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Victory Gymnastics Hosts Family Fun-Raiser to Benefit Casa Pacifica
August 26, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
In celebration of its 10th year in business, Victory Gymnastics Academy is hosting a free community Family Fun-Raiser, 6-8 p.m. on August 26, at 2330 Teller Road, Newbury Park, as a thank you to the community for its years of support. While entry to the event is free, Victory is asking attendees to bring donations of new school backpacks or school supplies to benefit the children at Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families in Camarillo.
“For a foster youth, starting school with a new backpack full of their own school supplies helps them have a more positive experience,” said Vicki Murphy, Casa Pacifica’s chief advancement officer and director of transitional youth services. “It’s the difference between being excited to go to school versus not wanting to go at all.”
The Victory event will feature two hours of family games and activities for all ages at Victory’s 20,000-square foot facility and demonstrations by its elite competitive teams. Victory also will have a free raffle of gifts throughout the event and will celebrate its 10th birthday with cupcakes and refreshments.
“The idea for a Family Fun-Raiser came about through one of our employees, Coach Dee, who, as a child, benefited from the services provided by Casa Pacifica. Victory Gymnastics is entering its tenth year in business and we were looking for a way to give back to the community that has supported our business,” said Victory Gymnastics’ CEO Howard Laguna. “Our core values at Victory focus on the overall well-being of our youth, making Casa Pacifica a natural choice for our fundraising effort.”
Dedria Brunett, better known as Coach Dee, has been a coach with Victory since 2013. A former foster youth who was adopted at age 14, Brunett has been a spokesperson for shelter, foster and homeless youth and was named Camarillo Youth Philanthropist of the Year, 2010, for her charity “Luggage for Love.” Brunett was also Miss Teen California International 2010 and Miss California International 2012.
“As a former foster youth, I know first-hand, the difficult and challenging circumstances these kids face every day,” said Brunett. “Having their own backpack not only gives them a confidence boost for school, it also provides them with a dignified way of transporting their personal effects when being relocated to another placement.”
In addition to the public event August 26, Victory will be hosting a private event for Casa Pacifica children on Saturday, August 27.