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Youth Celebrations

With traditional gatherings on hold for everyone's health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, we're coming up with creative new ways to celebrate our foster youth birthdays. Being able to respond to the specific wishes of the youth is so meaningful – it truly encompasses the spirit and mission of the Freda Fund. 

Phyllis Needelman and Terri from Terri Does Desserts hold boxes with a birthday sheet cake and cupcakes.
 
Fundraising

Community fundraising events help raise needed resources to support our work.

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Past Events

Since its founding in 2017, Freda Fund has organized numerous celebrations and events to support our mission. Following are highlights of our activities.

 
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Art-themed Birthday & Graduation Celebration

May 2021

 

Child Abuse Prevention Council of Sacramento, the Sacramento Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women, and artist Lisa Feldman co-sponsored a Freda Fund art-themed birthday and graduation celebration with special gift deliveries and a Zoom party.

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Walking In Their Footsteps

January 2021

This celebration featured a video highlighting Phyllis' history with the Einstein Center, and honored the remarkable community volunteers that she met along the way: Dorothy Marshall, Debbie Lewis and Susie Goodwin. The Zoom event concluded with a special tribute to Les Finke on his retirement as Eintein Senior Center's Executive Director. 

In recognition of our "Walking in their Footsteps" event honorees, Freda Fund is contributing to two community efforts:

  • Establishing a "Dorothy's Corner" collection of new books for students at Edison Library

  • Purchasing a karaoke machine for the Einstein Senior Center

If you would like to join us in honoring the service of Dorothy Marshall, Debbie Lewis, Susie Goodwin and Les Finke, consider making a donation towards these community gifts that will provide joy and inspiration for years to come.

Planting Roots
Birthday Celebration

September 2020

 

In honor of June–September birthdays, the Freda Fund celebrated by planting a vegetable garden at Choices Charter School in Sacramento. Twenty birthday youth engaged in a Zoom party, and received a special "planting roots" themed gift of a plant, along with cupcakes and a gift card.

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Happy Birthday, "Planting Roots" Birthday Celebration in honor of June–September 2020 Birthdays graphic flyer.
Freda Fund 2020 grad gifts including mugs, key chains and a "Congratulations we love you" gift box.
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2020 Graduation

Spring 2020

 

Freda Fund had planned a return to its roots in Detroit, Michigan (Freda Needelman's hometown) to host several fundraising events and honor local foster youth at their high school graduation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we switched gears and reinvented our celebrations. 

Screenshot of a text with a picture of a birthday cupcake with one lit candle and the note: "this is my cupcake! thank you for taking the time to do this with us."
Thank you note that reads, "Thank you so much. You are so kind and I bet your mom is proud of you. Thank you Ms. Needelman."
Birthday Baking Class

May 2020

 

Child Abuse Prevention Council of Sacramento and Freda Fund presented a special treat to spring birthday celebrants. Local baker Lindsay Nathanson of Sprinkles for Breakfast shared baking tips with a virtual Zoom party featuring an interactive baking class. Each birthday person received a gift card, cupcakes from Terri Littleton and baking supplies to bake with Lindsay.

Freda Fund Birthday Baking Class event flyer in celebration of February–May 2020 birthdays.

Enjoy excerpts from "Thank You, Ms. Wanda" and learn about Wanda Bolton's inspirational story.

Dance Party Honoring Wanda Bolton

March 2019

 

The 2nd Annual Freda Fund Dance Party honoring foster parents raised funds to support foster youth birthday celebrations. The evening included dancing, drinks and special recognition for Ms. Wanda, a selfless and remarkable woman who has dedicated her life to being a foster parent. Rachel Ostwald produced a  video tribute sharing Ms. Wanda's story and the positive difference she has made for the 91 children in her care over 21 years!

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Bowling Party

January 2019

 

Freda Fund kicked off 2019 with a Birthday Bowling party hosted by the Sacramento Speakers Series and Eliot Reiner Law Firm. The event brought together 103 foster youth, caregivers and guests for a fun afternoon of bowling, pizza and birthday celebrations. 

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Child Abuse Prevention Council of Sacramento invites you to a Freda Fund Bowling Party fundraiser, excerpt from the event flyer.
Three teenagers prepare to bowl at a Freda Fund bowling party.

November through January birthday recipients were honored with an afternoon of bowling, lunch, birthday cake and a gift card. It was heartwarming to see all smiles from everyone who attended, including some very talented bowlers! Such a fun day watching kids be kids, all thanks to our generous supporters.