season Golden Warriors game at their new Chase Center stadium in downtown San Francisco in a private suite with food and drinks.

The fundraiser will help families and others finding shelter at The Valley Restart facility, 200 E. Menlo, in Hemet. The purpose of the shelter is to “help the homeless who want to help themselves.” In 2018, they had a 98% success rate in helping people restart their lives and find permanent housing and jobs.

Last year they provided shelter to 266 people which included 53 families with a total of 132 children. The Navigation Program which has been in place for a year was funded by the city of Hemet. It consists of going out on the streets and contacting homeless people and getting them housed. There have been over 128 contacts made, and over 42 homeless people have been housed, according to the Friends of the Valley Restart.

For more information or tickets, call Valley Restart at (951) 544-9573 or visit Donations for the nonprofit organization are always welcome.

Tony Ault can be reached by email at