1   Gala 250 x 350Our 2023 Imagine Gala fundraiser was a tremendous success, raising an incredible, record-breaking $208,000! It marked our first in-person gala since April 2019, and the atmosphere was electric.

At the Blackhawk Country Club in Danville, guests were treated to exquisite wine, hors d’oeuvres, and a captivating silent auction featuring a wide array of options along with an inspiring program.

The evening started with warm greetings from Board Chair Matt Tillman, Mistress of Ceremonies Renee Reid, and Auctioneer Nick Medina from KLM Auctions. The program included a live dessert auction, Alissa’s heartfelt message and final sponsor thank-you song, a live auction, and a fund-a-need paddle raise inspired by the inspiring journey of Diana Aleman, one of our featured alumni. To cap off the night, guests danced away with DJ Lady T.2   gala 250 x 350

Linda Best, our Founding Board Member, expressed her awe, saying, "I've attended numerous fundraisers throughout the years, but last night's event surpassed all expectations in terms of energy and generosity." Another guest raved about the event, praising its upbeat, energetic, and classy ambiance, along with excellent acoustics, delicious dinner, and the pleasure of fun and familiar company.

Take a peek at what you missed – click here to see the event photos by Swede Pea Photography! Don't miss the chance to be inspired by Diana's incredible success story and enjoy Alissa's heartfelt sponsor thank-you song. And, we will hope to see you at next year’s event!

Thank you to our 2023 sponsors:


CSAA Insurance Group, CoCo Farms, First Republic Bank3   gala 250 x 350


Chevron, Citi, John Muir Health, JStokes, J.P. Morgan Private Bank, Marathon, Matt and Holly Tillman, Pierano Estate, Swede Pea Photography


Diablo Magazine


Cosmetic Dental Spa, Kaiser Permanente, Linda & Ed Best, Mechanics Bank, Summit Financial Group, Nelson Connects4   gala 250 x 350


Bay Alarm, Bishop-Wisecarver, Comcast, The Conco Companies, Magic Cabinet, MCE Clean Energy, Mount Diablo Resource Recovery, Peterson Properties, Phillips 66, Travis Credit Union, USS UPI

Special thanks to:

Mistress of Ceremonies: Renee Reid

Auctioneer: Nick Medina (KLM Auctioneers)

Photography by: Swede Pea Photography

White wine: Peirano Estate Vineyards

DJ by: DJ Lady T (Tricia Piquero)

Audio/Visual: Oakland AV

Venue: Blackhawk Country Club