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  Touching All The Senses

June 2013  
Hello from the President,

Wow, look how far we have come!  A few of us got together in 2011 to bring Special Haven to life.  By June of 2012, we had a Grand Opening, we got our 501c3 status, and we were already serving our community.  It is now June of 2013, and we will be signing an award letter from the Christopher Douglas Hidden Angel Foundation for a grant of $15,000 so we can fully build out our multi-sensory room.  Through all the wonderful support from all of you, we have raised enough money to move forward with this project.  We plan on having our room completed in the next few months and we will be fully operational.  We are so excited! 

In order to maintain our room and to keep it free for all families, we encourage all of you to continue to support our events.  On Sunday, June 23 at 10am, Special Haven will be hosting a Sensory Walk-A-Thon for families with special needs children.  Our hope is that this event encourages the special needs community to come out and socialize with other families in a fun and safe environment.  It will be held at Crockett Park in Oakley, where the All Abilities Playground, "World of Discovery" is housed.  Children are asked to get sponsors for the walk and to donate that to Special Haven. This is a great way for the kids be involved in the build out of the room that they will use. For more information on being a part of the walk as either a walker or a volunteer, please check out our website, 

On Saturday, September 7th, Special Haven will be hosting its 2nd Annual Golf Tournament at Shadow Lakes Golf Club in Brentwood.  This is our signature event.  If you would like to join us for golf, or dinner only, or if you would like to be a sponsor, please contact our event coordinator, David Chuey at 

And again, thank you all for supporting Special Haven.  We would not have come this far if it wasn't for all of you!

Vicky Dunn

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Moving Forward
by: David Chuey

We would like to thank everyone who has made generous donations and supported Special Haven over the last 2 years. All your support has allowed us to reach a major milestone. We just received our Award Letter from the Christopher Douglas Hidden Angel Foundation and we are moving forward with the full build out of our multi-sensory room.


We originally opened the room in June of 2012 with a few pieces of equipment to help our special needs community, but the vision was Learn more.

Golf Tournament 2013
by: David Chuey

On Saturday, September 7, 2013, Special Haven will be hosting its 2nd Annual Golf Tournament. This is our signature event. A big thank you goes out to our Title Sponsor "Community Bank of the Bay". This is a wonderful event for golfers of all skill levels since we play a scramble, best ball format so everyone on the team can contribute. If you are not a golfer, you can still join us for dinner. Tickets for golf, which includes dinner, are $100 per person, and dinner only tickets are $35 per person.


The event will be held at Shadow Lakes Learn more.

Ashley's Big Heart
by: Ana Chuey

We come across many generous people that help our organization and continue to support our cause. One distinguished young lady, Ashley Castaldi, has been part of Special Haven's fund raising events since the organization was established. Ashley started her business, Ashers Absolution, by creating beaded jewelry and an assortment of novelty items. She dedicates her time to making custom bracelets, rings, pins, earrings, key chains, magnets, ornaments, and more. Her most popular Learn more.

Upcoming Events
Special Haven will be hosting several different events in the next few months.  Some will be fundraisers and others will be family events.  Be on the lookout for flyers for our upcoming events.
  • Announcing Special Haven's Sensory Walk-a-Thon, Sunday, June 23, 2013, 10:00am to 12:00pm at Crockett Park, Oakley. Join us for an afternoon of fun, walking, playing in the new all abilities park and much more.  Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the afternoon's activities.  More information and pledge forms are available on the website.  Please click here
  • Special Haven's 2nd Annual Golf Tournament, September 7, 2013 at Shadow Lakes Golf Course in Brentwood, CA.  This is our signature event.  We hope you will join us this year.  If you would like to be a sponsor for this event, please contact David Chuey for sponsorship package information. 

Thank You

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Beerfest 2013 - attendees
Community Bank of The Bay
Intuitive Healing Center

Special Haven Football Pool 

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Art From The Heart
FLG / Feldman Law Group
Jim & Janet Frazier
Marie Wood
Seel & Wright, LLC
Vela Insurance Services 

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April DeMasi & Doug Miller
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Carol Hoffman
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Garry Ridolfi
Hector Galarza
Jay Bulhous 
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Jill Heckendorn
Jill Peterson
Mark Karbo    
Mark Miller 
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