Volume 3 September 2019
Sanctuary Palm Springs Newsletter
September 2019
From our Executive Director:

It’s been another packed and productive few months at Sanctuary Palm Springs. Our house is still full, all of our residents are working and/or enrolled in classes, and we continue to explore options for expanding.
Before I talk about some of our exciting recent developments, I’d like to share a story that illustrates just how vitally important our services are. One morning in June, a man stepped out of his house on his way to work to find a young man sleeping on his front lawn. The young man had been living with a local foster parent and on the day he turned 18 she very unceremoniously (and illegally) dumped him at Sonic Burger. He didn’t know where to go so he went to a friend’s house and simply went to sleep on the lawn. That’s when I got the call. We knew we would have a room at Sanctuary opening in a week or two, so in the meantime, we were able to connect the young man to two wonderful local residents, Sir Rob Morrison and Will Cook, who generously allowed the young man to sleep in their casita until we could accept him at Sanctuary. He moved in with us two weeks later and he is thriving! He no longer has to worry about where he’ll sleep or how he’ll eat. He is currently enrolled in classes at COD and has set his sights on attending law school. And Sir Rob and Will continue to act as his mentors. THIS is why Sanctuary Palm Springs exists! 

Now for those exciting recent developments… Please check out our new and much-improved website where you will find a ton of great information about Sanctuary Palm Springs. sanctuarypalmsprings.org.

Our website now houses numerous resources for LGBTQ youth, their caregivers, and advocates. You can also meet our staff and board of directors. And in a very exciting addition, LGBTQ transition age foster youth can now apply to be Sanctuary residents directly from our website.

We are really thrilled with our growth and our ability to help LGBTQ transition age youth in foster care find their way safely to adulthood. And we could do none of it without the outpouring of love and ongoing support we continue to receive from our wonderful local Palm Springs community.
Because pictures really are worth a thousand words, we have posted some new videos to the site. With funding from the Kaiser Foundation we were able to hire local promotional filmmaker and producer Dean Minerd who, with his stellar crew, spent three days interviewing staff and residents about the organization. The videos also show the stunningly beautiful home this community put together for our residents! Just what our program means to them comes through loud and clear. (You might want to have some Kleenex handy when you watch.) 
And please check out Ellen Wolf’s brief explanation of all the ways local community members can support us in our work with LGBTQ transition age foster youth.
Because so much financial support for Sanctuary has come from generous donations by countless community members, we want to be completely transparent regarding our financial information. So even though we were not required to do so, we engaged the services of Lund & Guttry to conduct a thorough audit of our finances for 2017 and 2018. They, with support from the accounting firm Maryanov, Madsen, Gordon & Campbell, completed our audit and gave us a clean bill of fiscal health. Our financial statements have now been posted to our website. 
In gratitude,
Rob Woronoff, MS
Executive Director, Sanctuary Palm Spring s
Through our Speakers Bureau, funded with generous support from the Western Wind and Coachella Valley Spotlight/Berger Foundations, we continue to bring in local professionals to speak with our residents about their lives and their work. One recent speaker was Cesar Ureiro who is a former Sanctuary resident. Our residents loved meeting someone who just over a year ago was where they are now and who now lives successfully on his own. 
Upcoming Events
It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the Fourth Annual Holiday Spectacular - Holiday Socks benefitting Sanctuary Palm Springs.

Sunday,  December 8
In the the Bougainvillea Room at  Spencer’s Restaurant
5:00 - 7:30 PM
Tickets go on sale mid-October
Sanctuary’s Holiday Spectacular is a fun-filled cocktail reception featuring a hosted bar, Spencer’s smashing hors d’œuvres, live entertainment, a not-so-silent auction and a rousing live auction.
This year’s sure to dazzle live entertainment features Broadway veteran David Burnham, best known for his outstanding performance in  Wicked  and  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dream Coat .
The outrageously hilarious Alec Mapa, comedian, actor, adoptive parent and star of  Desperate Housewives  and  Ugly Betty  will serve as our celebrity emcee.
Dottie and Maude (aka Les Dames Du Soleil) will once again add their flair to our not-so-silent auction while our live auction promises spectacular getaways and parties!

We are actively seeking sponsors for this year's Holiday Spectacular/Holiday Socks. Please see button below to find out how you can help.

Join the Palm Springs tradition of having fun while helping others
Lunch at Tac/Quila
October 8

Join us for lunch and 50% of the proceeds goes to Sanctuary Palm Springs.

No reservations necessary


Rooster and the Pig
October 31

Rooster and the Pig is donating 100% of proceeds from the evening so come dressed as your favorite Rooster or Pig this Halloween!

No reservations necessary.

356 S. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Casual Concours

Presented by Great Autos of Yesteryear Casual Concours XI is the eleventh annual gathering of significant post-war automobiles, with over 100 museum-quality cars on display.
Saturday,  October 1 9
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 PM
At the Desert Princess Country Club
28555 Landau Blvd, Cathedral City, CA 92234
Tickets $15
The finest midcentury car show in the Coachella Valley, Casual Concours reflects the unique collector car culture of Palm Springs, with dominant displays of rarely seen luxury cars of the 1950s–80s and a focus on styling, color, luxury features, historical significance and showroom condition—in other words, midcentury glamour!

Proceeds from the event benefit Sanctuary Palm Springs 

Big Queen BINGO Palm Springs  IS BACK, With Tommi Rose!

Hotel Zoso has opened their arms to us to help raise funds for LGBTQ+ Youth

Wednesday - November 13
6:00 PM.Seating
Games Start at 7:00 PM
At Hotel Zoso
150 S. Indian Canyon, Palm Springs, CA 92262
$20 Suggested Donation to Play all 8 games
Your $20 donation allows you to play all 8 games, with great prizes.
In addition to fun, games and laughs, partake of our BINGO Bites appetizers as well as the full dinner menu. Not to mention a full service bar for your favorite libations and special BINGO cocktails.

Seating begins at 6:00 PM, games start at 7PM. Don't worry, we know it's a school night, so you'll be out by 9PM!

Flagging in the Desert's Official Palm Springs Pride Event

This benefit for Sanctuary Palm Springs features Celebrity DJ Michael Duretto bringing his incredible energy and epic music to Palm Springs Pride. 

Saturday,  November 2 9
Noon - 4:00 PM
Free entry donations accepted.
Flaggers from around the nation will converge on Sunrise Park to spread joy this Pride. 
100% of the money raised goes to Sanctuary Palm Springs. 

For more information check out
March With Us At Pride
Join the Sanctuary Team marching in Palm Springs Pride.

November 3rd 2019. email cdrabkin@sanctuarypalmsprings.org for details.
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