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Lutheran Social Services Gala Raises $305K for Programming in Six Counties
By Sentinel News Service
Published November 23, 2022

LSSSC Board Chair Terry Paulson, Ph.D.; Jon Louis-Krause, Trinity Lutheran Church; LSSSC CEO Dr. LaSharna Beckwith; and David Louis-Krause. (Courtesy photo)

Lutheran Social Services of Southern California (LSSSC) – a leading provider of social services programs in Southern California – hosted its first Color of Hope Gala on Veterans’ Day, November 11 at the Marriott, California State University-Fullerton. Longtime supporters Bruce and Debbie Dannemeyer served as honorary chairs while William and Audrey Dahlgren received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Due to the generous support of 187 attendees, gross proceeds of $305K was announced at the end of the evening surpassing the initial fundraising goal of $167K.

The gala began with a champagne reception, silent auction, appetizers and a selfie station where attendees shared messages of hope. Performer and auctioneer Mark J. Thomas served as Master of Ceremonies and welcomed supporters donned in colorful attire for dinner and awards program. A Veteran’s salute, color guard and prayer kicked off the gala in honor of Veteran’s Day.


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LSSSC CEO Dr. LaSharnda Beckwith and others shared about the mission, services and impact of the Orange County-based nonprofit organization followed by a live musical performance by New City Parish Choir and live auction.

Bruce and Debbie Dannemeyer reflected at the event, “While LSSSC has been around for over 70 years, some people still haven’t heard of us. Tonight, we made an impact in sharing the work of this vital organization while raising funds for the individuals in the community who need our support the most. We lived up to our event theme, ‘Do Something,’ inspired by our own Dr. Beckwith to do something now to help others in the communities.”

Licensed in six counties, Lutheran Social Services provides local programs and case management, a food pantry, housing counseling, peer training programs and victim assistance to those who have experienced domestic or other forms of violence.


For more information about Lutheran Social Services Southern California, visit www.lsssc.org or call (714) 685-1800 ext. 1213.


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