Shelter to Soldier to Host ‘Be the Light’ 10th Anniversary Charity Gala on August 13

Shelter to Soldier is hosting its 10th anniversary fundraising event at the Rancho Santa Fe Inn on Saturday, August 13 from 5-9 p.m., with a fundraising goal of $180,000 to continue its dedication to rescuing the dogs and veterans in need through its psychiatric service dog, emotional support animal and therapy dog ​​training programs.

Individual tickets to attend the gala are available for purchase at $300 per person for guests to enjoy small bites, wine, beer and specialty cocktails accompanied by live music, silent and live auctions (hosted by Clint Bell), followed by a seated dinner with dessert. Guests will observe graduate service dogs as well as service dogs in training and have the opportunity to interact with a team of therapy dogs and Shelter to Soldier Canine Ambassadors for photo ops and affection . Live auction highlights include: two round-trip tickets on Alaska Airlines; a week-long stay in a residential suite in Aspen, Colorado, and a custom surfboard by Dark Arts Boards. The deadline to purchase tickets and RSVP to attend the event is August 5th.

COX Communications supports the event as the 10-year Presenting Sponsor of the STS Be the Light Charity Gala alongside fellow sponsors UNITE and Avion Law, and event partners Redfearn & Associates, Ranch and Coast Magazine and 100.7 Big FM .

Michael Ford, Senior PA Community Relations Specialist at Cox Charities, remarks: “Cox is passionate about supporting our local veterans, both as an employer and as a partner through great organizations. like Shelter to Soldier. We proudly congratulate Shelter to Soldier on 10 years of incredible impact and look forward to seeing them continue their mission of “saving lives, two at a time”.

Shelter to Soldier Founder and President Graham Bloem, Co-Founder and Vice President Kyrie Bloem at last year’s Shelter to Soldier gala.

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Additional event sponsorship opportunities are still available, with a June 22 deadline. The $20,000 Platinum sponsorship provides two tables of eight VIP guest tickets and numerous brand exposure opportunities that meaningfully impact the lives of homeless dogs and veterans served by the SST Program. Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsorship levels include VIP guest entry and exciting sponsor visibility options. New additions to sponsorship categories this year include Ray of Light Sponsorships starting at $2,500 as well as Radiance Sponsorships at $1,500, which help underwrite unique lighting features reflecting the theme of the Be the Light Gala. An exclusive opportunity to be a beverage sponsor allows the donor to get creative with subscribing to a specialty cocktail (named by the sponsor), which guests can enjoy at the event along with a supply of wine and beer . Interested parties are encouraged to visit to download the gala sponsorship package or call Kyrie’ Bloem at 760-870-5338 to discuss a donation.

“Our annual Be the Light Gala is a wonderful celebration of the impact the Shelter to Soldier program has had on the lives of local rescue dogs and veterans, an opportunity to raise awareness about veteran mental health, and a platform -shape to raise awareness for funds that help Shelter to Soldier answer the call for more veterans and homeless puppies in need of STS services.The event is a refreshing reminder of all we can accomplish when we work together. We are thrilled to be back under the stars at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe and look forward to celebrating the evening with loyal donors and new guests,” said Kyrié Bloem, Co-Founder and Vice President from Shelter to Soldier.

The Rancho Santa Fe hostel is located at 5951 Linea del Cielo, Rancho Santa Fe.

For more information about Shelter to Soldier, visit To learn more about veteran support services provided by STS, call 760-870-5338 for a confidential interview regarding eligibility.

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