Details from our Night in Oz!

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With nearly 500 people in attendance, Samaritan House’s sold-out Main Event fundraiser was a night to remember. The Crown Plaza’s jam packed ballroom was turned into a bedazzled Emerald City where Samaritan House supporters got a chance to celebrate the remarkable achievements of their robust Housing Assistance Program and Safe Harbor Shelter.

The evening began as guests made their way down the Yellow Brick Road for cocktail hour featuring sparkling silent auction displays, raffles, and much more. The premium ticket holders were invited to “Glinda’s Bubble Lounge,” where they took pictures with four characters from the Wizard of Oz – Dorothy Gale, The Wizard, The Wicked Witch and Glinda the Good Witch.

Emmy award winning journalist, Heather Holmes, KTVU, emceed the action-packed Night in Oz. Festivities included an elegant dinner, an award ceremony, a live auction including a fund-a-need paddle raise for the Housing Assistance Program and plenty of great music.

Samaritan House CEO, Bart Charlow, thanked everyone who contributed to making the event possible. The impact of the Housing Assistance Program shined with the help of a client who shared his personal story of triumph. He was presented with the Courage Award; it was a moving experience for everyone in the room as his personal crisis could have happened to anyone. The Knowledge Award was given to California State Senator, Jerry Hill and the inaugural Heart of Samaritan House Award was given to the former Executive Director of Samaritan House, John Kelly.

The live auction was led by auctioneer Zan Aufderheide of KLM Auctions, and offered everything from a Maui vacation in paradise to a Backyard Western Barbeque. Guests finished off the evening in style, dancing to the swanky sounds of the Bay Area’s own Pure Ecstasy.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Samaritan House’s Housing Assistance Program. Samaritan House’s Housing Assistance Program consists of Safe Harbor Shelter, which provides 32,695 Nights of safe, warm sleep each year to 425 people. The Program also provides more than $887,000 in direct financial assistance to keep people in their homes and off the streets. The money is used for everything from helping a family to pay their water bill for a month to helping them pay their rent or mortgage.

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