San Diego nonprofit Fresh Start Surgical Gifts raised over $280,000 at its 28th Annual Gala ‘Bootleggers Ball’ — surpassing its original fundraising goal of $200,000.
Held at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, the gala featured
Dr. Greg Ostrow, director of pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus at Scripps Clinic Carmel Valley, and his wife, Dr. Stacy Ostrow, as honorary chairs. Dr. Ostrow has been a Fresh Start volunteer surgeon for 12 years.
Of the donations given by the 240 attendees, 100% of contributions will go directly toward the organization’s medical program. The Fresh Start Medical Program provides the gift of reconstructive surgery and other healthcare services to children with physical deformities caused by congenital disabilities, accidents, abuse, or disease.
“The Bootleggers Ball celebrated the children and families we’ve served and the many that are to come,” said Fresh Start CEO Shari Brasher. “With the support of our sponsors and all-volunteer team of surgeons and supporters, Fresh Start is able to provide families with the medical care they deserve.”
Former Fresh Start patient, Callie Hill, who was born with hemangioma, served as the event’s featured speaker. Callie is now a 27-year-old oncology nurse, a career path she was inspired to pursue after receiving help from Fresh Start.
“Not only was my life changed physically, but I gained confidence due to the team, doctors, and volunteers at Fresh Start,” said Hill.
Guests enjoyed a jazzy evening, including a cocktail reception, a live/silent auction, dinner, live music by The Heroes and casino table games.
For more information, visit FreshStart.org.