San Diego – April 16, 2015 – Chula’s Mission announces its first-ever “Once Upon an Apron” fundraiser to celebrate the infinite bond between a mother and daughter and raise funds for their programs that help motherless girls. “Once Upon an Apron” is Saturday, May 9 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at Brian Malarkey’s Green Acre restaurant. Guests will experience special afternoon where mothers, grandmothers, daughters and other treasured women can spend special time together honoring their relationship while participating in a variety of activity stations.
Proceeds from the event benefit Chula’s Mission, a nonprofit that aims to mentor and nurture young motherless girls through San Diego County. The nonprofit is the first of its kind in the nation.
“Held the Saturday before Mother’s Day, ‘Once Upon an Apron’ will give mothers and daughters the opportunity to bond in a fun and engaging environment, all while raising money to support young girls who are less fortunate,” said Mayra San Juan, co-founder, Chula’s Mission. “We hope our attendees can walk away knowing how important their relationships are to one another.”
The event is hosted by Brian Malarkey’s Green Acre, located at 10300 Campus Pointe Drive, in the University City area of San Diego. From decorating aprons to making jewelry to taking a memorable photo at the phone booth, each station is designed to further deepen the bond of the mother and daughter attendees. Attendees will also enjoy delicious pepperoni and cheese pizza and lemonade while participating in the activities offered at the various stations.
“Once Upon an Apron” will also feature a panel of local moms who will share how they juggle being a mom with their busy lives. Guests will have an opportunity to gather great tips, as well as ask questions of their own to the celebrity mom panel, all while their daughters will be creating a “Mother’s Day” gift for them with the help of Chula’s Mission volunteers in an adjoining room. As of April 16, Courtney Dwyer from XETV-TV/San Diego 6, Jodi Kodesh from KNSD-TV/NBC 7 and Marcella Lee from KFMB-TV/CBS 8,are confirmed to participate. Laura Cain from KyXy 96.5’s “Jef and Jer Showgram” will moderate the panelists.
“We named the event ‘Once Upon an Apron’ because we felt the act of decorating the aprons helps to bond mothers and daughters, and prepares them for some memorable times in the future cooking and craft-making,” continues Lyndsey Ruiz, co-founder, Chula’s Mission. Event proceeds benefit the programs and outreach activities of Chula’s Mission, which includes a unique and dynamic grief counseling program for young motherless girls that incorporates cooking classes, which are designed to aid in the healing process, by providing the comforts found in a tradition shared by many mothers and daughters. The goal is for each girl that comes through Chula’s Mission to grow into a bright, well-adjusted and successful young woman. Through the generous hearts of volunteers and benefactors, motherless girls will have the opportunity to heal and thrive.
There are a limited number of tickets available to this event. Tickets can be purchased at www.chulasmission.org for $100 per duo and $50 for each additional family member. Sponsorships are available.
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About Chula’s Mission
Founded in 2010, Chula’s Mission is a San Diego-based 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to mentor and nurture young motherless girls. It is the first of its kind in the U.S. The organization’s programs are specifically aimed at addressing issues young girls may face after losing their mothers, reducing the risks and creating a healthier path to adulthood.
Chula’s Mission was co-founded by Lyndsey Ruiz and Mayra San Juan, who both lost their mothers at a young age. The organization is named after Ruiz’s mother who was given the nickname “Chula,” which means beautiful or pretty in Spanish.