CALM at Heart

Posted on Dec 25 by SEASONS Magazine

Calm at Heart Committee (L-R) Patti Clark, Ashlyn McCague, Bobbi Didier, Stephanie Sokolove (Event Chair), Sarah Wilcox, Adele Laufer, Susan Henry, and Sherri Ball. Courtesy photo.

Calm at Heart Committee (L-R) Patti Clark, Ashlyn McCague, Bobbi Didier, Stephanie Sokolove (Event Chair), Sarah Wilcox, Adele Laufer, Susan Henry, and Sherri Ball. Courtesy photo.

Nearly 250 attendees celebrated the healing work of CALM at the  6th Annual CALM at Heart Event

“I’m here for you. I love you. You’re so brave and this is hard.” Tyler Speier, brought a room of 250 CALM supporters to tears with the story of his young foster daughter. Tyler and his wife Taylor welcomed an 18 month old baby girl into their family and quickly discovered they needed additional support and resources. They found CALM.

CALM hosted its 6th annual CALM at Heart event at the Coral Casino Beach & Cabana Club to raise awareness and funds for child abuse prevention and treatment programs. Guests filled the ballroom to enjoy the delicious lunch and an engaging program. CALM CEO Alana Walczak got the crowd to their feet with an impassioned plea for compassion and leadership in support of our community’s most vulnerable. The program ended with Dr. Laura Ciel and Pill Poett providing some social intelligence life tips.

Alana Walczak (CALM CEO), Tina McEnroe, County Supervisor Das Williams, Adele Rosen, and Geoff Green at the Calm at Heart Event. Courtesy photo.

Alana Walczak (CALM CEO), Tina McEnroe, County Supervisor Das Williams, Adele Rosen, and Geoff Green at the Calm at Heart Event. Courtesy photo.

With record breaking attendance, CALM also shattered previous fundraising records with over $130,000 raised at the event. The hardworking event committee was chaired by Stephanie Sokolove and supported by Sherri Ball, Pati Clark, Bobbi Didier, Lori Lander Goodman, Jeannette Hahn, Susan Henry, Debora Kahny, Adele Laufer, Ashlyn McCague, Sydney Casler, Fiona Stone and Sara Wilcox. Funds raised at the event will support CALM’s efforts to prevent childhood trauma, heal children and families, and build resilient communities throughout Santa Barbara County.

Every day, CALM’s work echoes Tyler’s words. “We’re here for you. We love you. You’re so brave and this is hard.”

Kath Lavidge, Ed McKinley, Regina Roney, Bridget Foreman (CALM Board President), and Rick Roney at the Calm at Heart Event. Courtesy photo.

Kath Lavidge, Ed McKinley, Regina Roney, Bridget Foreman (CALM Board President), and Rick Roney at the Calm at Heart Event. Courtesy photo.

CALM was founded in 1970 to reach stressed parents before they hurt their children. CALM continues to be the only non-profit agency in Santa Barbara County focusing solely on preventing, assessing and treating child abuse and family violence. CALM offers children, families and adults a safe, non-judgmental, caring and strength-based environment to heal and increase family wellbeing.   For more information about all of CALM’s services, please call 805-965-2376, or visit http://calm4kids.org.

 

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