6th Annual “Be the Light” Charity Gala Hosted by Shelter to Soldier

A local non-profit that adopts and trains dogs from shelters and gives them to veterans is holding a fundraiser gala next weekend.

Elizabeth Alvarez met with Graham Bloem, Shelter to Soldier Founder, and veteran Vic Martin to talk about the 6th Annual “Be the Light” Charity Gala.

The 6th Annual Benefit, Be the Light: Shelter to Soldier Charity Gala, presented by Cox Communications and hosted by Shelter to Soldier in partnership with Ranch & Coast Magazine and Redfearn & Associates, will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine in San Diego, CA. Event sponsors include Davenport Executive Search, the Wood Family, Second Chance Beer Company, HR Prime, Companion Pet Care, and Avion Law.

Event festivities include live entertainment by musician K. Emeline, painting demonstrations by artist Amy Burkman, silent and live auctions with auctioneer Clint Bell, and memorable moments with service dogs and their veteran handlers.

Significant additions to the auction lineup are a seven-night stay in a Presidential Suite in Aspen, CO during the Winter 2019 XGames, two round-trip tickets from Alaska Airlines, a seven-night stay at Vidanta beach resorts at any of their six Mexico locations, a private boat charter around San Diego Bay, a Las Vegas getaway sponsored in part by JetSuiteX with two round-trip tickets on a semi-private jet charter, and a Rob Thomas autographed guitar.

Single tickets are $125 per person, VIP tickets are $200 each, and tables of 10 begin at $1,125. All tickets include valet parking, hosted beer or wine, tray-passed hors d’oeuvres and plated dinner with dessert, along with swag bag at registration for VIP tickets and tables.

Net proceeds will benefit Shelter to Soldier, a San Diego-based non-profit organization that adopts dogs from local shelters and rescue organizations and trains them to become psychiatric service dogs for post-9/11 combat veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and other injuries associated with traumatic service experiences. The gala will help fulfill their mission of Saving Lives, Two At A Time.

According to Shelter to Soldier Co-Founder and Operations Director Kyrié Bloem, “Shelter to Soldier is honored to be in our 6th year of service to U.S. veterans who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedom and to shelter dogs eager to live a life of purpose. We’re fortunate to have a vast community of supporters behind our mission that help to advance our cause, and we look forward to serving more veterans and dogs in need with the support of everyone who attends the gala celebration.”

Shelter to Soldier is a CA 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that adopts dogs from local shelters and trains them to become psychiatric service dogs for post-9/11 combat veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or other psychological injuries associated with combat service experiences. Shelter to Soldier President, Graham Bloem, is the recipient of the ABC 10News Leadership Award, The Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Real Heroes Award, the Honeywell Life Safety Award and the 2016 Waggy Award in the Animal Welfare category. Additionally, Shelter to Soldier is a gold participant of GuideStar and accredited by the Patriot’s Initiative. www.sheltertosoldier.org. To learn more about veteran-support services provided by STS, call (855) 287-8659 for a confidential interview regarding eligibility.

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