Several mothers with babies ranging in age from a few weeks to three years joined 800 supporters at The Renaissance’s Indian Wells’ Emerald Ballroom to support Mamas House at its annual silent auction and luncheon.
Mamas House operates a safe haven for girls and women in crisis pregnancies who wish to carry their babies to term. The organization addresses their spiritual, physical, emotional, educational, and vocational needs.
Board chair Pat McDonnell welcomed the crowd, Dr. Lisa Lindley’s velvet soprano brought the gathering to tears, and founder and executive director Jan Lupia shared Mama’s House’s history.
Their newest partnership is with the Indio Chief of Police Richard Twiss and the city’s Community Outreach Resource Program to the homeless. The house maintains eight beds and the women usually stay up to three months following delivery.
House manager Diane Oeung and house director Christina Aguilar are the only full-time staff with support from four part-time staff and volunteers. Some volunteers came from other states to help.
TV personality and author Laura Ingraham was the keynote speaker. Angel sponsors are McDonnell Family Foundation, Anne Thompson-Silverstein and Barbara S. Waddell & Helen L. Brown. The Auen Foundation and Patti & Jack Grundhofer are Patron sponsors; and Guardian sponsors are Wayne & Jan Anderson, Gary & Ann Galton, Naz & Barbara Noujaim, Butch & Judy Seal, and Warren & Cathy Smith.
Photography by Sherri Breyer