Watching The "Ponies Run" Supports Children In Need -- Youth Homes Auxiliary Sponsors Annual "Day At The Races" May 10, 2007 At Golden Gate Fields

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Youth Homes Auxiliary will hold its annual "Day at the Races" on Thursday, May 10, 2007 at Golden Gate Fields (1100 Eastshore Highway, Berkeley, California 94710, telephone: 510 559-7300). Tickets are $30 each, include valet parking, reserved group seating in the Turf Club and a buffet luncheon (luncheon served from 11:30am - 2:30pm). Gates open at 11:00am, with the first race at 12:45pm and the last race over by 4:30pm.

enables the Auxiliary to help provide much needed special support to the children in the Youth Homes program - such as athletic equipment, summer camp fees, a beautiful dress for the prom or school supplies.

Youth Homes Auxiliary, (http://www.youthhomes.org/yhauxiliary.html), a non-profit group of nearly 200 dedicated volunteers who, through various activities, help to fund the care and raising of neglected and troubled youth at Youth Homes, Inc. facilities, today announced it will hold its annual "Day at the Races" on Thursday, May 10, 2007 at Golden Gate Fields (1100 Eastshore Highway, Berkeley, California 94710, telephone: 510 559-7300). Tickets are $30 each, include valet parking, reserved group seating in the Turf Club and a buffet luncheon (luncheon served from 11:30am - 2:30pm). Gates open at 11:00am, with the first race at 12:45pm and the last race over by 4:30pm. For information or to purchase tickets contact Ms. Lorna Martyn, President, Youth Homes Auxiliary at 925-938-4148 or email lmartyn@netzero.com, (tickets available March 9, 2007 thru April 26, 2007).

Youth Homes Auxiliary holds several annual events in support of the decade's old Youth Homes to raise funds for and awareness of the programs provided by this non-profit organization. Youth Homes offers high quality residential treatment programs for abused and neglected children and adolescents in Contra Costa County.

"Join us for this delightful outing, and in turn, help support children in need," said Lorna Martyn, president of Youth Homes Auxiliary. "How often can you actually help your community while still having fun? Your support of the "Day at the Races" enables the Auxiliary to help provide much needed special support to the children in the Youth Homes program - such as athletic equipment, summer camp fees, a beautiful dress for the prom or school supplies."     

"We are so fortunate to have support of the Youth Homes Auxiliary. This group of extraordinary volunteers is instrumental in helping us to add normalcy in the lives of deeply wounded children," said Stuart McCullough, Executive Director of Youth Homes. "The "Day at the Races" is certain to be an outing we will all enjoy, and it benefits our children!"

Additional fund raising programs offered by the various Chapters of Youth Homes Auxiliary include:

•Youth Homes Auxiliary Thrift Shop: This upscale shop is located at 15-B Vivian Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523. Come find treasures for all kinds of occasions,

•Entertainment Books: Buy entertainment books for $25.00 each at the Thrift Shop (15-B Vivian Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523), or call Marilyn Lindquist at 925 283-8546,

•E-Scrip: Purchase Scrip through the Auxiliary and a percentage goes to Youth Homes! Call Ivy Robinson 925 233-0167 to order today,

•Plain and Sugared Pecans: Enjoy these flavorful nut treats, available from Sandy Weber. Please order by calling 925 949-7571.

About Youth Homes, Inc.

Youth Homes Inc., is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has been in operation for 40 years, providing California counties with high quality residential treatment programs for abused and neglected children and adolescents. Current programs focus on providing residential treatment in Contra Costa County. The agency provides a safe and supportive environment for 30 boys and girls in five State-licensed facilities, 24-hours a day.

The organization was founded in Contra Costa in 1964, when a group of concerned citizens responded to articles in the Contra Costa Times and the Oakland Tribune which exposed Juvenile Halls overcrowding with children who could no longer remain in their homes, most often through no fault of their own.

For further information, to send donations and ask questions, please contact Youth Homes, Inc., 1291 Oakland Boulevard, P. O. Box 5759, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-1759, 925 933-2627, fax: 925 933-5824 or send email to help @ youthhomes.org.

About Youth Homes Auxiliary

Youth Homes Auxiliary is a group of over 200 volunteers that has served as the primary benefactor to Youth Homes for over 35 years, providing gifts and festive events for birthdays and holidays, to ensure that houses are equipped with all household necessities, and to donate funds for graduates to find apartments, home furnishings or provide academic scholarships. The Auxiliary consists of five chapters (Azalea, Camellia, Edelweiss, Fuchsia, and Mimosa) with members located throughout Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.

The Youth Homes Auxiliary Thrift Shop sells donated clothing, furniture and other items, all for the benefit of the residents of Youth Homes. The Youth Homes Auxiliary Thrift Shop, an upscale thrift store, specializes in high quality small home appliances, jewelry and art. Donations are always welcome.

To find out more about the Auxiliary, to join as a member, volunteer or donate, call or stop by the Youth Homes Auxiliary Thrift Shop located at 15-B Vivian Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523, call 925 798-5561 or email: yhaux @ youthhomes.org.

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