Thanks to about 400 people who showed up March 30 at the Boise Centre to enjoy Mexican food, dance and music, Treasure Valley children and their families will have free or discounted access to about 1,600 counseling sessions, says the society's marketing and development manager, Joanne Taylor.
"We netted about $75,000," Taylor says. "One hundred percent of that goes toward subsidies and scholarships for kids and families who need counseling and therapy."
The Children's Home Society has logged 105 years of service. It was the state's orphanage until the late 1960s. Some prominent Idahoans - including State Board of Education member Milford Terrell and CHS board president Jim Graham - were adopted from the home's grand building on Warm Springs Avenue. The society still operates from that building, where it provides mental-health outpatient services.
The fundraiser featured food from regions of Mexico, performances by Ballet Folklorico Mexico Lindo, auctions of trips to Mexico and other prizes, plus an opportunity for gala-goers to don international costumes.
"It's pretty fun not to have to wear black tie or formal attire," Taylor says.
Kristin Rodine: 377-6447