Winter Wonderland Benefit – December 2016

The Humanity of Justice Foundation hosted its second annual Winter Wonderland Benefit at Ponte Winery in the Vineyard Pavilion on Friday, December 2, 2016. One hundred and twenty five guests enjoyed the beautiful, winter ambiance along with an open bar, three course seated dinner, silent and live auction.

The HOJF Board presented a comprehensive 2016 year-end summary of their activities and contributions in the community. They also presented a donation to Project Independence at Rancho Damacitas group home to help transitioning youth from foster care. The HOJF Annual Pajama Drive was again combined with the event and guests donated 70 pairs of pajamas at the entrance of the event that will go to ChildHelp in Beaumont.

It was an amazing evening and we thank all of our supporters for making it a tremendous success!

Annual Ladies Tea – May 2016

May 7, 2016, was a gorgeous afternoon for our Annual Ladies Tea event! The Humanity of Justice Foundation hosted the lovely 50-person Tea at a gorgeous private residence in Temecula. The event, which included a formal afternoon tea, live music, and raffle, raised $5000 for Kids Court and Counseling Center! Thank You to this year’s Tea Committee volunteers for all your hard work and a special Thank You Melissa Lippert for opening her beautiful home for this event!

Winter Wonderland Benefit – December 2015

The Humanity of Justice Foundation hosted its first annual Winter Wonderland Benefit at Ponte Winery in the Barrel Room on Friday, December 4, 2015.  One hundred guests enjoyed an open bar, three course seated dinner, silent auction, and lovely winter ambiance.  The HOJF Annual Pajama Drive was combined with the event and guests donated pajamas at the entrance of the event.

The HOJF Board presented a 2015 year-end summary of their activities and contributions in the community.  They also announced a plan to expand the “Humanity Bears” program as well as an effort to assist ChildHelp in Beaumont, the recipient of this year’s annual Pajama Drive donations.

It was an amazing evening and we thank all of our supporters for making it such a success!  A very special Thank You to Bob and Phyllis Schwartz whose donation covered all of the decorating expenses…it was truly a Winter Wonderland!

Ladies High Tea – May 2015

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, May 2, 2015, The Humanity of Justice Foundation hosted a lovely 50-person High Tea at a private residence in Temecula. The event, which included a formal afternoon tea, music, silent auction, and a live painting demonstration, raised over $3000 for the foundation. Thank you to Lisa Owen-Lynch, Travis W. Jennings, Kacey Sutton, Shawna Sarnowski, and Phyllis Schwartz for contributing your talents to make this event such a success!

Second Annual Polo Luncheon and Gala – September 2014

The Humanity of Justice Foundation hosted its second annual Polo Luncheon and Gala at the Temecula Valley Polo Club on Saturday, September 14, 2014.  About 200 guests attended the fundraiser which included a buffet lunch catered by Francesca’s Italian restaurant, a polo match between the HOJF polo team and team Doffo Winery, divot stomp with champagne, wine and cocktails, a petting zoo and pony rides for the children, and a silent and live auction.

The keynote address was delivered by Marala Scott, a motivational speaker and author, who was named by Oprah Winfrey as an “ambassador of hope” because of her survival of child abuse.

HOJF announced a contribution to “Paws for Healing,’’ a program which utilizes specially trained canines to provide comfort during the court process to abused children who have to testify in court.

HOJF also announced a new program, “Humanity Bears”, which is an effort to place teddy bears in patrol cars so that when a law enforcement officer removes a child from an abusive household and places him or her in the custody of child welfare workers, the child will have a comforting object to make the experience less traumatic.

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone and Sheriff Stan Sniff were also recognized for their contributions to children’s causes.  Thank you to all the sponsors of the event including the Hemet and Murrieta Police departments, the Riverside Sheriffs’ Association, and the Riverside County Deputy District Attorneys’ Association.

Fathers’ Day Weekend Polo Luncheon and Gala – June 2013

Over 250 attendees enjoyed a fantastic HOJF event on June 15, 2013 at the Temecula Valley Polo Club.  The first annual HOJF Polo Luncheon included a buffet lunch catered by Francesca’s Italian restaurant, an exciting polo match with divot stomp and live announcer, a silent auction with over 30 items, live music and entertainment, and even a petting zoo and jumper for the kids. HOJF awarded both Rady Children’s Hospital Forensic Child Abuse Unit and RCRMC Child Abuse Team CAN Unit with $5000 donations.  Over 50 local businesses contributed to make the event a major success.

Mothers’ Day Weekend Tea – May 2013

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, May 11, 2013, The Humanity of Justice Foundation and The Magnolia School of Etiquette and Protocol teamed up to host a Mothers’ Day Tea at the Temecula Valley Polo Club.  The 50 attendees included mostly mother-daughter couples as well as several wonderful ladies from New Beginnings Group Home in Perris (a previous recipient of an HOJF donation).  The event, which included a formal afternoon tea, polo match, and etiquette instruction by Jonnie Fox, raised approximately $1200 for the foundation.  Contributors included Old Town Spice and Tea Merchants, Oak Mountain Winery, and Monteleone Meadows.

The Humanity of Justice Book Launch – March 2013

On Thursday evening, March 7, 2013, Mike and Henni Monteleone hosted over 100 invited guests at Monteleone Meadows in Murrieta for the launch and book signing of Riverside Deputy District Attorney Burke Strunsky’s new release,The Humanity of Justice: Lighting Even The Darkest Path of Justice. The event was a celebration of the two-year project by the author and an opportunity to present his foundation The Humanity of Justice Foundation, which he co-founded with his wife Geraldine Strunsky.

 

Holiday Benefit – December 2012

More than 200 attendees joined HOJF  co-founders Burke and Geraldine Strunsky at their home in Temecula Valley on December 7, 20102 in celebration of the inaugural holiday benefit dinner and silent auction for abused and neglected children.  Guests included Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries, and District Attorney Paul Zellerbach. Geraldine Strunsky introduced the nonprofit’s board members Janene Hogan, Jennifer Garcia, and Jennifer Gabrielli. The event raised $15k for the following children/family advocate based organizations: S.A.F.E.RCRMC FOUNDATIONRANCHO DAMACITASOAK GROVE,TEMECULA VALLEY PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE and NEW BEGINNINGS GROUP HOME in Perris, California.

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