An Evening in the Vines on 9-11 12

Some 320 regional leaders, businesses and residents attended “Hope & Harvest: An Evening in the Vines” presented by Union Bank to help Interface Children & Family Services meet the needs of thousands of local children and families in crisis.

Set among the picturesque Triunfo Creek Vineyards in Agoura Hills, the Hope & Harvest event featured award-winning locally farmed cuisine, fine wine, local entertainment and extraordinary auction items and experiences.

Local philanthropist, businessman and reality TV star of “The Bachelor,” Andrew Firestone emceed the popular event in support of Interface’s programs, which would not exist without help from the community.

With the mission to strengthen children, families and individuals to be safe, healthy and thriving, Interface Children & Family Services is Ventura County’s most comprehensive nonprofit social services safety net. Founded in 1973, Interface works to prevent and heal the effects of child abuse, neglect and abandonment; domestic violence; family conflict and mental health issues.

Their 24 distinct programs represent five major service areas, including youth and family strengthening services, mental health, family violence intervention, justice-involved families and 2-1-1 information and referral across all socioeconomic levels and serve approximately 24,000 local individuals annually, along with 150,000 people statewide through the 2-1-1 Helpline. This important work is sustained through donations and grants from individuals and organizations, as well as by the work of dedicated volunteers and staff.

“Interface is on the front lines-they are first responders of domestic violence and they are also leaders of domestic violence prevention in our community. It is a pleasure to be a part of this event,” says Firestone.

“This is our third annual event and it so gratifying to see so many from our community come together year after year to show compassion towards the victims of family violence and work together to help Interface reach more families,” shares Event Chair Dina Furash.

Interface’s Family Violence Intervention Services deliver comprehensive support to prevent, interrupt and end the cycle of violence within families throughout Ventura County and adjacent communities. Its broad array of programs include 24-hour response teams, emergency and transitional shelters and My Body Belongs to Me and Teen Dating Violence Prevention programs provided free of charge to thousands of school-age children, parents and educators annually.

Interface’s latest video, Premiering HOPE, was screened at the event and includes testimonials regarding the critical nature of Interface’s work, including the impact of domestic violence, abuse and neglect on children in our region and how Interface instills hope and healing.

Hope & Harvest attendees also enjoyed a cocktail reception sponsored by PwC and specialty drinks provided by Casamigos Tequila while viewing the Project Hope art exhibit showcasing artwork by Interface clients who have been empowered to live a violence-free life. Santa Monica trio Sora Nova played live music, and the silent and live auctions provided opportunities for guests to win specialty gifts.

Banc of California sponsored a special table for honored first-responders (see sidebar) and others who are on the front lines every day in our community helping to keep children and families safe. This event was made possible by the generous support of Union Bank, McCarthy Companies, Sage Publications, Banc of California, Amerihome Mortgage, Black Knight Financial, PwC, Rabobank, UBS, Paul Hastings, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Westlake Village, Western Alliance Bank, Sage Auto, Abbott Downing, Jones Lang LaSalle, JT Rodgers, Mission Produce, Community Memorial Health Systems, CPI, AJA Vineyards, Landmark Vineyards, Lisa Queen Design & A Rental Connection.

For more information about Interface Children & Family Services, call 805.485.6114 or visit ICFS.org.