photos by Paul Luna Photography

Changing Lives

x_inspiringdreams2Carlsbad nonprofit Kathy’s Legacy Foundation (KLF) held the 2016 Inspiring Dreams Gala at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa in early October to raise awareness of domestic abuse. The gala spotlighted the challenges children face living in an abusive home and funded specific dreams of children living in shelters, including trips to Disneyland, bungee jumping, and soccer lessons.

Deputy District Attorney Tracy Prior was honored with the 2016 Inspiring Dreams Award for her lifetime commitment of assisting victims of domestic abuse. The gala also featured a panel of speakers, live music by the Fabulous Ultratones, and live and silent auctions with items such as a surfboard personally designed by Rob Machado, a getaway to the Fairmont Orchid in Hawaii, and a custom-made diamond necklace. The event raised more than $120,000, some of which will help provide extracurricular activities for children at Rady Children’s Hospital Chadwick Center.

x_inspiringdreams3KLF’s long-term goal is to build Kathy’s Village and Kennel, an all-inclusive safe haven for survivors of domestic violence, their children, and their pets. “Having the opportunity to help families who have lived through unthinkable trauma is rewarding and drives us to work even harder. The demand is so much greater than what we can currently provide, and Kathy’s Legacy is committed to being a voice for victims and their families,” said KLF Co-Founder Ginny Scharbarth.

The foundation was formed in memory of Kathy Scharbarth and funds a wide range of programs to benefit victims of domestic violence, their children, and their pets. Donations are still being accepted to help Kathy’s Legacy Foundation meet its fundraising goals at www.kathyslegacy.org.