SOURCE: Sullivan Children's Foundation

October 31, 2007 19:01 ET

The Sullivan Children's Foundation Announces Emergency Fire Victims Benefit for the North County of San Diego

Benefit for Foster Children Who Lost Homes During Firestorm 2007 on November 10th

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - October 31, 2007) - The Sullivan Children's Foundation announced today that it has transformed its annual fundraiser on Saturday, November 10, 2007, to help fire victims in the north county of San Diego, specifically the San Pasqual Academy in Escondido. Proceeds from its "For the Love of Children" reception, silent auction and dinner (starting at 6 PM) at the Laurel Restaurant in San Diego will benefit the San Pasqual Academy.

At least 31 of San Pasqual's on-campus homes were destroyed during the devastating fires that ripped through San Diego County beginning on October 21st. The fires caused billions of dollars in damage, and the San Pasqual Academy was right in their path.

While the exact dollar amount of damage to the academy is still being tallied, the human total is immediate. San Pasqual Academy is a first-in-the-nation residential education campus designed specifically for foster teens. Because of the fires, the education for these teens has been seriously disrupted.

"The fire wiped out homes that are a key part of our campus," says Tia Moore, Campus Director of San Pasqual Academy. "We now have to re-build with both a long-term goal and a short-term goal. For the long term, we will re-build what was burned; for the short term, we need to take care of the kids currently displaced by the fires."

The Academy is located in Escondido and provides foster teens with a stable, caring home, a quality, individualized education, and the skills needed for independent living. The Academy opened in October 2001 and currently has a bed capacity for 135 youth. The 238-acre campus features individual family-style homes, an on-site, accredited high school, a computer for each youth in the homes, a cafeteria, an organic agriculture program that hires and feeds the students, a technology and career information center, an assembly hall, recreation fields, and a swimming pool. Teens live, learn and work at the Academy as they prepare for college and/or a career path.

The Sullivan Children's Foundation mission is to enhance the quality of life for children throughout San Diego County. For more information, please call Kevin Hayford at 619-260-1432 or go to www.onesullivan.com.

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