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49ers Support Child Abuse Prevention

Posted Apr 5, 2010

Hedge Funds Care will sponsor the 9th Annual West Coast “Open Your Heart to the Children Benefit” at The Bently Reserve in San Francisco on Wednesday, April 28th at 4:30 p.m. The event will feature a silent auction, raffle, and wine tasting from premier Napa and Sonoma Valley vineyards.

San Francisco 49ers Owner John York will be accompanied by several 49ers players, along with 500 people from the West Coast hedge fund industry at this year's dinner.

Funds raised by the event will be used to distribute grants to existing organizations that address child abuse treatment and prevention in the Bay Area.

“The 49ers Foundation’s mission is to keep kids safe, on track and in school,” said 49ers Owner John York. “The goal of Hedge Funds Care is to quell domestic violence and eradicate child abuse which fits directly with our mission. We have been a part of this event for the past nine years and are looking forward to continuing to raise money and awareness for our youth in need.”

After last year’s event, Dr. Bart Grossman from the University of California at Berkeley School of Social Welfare provided guidance to help Hedge Funds Care allocate funds raised to the following designated agencies: APA Family Support Services, CALICO Center, Community Violence Solutions, Compass Community Services, Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Department, Edgewood Center for Children and Families, FamiliesFirst, First Place for Youth, La Casa de Las Madres, La Clínica de La Raza, Inc., The Link to Children, San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, San Francisco Court Appointed Advocates, Shelter Network, The University of California - San Francisco, Child Trauma Research Project.

The co-chairs of this year’s West Coast Committee of Hearts, who plan the “Open Your Heart to the Children Benefit,” are Angela Osborne from Blackrock, Elisabeth MacKnight from Conifer Securities, and Todd Goldman from Rothstein Kass.

“We are excited to host this event in San Francisco and to partner with the 49ers Foundation for the ninth time,” Osborne said. “Last year's event was a tremendous success, raising more than $650,000. We look forward to the continued support of the hedge fund industry for this very worthy cause.”

Hedge Funds Care is an industry alliance formed in 1998 with the sole mission of raising funds to prevent and treat child abuse. To date, the group has distributed over $21 million internationally through local agencies. In addition to the dinner in San Francisco, Hedge Funds Care also holds events in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, London, Toronto, Cayman Islands, and New York.

Money will be raised through ticket sales, a golf raffle, and a silent auction. Tables for 10 guests may be purchased for $15,000. Individual tickets are available for $1,750. There are also event corporate sponsorship opportunities. For more information, please call Dan Butchko at 212-991-9600 ext. 336.

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