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Walk Honoring Parents and Kids Draws Local Superheroes

Fundraiser for Foster and Adoptive Parents and Children

Walk Honoring Parents and Kids Draws Local Superheroes

Supporters of David & Margaret Youth and Family Services dressed up in superhero-themed outfits — as well as mild-mannered street wear — for the first Annual Superheroes Walk honoring the agency’s foster parents and children. The event was part of the California agency’s annual respite day, when staff gave foster parents a day off for some well-earned “me time” by caring for their young charges.

The theme music from Wonder Woman and Superman as well as other inspirational tunes helped energize the participants as they did laps on D&M’s quarter-mile driveway during the one-hour event. Supporters included representatives of  philanthropic organizations such as Big Sunday (which sponsored the souvenir T-shirts, breakfast bars and water), college students, D&M volunteers and community members. Awards for the best costumes, exhibits by local vendors, and a raffle drawing rounded out the event. Funds raised during the May 17 walk will benefit recreational activities for the foster family agency’s clients.

David & Margaret Youth and Family Services serves more than 1,000 clients annually through a comprehensive range of services, including a residentially-based program for adolescent girls, shelter care for adolescent girls and boys, a foster family agency, adoption assistance, mental health services, treatment for learning disabilities, a transitional living program, school- and community-based education as well as mentoring programs. Additionally, the organization has a chemical program that is certified by the State of California for residents who are recovering from substance abuse. The Joan Macy School, a specialized nonpublic on-grounds school, opened in 1989 and serves agency residents as well as students referred from surrounding school districts.

Posted or updated: 9/19/2014 11:00:00 PM

 


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