Boys to Men Mentoring raises $400,000!

Nearly 300 guests of Boys to Men Mentoring gathered for an evening of inspiration and empowerment at the 2nd Annual Rooted in Resiliency Celebration on Saturday, April 13th. Held at Coasterra on Harbor Island, the event raised nearly half a million dollars to expand mentoring programs to benefit struggling teen boys.

Boys2Men Gala – 2024 (Photo © By Alan Hess)

From start to finish, the evening was filled with warmth, generosity, and a shared commitment to empowering young men.

Beginning on the Harbor Float, VIPs enjoyed live jazz, elegant fan dancing, gourmet food stations, and a live painting of John Lennon by artist Sergio Gutierrez — all while taking in breathtaking San Diego views.

The magic of the evening continued into the ballroom where beautiful orchid centerpieces and delectable desserts adorned each table. Allie Wagner graced the stage as emcee, sharing her story of attending her first Caddyhack Golf Tournament in 2016 and meeting Co-founders Joe Sigurdson and Craig McClain for the first time. Her passion for B2M shone through as she spoke graciously about the B2M mission. The program continued with guest speaker educator, and author Stedman Graham, whose insights on self-identity and leadership resonated deeply with all attendees.

The highlight of the evening was the exhilarating live auction, which resulted in a remarkable $400,000 total funds raised. Guests were thoroughly entertained by San Diego auctioneer, Anna Courvette. Auction items included a stunning ocean art piece by Aaron Chang, yacht excursion donated by Oliver Family Foundation, an ultimate surfing experience with Damien Hobgood, weekend escape to Sedona and more. Phil Pace, founder of Phil’s BBQ, surprised B2M with a $20,000 donation match during the “fund-a-need” program!

“We are overwhelmed by the tremendous support shown at our Rooted in Resiliency Celebration,” said Rose Courtney, Executive Director of Boys to Men Mentoring.  “Funds raised will significantly expand our efforts to empower and mentor more young men, helping them to unlock their full potential”

As Boys to Men Mentoring looks ahead to another year of growth and empowerment, B2M aspires to expand into 10 more schools in the 2024-2025 school year and reach over 1,000 boys throughout San Diego County. Dollars raised at the annual fundraiser will play a key role in accomplishing their goals.

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