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Lisa Schejola Akin's Fundraiser:

Tri for Casa Valentina

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BENEFITING: Casa Valentina, Inc.

EVENT DATE: Nov 14, 2010

Lisa Schejola Akin

THE STORY:

Through V-Day when I first moved to Miami in 2004 I met an extraordinary group of women who were interested in filling a gap in the community. Serving young women exiting out of Foster Care at 18. I immediately immersed my self in this project and was one of the founders of the organization. Casa Valentina does amazing work and is very dear to my heart. Please help me support these young women. Here is an overview:


Casa Valentina is a non-profit organization that addresses the unique, gender-specific needs of young women transitioning from foster care to independent living.

The organization was established in 2004 by a group of concerned women who acknowledged the immense challenges faced by young women who leave – or “age out” of – foster care at age 18 without the life experience, financial stability and support they need to survive on their own. Facing numerous transitional challenges, this population of at-risk girls is vulnerable to violence, prostitution, substance abuse, incarceration, pregnancy, domestic violence and homelessness.

Successful fundraising, awareness-raising initiatives and special events, including the November 2005 sold-out benefit performance of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, enabled Casa Valentina to introduce thousands of people to the crisis facing young women emerging from foster care and to raise the funds necessary to establish a first-of-its-kind residential program to assist them during the difficult transition to independent living. Since opening in 2006, Casa Valentina has assisted 35 young women on their journey to independent living.
Casa Valentina’s mission is to help young women transition successfully from foster care to independent living.
To achieve our mission:
We provide young women in Miami-Dade County who age out of foster care with up to two years of safe and affordable housing, life skills and self-advocacy training and the support services they need to become successful, independent adults.
We engage in advocacy within the child welfare system to ensure our residents, and all transitioning foster youth, have access to the resources and services they need to achieve autonomy.
We conduct community outreach and offer education and training on critical foster care issues to create greater awareness and support for youth emerging from foster care.
Casa Valentina’s vision is a community in which all foster children receive the care and support they need to reach their full potential.

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To This Fundraiser

$1,561

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Jennie Holman

    $100

  • Maria Elena Lamas

    $50

  • sharon langer

    $50

  • Marcia and Terry Reisman

    $100

  • Sharon Socol

    $100

  • Diane Falk

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Shana Peretz

    $36

  • Larry & Laura Burkhalter

    $100

  • Larin Sullivan

    $50

  • Linda Schejola

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Patricia Clague

    $100

  • Chelsea Wilkerson

    $40

  • Paula and Mickey Finkle

    $50

  • Marian

    $150

  • Nancy and Scott Davis

    $100

  • We Love You!!!

    $50

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Donor Comments

We Love You!!!

We Love You!!!

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Nancy and Scott Davis

Nancy and Scott Davis

DONATION: $100

Go Lisa Go! 6 years ago

Marian

Marian

DONATION: $150

Keep up the good work!!! 6 years ago

Paula and Mickey Finkle

Paula and Mickey Finkle

DONATION: $50

6 years ago

Chelsea Wilkerson

Chelsea Wilkerson

DONATION: $40

Congratulations Lisa! You were my inspriration as I ran on the treadmill at the gym today. If you can do a triathalon, I can do 50 minutes at the gym. Happy Birthday! 6 years ago

Patricia Clague

Patricia Clague

DONATION: $100

Forza Sarah! In bocca al lupo! 6 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

6 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

6 years ago

Linda Schejola

Linda Schejola

DONATION: $200

6 years ago

Larin Sullivan

Larin Sullivan

DONATION: $50

for SR 6 years ago