18th Annual Family Service Association of Redlands Grove Dinner Draws 500 Guests – Redlands Daily Facts

The Redlands Family Services Association recently held their 18th annual fundraising dinner in the grove at Jack and Laura Dangermond’s orange grove in east Redlands.

This year’s event saw the largest attendance yet, with 500 guests, according to a press release.

Trumpet players greeted guests as they arrived and boarded a golf cart for the quarter-mile ride through the orange grove to the auction tent and dinner site. At the event site, the Ben Davis Quartet entertained, Escape Brewery served wine and beer, and Esri Café staff served appetizers.

The silent auction featured over 140 items, and there was a wine selection giveaway in which those who donated $50 had the chance to win a bottle of wine worth up to $220.

“The silent auction raised over $65,000 and so far is our best yet.” Jill Prendergast, fund development manager for the Family Service Association, said in a press release.

  • Guests dine at tables in Jack and Laura Dangermond’s orange grove in east Redlands during the Family Service Association of Redlands Dinner in the Grove September 24, 2022. (Photo by Jill Prendergast, Redlands Family Services Association)

  • Guests gather under the silent auction tent at the Family Service...

    Guests gather in the Family Service Association of Redlands’ September 24, 2022 silent auction tent, Dinner in the Grove fundraiser, held in Jack and Laura Dangermond’s orange grove in the eastern United Redlands. (Photo by Jill Prendergast, Redlands Family Services Association)

  • A long table is set between rows of orange trees...

    A long table is set between rows of orange trees in Jack and Laura Dangermond’s East Redlands Orange Grove for the Family Service Association of Redlands’ September 24, 2022 fundraiser, Dinner in the Grove. (Photo by Jill Prendergast, Redlands Family Services Association)

  • Buffet service tables are set up for the Family Service Association...

    Buffet serving tables are set up for dinner in the Family Service Association of Redlands 24 September 2022 grove in Jack and Laura Dangermond’s orange grove in the east of the Redlands. (Photo by Jill Prendergast, Redlands Family Services Association)

The buffet dinner was prepared by Chef Esri Café, and the meal included wine courtesy of Rod and Lori Shelffo, raffle organizers.

Char Burgess and Shelli Stockton served as event chairs, as they have done for all previous Dinner in the Grove fundraisers, assisted by a committee of board members, staff and Family Service Association volunteers.

Proceeds from Dinner in the Grove aid the work of the Family Service Association of Redlands serving low income, homeless and near homeless families.

Family Service Association of Redlands, a non-profit organization founded in 1898, serves the residents of Redlands, Yucaipa, Mentone, Highland, Loma Linda, Bryn Mawr, San Bernardino and Grand Terrace. The agency serves more than 7,000 people each year, according to the press release.

The Family Service Association of Redlands headquarters is at 612 Lawton St., Redlands, and it has a Yucaipa office at 11985 Fourth St., Suite 116.

For more information, visit redlandsfamilyservice.org or call 909-793-2673.

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