As the sun began to fall in the sky and the summer heat subsided Saturday, Sept. 7, more than 100 patrons gathered at a private residence in Temecula Wine Country to raise money for three charities.
“I’m really thrilled to see so many people come out and new faces as well,” Rose Again Foundation CEO Rhonda Reinke said. “So that’s extra special for us. The camaraderie of three nonprofits coming together to benefit more kids, the community; I mean, we couldn’t ask for more.
“It gets the word out to some who did not know about us, but perhaps they get to know about one of the other nonprofits. And that’s kind of something that we’re all sharing here. We’re sharing people that care about children and care about helping children. That’s what tonight is really all about; it’s helping a lot more kids,” Reinke said.
In addition to benefiting Rose Again Foundation, the Sunset in the Vines event also raised funds for The Breakfast Club, an organization that provides breakfast for children in Ethiopia before school, as well as school tutoring and supplies, medical expenses and family support.
“I feel very, very honored to be here,” The Breakfast Club founder Allysa Bassir said. “We have more than 100 kids that we support, so $15 can feed a child for an entire month, so every little bit helps. But things like this can help the program for a long time, by meeting people and networking, it’s a very cool opportunity.”
The third nonprofit to benefit is the Imani Christian Schools, an organization that builds and facilitates schools in Embu and Nairobi, Kenya. The school is closely tied to Rancho Christian School in Temecula.
“Tonight’s fundraiser is kind of the crowing event for our school,” said Brian Rausch. “We have regular sponsors who sponsor us throughout the month, but for any of our building campaigns, we have to go above and beyond that.”
Rausch said the school is progressive, and while they have an elementary school and middle school, they have yet to build the high school and they have students who are almost ready to enter those grades.
“So for us, this is groundbreaking money for the high school,” he said.
“In the next year or so, we will be needing them to transition into the high school,” Simon Nyagah said.
David and Karen LaPointe of La Pointe Wealth Management were one of the sponsors of the evening.
“Rhonda Reinke is a friend of mine and she told me about the Rose Again Foundation, and it touched my heart that there was an organization in town that dealt with not just foster children, but foster families and kids that have timed out in the most care system,” Karen LaPointe said. “So we jumped on board, and my husband David and I are very proud to sponsor. They make a difference in the lives of others. It’s a blessing.”
Murrieta Mesa athletic director John Broussard served as master of ceremonies for the evening that included a poolside four-course, sit-down dinner by Leoness Cellars, dessert, wine, live entertainment, silent and live auction opportunities and compelling stories.
Jeff Pack can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.