Gabilan Chapter Celebrates 56 Years of Service
Kinship Center’s Gabilan Chapter is a volunteer auxiliary group based in San Benito County on California’s Central Coast. The chapter provides local support for Kinship Center’s adoption, foster care and mental health services in Monterey and San Benito Counties. Some Gabilan members have dedicated their time since the chapter’s beginnings in 1956.
Supporting Children and Families
Through the years, the chapter has raised significant amounts of money by hosting luncheons, fashion shows and house tours; its signature fundraiser is the annual September wine tasting, first held in 1957 to showcase local wineries and restaurants. The sellout event, the oldest of its kind on the Central Coast, has grown to include participation by large numbers of wineries and restaurants and guest attendance of up to 1200.
Kinship Center believes that every child deserves a family, and is dedicated to finding permanent homes for abused, neglected or abandoned children. This cannot be done without the help of a caring community. Each year, funds raised by the Gabilan Chapter support vital services to children in transition and new families struggling to meet the needs of children in their care.
Chapter Fundraisers: The Chapter’s signature Food & Wine Tasting is held each September at the historic Paicines Ranch in Tres Pinos. This year's event is Sat., September 7, 2013. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased online here. Throughout the year the Chapter also sells cookbooks, specially designed afghans, commemorative cutting boards and other items. To purchase, contact Nan Englehardt at 831-637-2363.
Information and Membership
For information on the chapter or its events, or to find out how to become a member, please call Chapter President Vicki Fortino at 831-637-0829 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Gabilan Chapter has various membership categories and welcomes inquiries. A special Associate Member category allows interested individuals to join throughout the year upon payment of modest dues and to assist with chapter projects.
The Gabilan Chapter has a long and distinguished history of service to adoption and child welfare. From 1956 to 1989, the chapter (then known as El Torillo Chapter) provided services and support to Children’s Home Society. Since 1989, Gabilan members have supported Kinship Center’s statewide programs in adoption, foster care, relative care and mental health.
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