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GOOD CAUSE - Attendees at the garden party prepare to bid on artwork. (Dinah Cotton / Los Gatan)

On May 17, despite an early morning chill, the day blossomed into ideal outdoor luncheon weather.

But the Salvation Army Silicon Valley Women’s Auxiliary 5th Annual Work of A.R.T. Garden Luncheon and Silent Auction was not your ordinary get-together.

It was a gathering with a serious purpose. After all, the three letters stand for “adventure,” “roots” and “transformation.”

who wants this artwork?
AUCTIONEER – Karyn Gramling, Salvation Army Silicon Valley Women’s Auxiliary president, with Gary Scott Thomas.
(Dinah Cotton / Los Gatan)

This purpose? To raise funds to help The Salvation Army in Silicon Valley expand its facilities, and to send children to attend summer camp.

And not just any camp—Camp Redwood Glen.

The getaway location for youth is all about “creating space where change is possible.”

Amy Diffenderfer and daughter
PAINTING – Amy Diffenderfer with her 7-year-old daughter Emma.
(Dinah Cotton / Los Gatan)

It’s a place where children can escape the difficult realities of their daily lives to experience the peace and serenity only found in nature.

The generous attendees raised $25,000.

Also, many went home with fabulous artwork and a full heart.

Hats off to all of these women and their very successful fundraiser.

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Dinah Cotton was born in San Francisco and raised on Oahu. After graduating from the University of Hawaii she returned to the mainland, moving to Los Gatos just in time for the 1989 earthquake. She’s a certified yoga instructor and enjoys doing Pilates. Contact her with story tips at [email protected].

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