(Riverside, CA) — June 12, 2018 – Like something out of an 80s basement or sci-fi novel, on Thursday, May 24th, Riverside Community Health Foundation (RCHF) held its “Strangely 80s” Annual Celebration fundraising event at the Riverside Convention Center. Strewn throughout the cocktail reception room, were nods to the geeky side of the 80s, from classic arcade games including, Galaga and Mrs. Pacman, to references to the classic role-playing game, Dungeons and Dragons. With over 400 people in the room, RCHF raised $235,000 to support its affiliate program, Community Settlement Association, with a portion of the funds going to The Pink Ribbon Place.
Christmas lights, neon colors, and the questionably iconic fashion choices of the 80s filled the room. Live and silent auctions included a selection of desirable wines, round-trip tickets anywhere, autographed sports jerseys, collectibles and priceless experiences!
The event program highlighted Community Settlement Association’s After-School Program, which offers the opportunity for children between fourth and ninth grade, to not only interactively learn through challenging games and activities, but also to engage with one another on issues that matter to the community and the world.
“Children come first at Community Settlement Association, they are able to evolve in a safe and nurturing environment,” said Dr. Dan Anderson, President/CEO of Riverside Community Health Foundation. “The after-school program is centered around inspiring and equipping our next generation of leaders to succeed academically and develop practical, leadership and social skills.”
In support, Auxiliary of Riverside Community Hospital generously matched all donations that night, and donated $40,000 to Riverside Community Health Foundation.
A portion of the funds that were raised, will also go to The Pink Ribbon Place – Riverside’s first breast cancer resource center. The center provides support to women, men and their loved ones going (or have been) through breast cancer, at no cost.
For over 20 years, Riverside Community Health Foundation has been committed to helping build a happier and healthier community.