Inaugural Shop with a Cop Friendraiser – November 19th – 7pm to 9pm
For the past four years, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation has partnered with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office to organize the Shop with a Cop event where 100 under-resourced children throughout the county are given a $100 Target gift card and team up with a deputy to go holiday shopping. Each year, this event is sponsored entirely through the Foundation’s general fund. This year, the Foundation challenged themselves to not only increase the number of children that participate, but also increase the gifted amount that the children get to spend. The question was quickly asked, “How can we make that happen?”
After some thought, we agreed that we needed to organize an event that not only help raise funds for the event, but also raise awareness of the Foundation and its mission. With these two goals in mind, we partnered with Mercedes Benz of Thousand Oaks to host a complementary event where the public could meet and mingle with Ventura County’s finest amongst some of the newest and fastest cars Mercedes has to offer. To help make this event a success, the Sherwood Lake Club and their new executive chef, Marcus Webster, provided the food, while The Stonehaus and Enegren Brewery provided the wine and beer.
The two hour event got off to a great start with everyone touring the facility, mingling with the Sheriff’s Command Staff, and all the while, learning about what the root cause of the event was for – helping children and law enforcement. When all was said and done, we had more than 150 people participate in the inaugural event and raised over $30,265. We quickly realized that with a little extras effort, we could improve upon what was seemingly perfect event. Not only did we include more than 167 children, but each was able to spend $200 which included a pair of shoes.
Given the success of this friendraiser, we plan on hosting it again in November 2018, please follow us on Facebook or Twitter to find out about not only this event but many more in 2018.