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2 couples co-chair Walden Family Services fundraiser

CARLSBAD — Carlsbad residents Michelle and Brendan Ozanne and Dawn and Randy Grossman have stepped forward to co-chair the much-anticipated Oct. 12 fundraiser for Walden Family Services at the Grand Del Mar in San Diego. The eighth annual Wine D’ Vine evening event promises to deliver delectable savories, unparalleled wine pairings, and impressive entertainment.
Founded in 1976, Walden Family Services is a treatment-level foster family and adoption agency for children with special needs in Southern California.
Fundraiser proceeds support an array of programs such as children faced with mental or physical challenges, have specific medical needs, or those over 18 years of age, which still require guidance.
“There is not a better organization out there that I know of that provides children with a loving home,” Michelle Ozanne said. “I have seen firsthand the amazing difference in a child’s life when you put a child who has been through so much abuse and neglect into a really safe, loving foster home with either one or two parents.”
Ozanne has been involved with Walden Family Services for more than a decade. Starting as a social worker, she moved her way through the organization. After 13 years, she left the nonprofit as its interim chief executive officer but accepted a Walden Family Services Governance Board seat.
Over time, Ozanne’s husband Brendan became involved in various efforts to support the organization, as well. And that includes co-chairing the upcoming 2011 Wine D’ Vine soiree.
Culinary delights will be prepared by Bull Taco, Manhattan of La Jolla, Pamplemouse Grille, Red Tracton’s, The Grand Del Mar, Truluck’s, and Union Kitchen
Featured wineries and breweries are Duckhorn Vineyards, Maddalena Vineyards, Orin Swift, Pacific Beach AleHouse, Ramey Wine Cellars, Rombauer Vineyards, Tantara Winery, and Vineyard 29.
Ozanne said guests will be entertained by jazz guitarist, Peter Sprague.
And former San Diego Padre player Mark Grant will serve as master of ceremonies.
“In addition to the food and wine we have fabulous auction items,” said Ozanne, adding how more than 60 silent auction items will be on hand.
Scott Kaplan, co-host of the “Scott and BR Show” on XX 1090 AM, will serve as live auctioneer for items such as private dinners and golf packages.
Dawn and Randy Grossman became involved with Walden Family Services through Ozanne.
“It’s going to be a fabulous event with top notch California vineyards who generously donated to the event to pair their wine for some of our best-known chefs in San Diego County,” Dawn Grossman said.
While financial times are still challenging for so many, Grossman said, nonprofit organizations like Walden Family Services are also being affected by it. “We are so incredibly appreciative of our sponsors, donors and attendees support,” she said. “Every little bit adds up and truly makes a difference in the lives of children.”
Some of its generous sponsors include Barney & Barney, LLC, Dowling and Yahnke, LLC, Lindsay and Brownell, CPAs, San Diego Business Journal, Harley K. Sefton, Hal and Hilary Dunning, Focus Group, and Union Bank.Ozanne hopes the event raises $300,000.
Although the organization receives monies from the county, Ozanne said, it doesn’t meet the actual amount required for their programs and services. The proceeds will bridge that gap.
“Our motto is that we do whatever it takes for our children,” she said. “We will go above and beyond to make sure that our children get the services that they need to be successful.”
For Wine D’ Vine ticket information, call (619) 727-5887 or visit