It's Happening: Reach For the Stars Benefit

Actress Gabrielle Carteris and San Francisco 49ers Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott to make an appearance at the October 25 breakfast to benefit programs for at-risk youth.


Sky’s The Limit Fund announced its third annual “Reaching for the Stars” breakfast benefit will take place Thursday, October 25 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel in Palo Alto to support of programs for at-risk youth. 

This year’s celebrity host is actress Gabrielle Carteris, best known for her role as studious school newspaper editor Andrea Zuckerman on Beverly Hills, 90210.

The featured speaker is San Francisco 49ers Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott.  The event will honor Mountain View-Los Altos School District’s newly retired Hinda Weber for her lifetime work counseling troubled students. Individual tickets are available for $75.

Sky’s the Limit Fund is a non-profit organization committed to helping families in crisis respond to the struggles of adolescent children and young adults by providing grants, support and hope through wilderness therapy programs and continuing counseling.

Since its founding in 2009, Sky’s the Limit Fund has given $85,000 in program scholarships to 17 families. In all cases, scholarship amounts were doubled by matching donations from the organization’s partner wilderness programs.

“We believe wilderness therapy is powerful in treating young people’s substance abuse and other mental health issues,” said Sky’s the Limit Co-Founder Rochelle Bochner.  “Outdoor behavioral healthcare provides non-punitive, supportive care and positive, eye-opening life experiences.”

The Reaching For The Stars award was created by Sky’s the Limit Fund to recognize individuals who devote their careers to youth and young adults. 

As the head counselor and director of case management at Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District, Weber devoted her career to helping children throughout their secondary school lives, guiding them into a variety of programs for their struggles, including wilderness therapy.

“We work with highly respected people in the community like Hinda to identify families in need of our help,” said Sky’s the Limit Fund Co-Founder Lani Dorff.  “Wilderness programs are often cost-prohibitive for financially challenged families seeking that level of expert intervention and counseling for their children -- from $400 or more per day, with average stays of eight weeks.”

For tickets, sponsorships and volunteer opportunities supporting Sky’s The Limit Fund programs, call 650.472.2915, visit Reaching for the Stars (www.skysthelimitfund.org) or email info@skysthelimitfund.org.


About Sky’s The Limit Fund

Sky’s the Limit Fund is a non-profit organization that transforms the lives of at-risk youth by providing grants, support and hope through wilderness therapy programs and beyond.  Today's youth and young adults face an epidemic that transcends socioeconomic class, gender and ethnicity; teen suicide and drug overdose rates are alarmingly high.

  •          The number one cause of death for 15-24 year olds is unintentional injury, which includes overdoses (From a study by the CDC)
  •         On average, eight teenagers die each day due to alcohol-induced motor vehicle crashes
  •          Every day, 2,700 teens abuse a prescription drug.  That is 112 teens per hour/2 teens per minute (Partnership for a Drug-Free America)
  •         One in five females and one in seven males have inflicted some form of self-injury.
  •          1 out of 5 youth in our country is afflicted with mental health or emotional problems!
  •          1 out of 10 has severe problems yet only 1 out of 3 receives qualified mental health treatment. (U.S. Surgeon General's office)

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