Save the date for Friendship Shelter’s 2014 gala!

Friendship Shelter’s annual gala will be held on Friday, Nov 14 at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Themed HOME, the evening will feature fine dining, live and silent auctions, and lively entertainment.

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The Gala Cabinet!

Keiko Sakamoto (Left), Jane Manolakas, Jeri McKenna and Teddie Ray

This year’s event is chaired by Jane Manolakas, Jeri McKenna, Teddie Ray, and Keiko Sakamoto, and will honor Jane and Joe Hanauer and Temple Bat Yahm for their outstanding generosity and community leadership. 

Additionally, a former Friendship Shelter client will be honored the evening of the event and will share his remarkable journey.

“Not only do we have a fabulous event cabinet this year, but the theme HOME ties into our mission of breaking the cycle of homelessness in our community in a very meaningful way,” said Dawn Price, Executive Director of Friendship Shelter. “We’re looking forward to another fun-filled evening to raise critical funds that directly impact the men and women who turn to us in despair, and leave with hope and the promise of a new beginning.”

Tickets to the gala are $250 each and sponsorship packages range from $1,500 to $25,000. Additional details can be found at:

All proceeds will benefit Friendship Shelter, which has helped homeless adults achieve self- sufficiency since its inception 26 years ago. Every night, nearly 100 people who would otherwise be on the street sleep safely under the care of Friendship Shelter staff at its flagship shelter on Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, the Alternative Sleeping Location in Laguna Canyon, or at various permanent supportive housing sites throughout South Orange County.

For more info about the Gala, or to purchase tickets, call (949) 494-6928 x. 16.