SANTA FE, NM – A cynic recently asked me how you know if a charity is for real.
Does it actually accomplish anything? Do any good?
Or is it just a purveyor of circular fundraisers that raise enough money to pay salaries to “run the show” and, in reality, doesn’t benefit two souls, or even one (beyond the receivers of the salaries). We all know some of these.
Youth Shelters will bring a sigh of relief to this cynic!
I have absolute, first-hand, personal knowledge of Youth Shelters’ success story because I have known Emily Folks since she was in kindergarten at Carlos Gilbert Elementary School 21 years ago with my daughter. They were inseparable best friends for seven years, playing make-up and dress-up in my bathroom in the first grade, and singing rock star karaoke in the kitchen in the sixth, until junior high sent them to different schools.
Emily drifted away and started hanging out with questionable companions on the Plaza, became estranged from her parents, who divorced, couch-surfed for a while and, at some point, she became homeless. Sleeping outside. Our little friend Emily!
Who knew? Somewhere along the way, she had a baby. Nowhere to turn, no money, no family to go to. But the Street Team of Youth Shelters found her.
They gave her food, shelter, clothing and counseling. They brought her back to civilization.
Benefitting Youth Shelters, the “Boots, Bolos, and Boogie” gala is the brainchild of Patty Carter (the wonder child breast-cancer survivor who pledged after her surgery that, if she survived, she would dedicate the rest of her life volunteering to serve others). Youth Shelters is her major passion.
Some 250 community supporters warmed up to the music of JEM, then danced to the Shirelles (yes, the REAL, we will still love you tomorrow ones!) and raised $60,000. It will go to support, among other things, the Walk-In Program where homeless teens can come in for a shower and a meal, get hygiene supplies, use the Internet, and maybe get some counseling and hugs; and the Street Team, who go out and offer services to homeless kids on the streets.
Every night in Santa Fe, there are 100 homeless children out on the street; one in three are under the age of 18. They’re out there for a variety of reasons – parents on drugs, abusive parents, negligent parents … no parents.
“When we are blessed, we can be a blessing to others.” – Patty Carter.
The blessing in this success story is that, today, Emily Folks is helping to run Youth Shelters. And who better?
Ashley Margetson has a BA in English from UCLA, is a senior real estate broker with Sotheby’s International Realty and has a finger on the pulse of philanthropic activities in Santa Fe. To tell us about an upcoming event, email email@example.com.
Patty Carter runs the show during the “Boots, Bolos and Boogie” soiree.
“Sugar Shack” Pat Carter lends support to chairwoman Patty Carter.
David DeVary beams at the charity gala.
Pot dealer (not that kind of pot) Andrea Fisher and Ali MacGraw.
Ella Frank pauses during “Boots, Bolos and Boogie” celebrations.
Siri Hollander and Dana McIntosh get close at the Youth Shelters fundraiser.
Daniel Nadelbach, Kevin Goldsmith, Muffet Cuddy and Dermot Monks mug it up.
Youth Shelters director David Block with Emily Folks at the organization’s gala.