San Diego CA— The Just in Time for Foster Youth (JIT) community gathered for its annual Walk the Talk fundraising celebration on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine. The theme was “Community of Heroes” and the event raised $800,000 to support the critical resources and relationships needed for successful transition from foster care after age 18.
At the event, about 90 JIT participants were the evening’s focus, sharing their powerful stories of resilience with more than 500 guests, providing the night’s original entertainment and engaging prominent members of the community with a first-hand experience of JIT’s mission. The inspirational evening also featured gourmet cuisine, a unique live auction and recognition of JIT’s co-founder Jeanette Day and four other “Walk the Talk” volunteers and friends, Joanne Marks, Kevan Lyon, Kathy Roberts, and Susanne Livingston.
Proceeds from the celebration will benefit the more than 750 young people served annually by Just in Time for Foster Youth, a nonprofit organization that engages a caring community to help transition age foster youth, ages 18-26, achieve self-sufficiency and well-being. JIT staff, over half of whom are former foster youth themselves, connect participants to resources, opportunities and relationships that help them become confident, capable and connected.