April 7, 2011
When: April 7, 2011
Where: San Diego, California
Ron Roberts was once homeless. It isn’t a topic that the distinguished member of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors brings up in casual conversations, but it isn’t something he hides from either. Its part of what’s made him the person he is today – and with his continued support of HomeAid San Diego why he is the unanimous choice to be awarded their inaugural ‘Humanitarian Award’ at the “Raise the Roof” Celebration, Thursday, April 7, to be held at Senior Community Centers’ Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center downtown.
“Neither the event honoree nor the venue is accidental,” states Mark Read, a former HomeAid San Diego president and the current fundraising chair. “The Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center is one of the ways we are helping to reduce homelessness. Supervisor Roberts’ genuine humanitarian spirit is something he’s acted on. The message is loud and clear: together we make a difference.”
Since it’s founding in 2002, HomeAid San Diego has contributed over $3,000,000 of in- kind building services to complete nine projects, worth an estimated $15,000,000. Hundreds of friends, families and neighbors are served in these facilities both today and far into the future. That’s why the ‘Raise the Roof’ motto is, “We’re celebrating tonight so that others are sheltered tomorrow.”
Supervisor Roberts helps HomeAid San Diego define transitional homelessness in personal, down-to-earth terms. “When my family first arrived here – I was just a kid – we were homeless and appreciated a helping hand,” Roberts calmly recalls. As a supervisor, Roberts now makes decisions on how millions of tax dollars are spent on health and human services that alleviate suffering and improve the quality-of-life for all San Diego citizens. “HomeAid San Diego makes such a positive impact on our community and helps local government stretch our pennies. It’s an honor to support HomeAid San Diego’s shelter projects over the years to help fight homelessness. Everyone deserves a safe place to call home.”
The “Raise the Roof” Celebration expects to earn the group about $25,000 from ticket sales, silent auction donations and sponsorships. The $50 donation available online (www.homeaidsd.org) lets homelessness advocates enjoy a private, sophisticated cocktail hour with exquisite foods, wines and beers from West Steak & Seafood Restaurant, Bistro West, Sbicca, The Barrel Room, Yanni’s Bistro, Water’s Fine Catering, Fallbrook Winery and Stone Brewing. Following a fine wine and gifts silent auction, the event highlight will be Supervisor Roberts accepting the first-ever HomeAid San Diego ‘Humanitarian Award’ recognizing his support and exceptional humanitarian leadership to reduce human suffering.
“Ron Roberts is really a hero when it comes to helping the homeless,” states Barbara Hunter, HomeAid San Diego board president. “That alone is worthy of very high praise. But the ‘Humanitarian Award’ is about more than fighting homelessness. It also recognizes distinguished service toward alleviating human suffering. Over the years in partnership with HomeAid San Diego, Ron Roberts has come to exemplify that ideal for all of us.”
HomeAid San Diego is expecting over 200 of their friends and supporters at their “Raise the Roof” Celebration, Thursday, April 7 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, at 1525 4th Avenue, San Diego. Tickets are $50 and $75 at-the-door.