East County Business News – Home of Guiding Hands Gala raised more than $100,000

The Home of Guiding Hands (HGH) reports it raised more than $100,000 at its recent 39th annual Gala that benefitted children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Held June 1 at the Hotel Del Coronado, the 350 guests at the Gala enjoyed dinner and dancing, along with a silent auction and a live auction with Sean Kelly, auctioneer seen on TruTV’s “Storage Hunters” show. This year’s honoree was Frank Gerberding, volunteer coordinator of HGH’s golf tournament. Under Gerberding’s leadership during the past 30 years, the annual golf tournament has generated more than $1 million in donations, HGH officials said.
HGH is an El Cajon-based non-profit organization that provides services, training and advocacy for people with developmental disabilities. Services are provided to about 800 adults and children with developmental and physical disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, epilepsy, cerebral palsy and autism. Support is provided to individuals with developmental disabilities who are living independently in their own homes and communities of choice in the East County, along with residents of 31 homes in the San Diego area communities of El Cajon, Lakeside, San Carlos and Santee. HGH also operates a Respite Program that gives family members a much-needed break, a Life Planning Program that assists families with the process of developing a care plan for the future and an early childhood program, along with transportation services and counseling and family support services.