About our Chosen Charity: The Country Friends
On Wednesday, March 30, we’re hosting our 3rd annual community celebration and charity fundraiser to benefit The Country Friends, a local nonprofit that helps people in need in our community, with a special focus on women, children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
What started three years ago as the Grand Opening celebration of our 4S Ranch location has turned into a much-anticipated fun and lively night for the neighborhood. “We are truly blessed to be a part of such a vibrant and caring community. This event is a chance not only for us to celebrate our two-year anniversary in 4S Ranch, but also to give back to the community that we call home,” says Dr. Yoo.
Dubbed the #SKY2Year event, 100% of the opportunity drawing proceeds and 20% of all sales will be donated to The Country Friends. “Our last fundraiser raised nearly $5,000 for our charity of choice,” explains Amber. “With the great opportunity drawing prizes we have lined up, I’m hopeful that this year we’ll raise even more for The Country Friends.”
Supporting People in Need Since 1954
The Country Friends was founded in 1954 by a group of charitable women on a mission to support human care agencies in San Diego County, with a special focus on women, children, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Women who joined the group paid an annual membership fee, held regular membership meetings, and coordinated several fundraising efforts throughout the year. Two of those fundraising efforts, launched by The Country Friends in its first year, are still going strong today: the Consignment Shop and The Art of Fashion.
The Consignment Shop
In its first year, The Country Friends was gifted a small shop in Rancho Santa Fe, which they renamed the the Trader’s Shop and is now simply the Consignment Shop. Staffed completely by volunteers, the shop continues to be the primary source of funding for The Country Friends, re-selling antiques, art, crystal and furniture. Today, the consignment shop has expanded its footprint on the corner of El Tordo and Avenida de Acacias.
The Art of Fashion
Also started in 1954 was what has become the largest outdoor fashion show in the country, The Art of Fashion. Held annually at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, what started as a poolside amateur fashion show with tea and homemade sandwiches has evolved into a well-respected professional fashion show sponsored by South Coast Plaza. We are proud to be a 2016 Art of Fashion sponsor!
The story behind The Country Friends is a powerful example of the big impact a small group of dedicated volunteers can make. What once started as less than 200 members has swelled to more than 2,000 today. Over the past 60 years, The Country Friends is responsible for providing nearly 14 million dollars to human care agencies throughout San Diego County!
Most recently, the non-profit launched a three-year Legacy Campaign that will allow The Country Friends to pay off the construction loan used to build the consignment shop, which will free up much needed funding to help feed the homeless, provide shelter and services for battered and abused women and children, and provide therapeutic services for mentally challenged adults and children. The goal of the Legacy Campaign is to raise $1,000,000 dollars. We are so excited to be able to help them give back and contribute to that number!
Join us in supporting The Country Friends at our #SKY2Year community celebration and charity fundraiser!
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
6:30PM – 8:30PM
At our 4S Ranch office
Back by popular demand, we’ll be pouring Crafted Cocktails and Culinary Concepts will be dishing out delectable bites for your enjoyment! Wild mushroom crostinis, California sushi rolls and Thai-pesto-glazed shrimp are on the menu!
How to Give Back at #SKY2Year
- Get on the guest! The first 100 RSVPs receive a FREE BEAUTY SWAG BAG!
- Bring cash to purchase tickets (1 ticket for $10, 8 for $50, 20 for $100) for the opportunity drawings! 100% of the ticket sales will go directly to The Country Friends! We’ve lined up more than $6,000 in prizes so far, including laser treatments, injectables, a Revision Skincare package, one-month unlimited membership at Yoga Six, lash extensions from Amazing Lash Studio, an executive haircut from 18|8 Fine Men's Salon, a blowout session from Blow Bunny and much more!
- Book your next beauty boost! At the event, schedule a future consultation. 20% of all sales that result from #SKY2Year will be donated to The Country Friends! This includes skincare products and all our services!