Hope and light

SAGE Publishing will present its the fifth annual Hope and Light benefit at 6 p.m. Sat., Sept. 29 at Sherwood Country Club, 320 W. Stafford Road, Thousand Oaks.

Philanthropic community members and business professionals will honor community leaders who have partnered with Interface to keep vulnerable children and families safe. Event proceeds will sustain programs that heal and protect at-risk community members from the trauma of abuse, human trafficking and homelessness.

The event will have cocktail reception with entertainment, a wine-pull and silent auction, and artwork by domestic violence and human trafficking survivors will be on display to highlight the healing impact of art as a therapeutic tool.

Andrew Firestone, Santa Barbara philanthropist known for his prior role on “The Bachelor,” will host the dinner program.

Special guests will include Ventura County Sheriff-Elect, Bill Ayub; Ventura County CEO, Mike Powers; Ventura County District Attorney, Greg Totten; and Vanessa Bechtel, president and CEO of the Ventura County Community Foundation.

Interface delivers comprehensive support to prevent, interrupt and end the cycle of violence within families, support and shelter victims of human trafficking, provide youth and family strengthening, 2-1-1 information and referral, and mental health and justice services throughout Ventura County and adjacent communities. Its services are provided free of charge to thousands of children, parents, educators and community members annually.

The event is wait list only. For more information, visit icfs.org or contact Catherine Kort at (805) 485-6114, ext. 641 or ckort@icfs.org.

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