California Dreamin’

x_resourcegala2Three hundred supporters of the Community Resource Center (CRC) and the Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) were treated to a slice of the California lifestyle at the CRC’s annual California Dreamin’ gala. With the Del Mar Fairgrounds Paddock patio area decked out in surfboards, beach umbrellas, and seashells, the evening stayed true to it’s coastal theme. Throughout the night guests enjoyed beach-themed photo stations, photo-ops with classic Woodie Wagons, and live entertainment from The Ryan Hiller Band. Authentic fish tacos, tropical fruits, dessert, and cocktails were provided as well.

Amongst the fun and festivities, the gala also served as a platform to highlight the important work of the RCHS. “We honored the Rancho Coastal Humane Society with the 2015 Community Partnership Award for their support of our residents at Carol’s House. RCHS allows women fleeing abusive situations to bring their pets with them and care for them while the women and children are staying at our domestic violence shelter,” shared CRC Development Manager Kaye Kelley.

To raise proceeds for their program, a live auction was incorporated into California Dreamin’ for the first time, allowing some lucky guests to bid on a Jimmy Buffet signed guitar and concert tickets, as well as a lunch with Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar. All proceeds raised from the event will be used to support the emergency services CRC has provided for the past 36 years. The Encinitas-based nonprofit is known for providing emergency food, shelter, supplies, and crisis intervention to those in need. For more information visit