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Black Tie Bottaia raises critical funds for Rancho Damacitas
Valley News by Jeff Pack
September 6, 2019
More than 100 people donned their finest to attend Black Tie Bottaia, a fundraising dinner to support the efforts of Rancho Damacitas Children and Family Services Tuesday, Aug. 27, hosted by Ponte Winery at Bottaia Winery in Temecula Wine Country.
“This is absolutely amazing,” Cal Winslow, CEO for Rancho Damacitas, said. “It’s a lifetime event; it really is. There’s a lot of new wineries being built, but to have the experience of trying one out right at the very beginning and to have a beautiful night like this – it’s a gorgeous setting.”
Ponte Winery and Bottaia Winery provided a five-course, wine-paired dinner for every ticketholder that included a butter lettuce salad with Bottaia’s 2017 Verdicchino; a diver scallop with black lentils paired with a 2014 Barbera; a cucumber and gooseberry granita for intermezzo; a filet mignon and potato ragu paired with a 2017 Sangiovese and strawberry shortcake paired with a 2017 Toppano.
The dinner was held on Bottaia’s Club Terrace as the sun went down.
“We’re just grateful that (Ponte and Bottaia) are generous enough to make this available and help us out because it’s so important,” Winslow said. “That saying, ‘It takes a village.’ Well, it does take a village to do some of the things we’re doing with the young families and the moms over at Rancho Damacitas and we’re just really grateful.”
Rural home near Temecula helps struggling single moms get back on their feet.
Press Enterprise by Diane A. Rhodes
June 6, 2019
Empowerment Village, run by the nonprofit Rancho Damacitas Children and Family Services, aims to break cycles of poverty, abuse.
While residents in many small communities band together to help one another, the Empowerment Village near Temecula is unique.
Designed to give young women a hand up and a way out — not a handout — its mission is to break the generational cycle of child abuse and poverty by offering stable, safe housing and a life plan for employment and education.
“This is not a shelter – it’s a home where these women can build friendships and find lifelong connections,” said Kristi Piatkowski, director of development for Rancho Damacitas Children and Family Services. “Once families leave the program, our hope is they never have to depend on us or the welfare system again because they have gained the skills, confidence and experience to remain self sufficient.”
Five homes on 12 acres of land in the rural area east of Temecula can accommodate 40 single mothers and children, with a maximum of eight people per house. The program was established in 2018 by Rancho Damacitas, a nonprofit organization with multiple programs focused on current and former foster youth.
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