The San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition celebrated its 10th annual Liquid Gold Gala, a fundraiser night filled with great entertainment, food, and amazing auction items to raise funds for wonderful cause. Every year, the SDCBC hosts this event as their main fundraiser with proceeds going towards the Coalition’s mission to protect, promote support breastfeeding throughout all of San Diego County. This includes educational activities and advocacy efforts in the community, coordinating with health care professionals in hospitals, community health centers, medical offices, and county health departments, businesses and human resource departments, school districts, child care centers, and other organizations and individuals supporting breastfeeding families. Through educational materials, conferences and training, and outreach efforts, SDCBC coordinates any breastfeeding needs within the county.
The Coalition met its goal this year by raising close to $15,000 during the evening, with live auction items such as a high-performance driving course and a weekend retreat in beautiful Idylwild, CA. The proceeds from this event will go to fund more scholarships for Certified Lactation Educator Counselors and Lactation Consultants, fund an Administrative Coordinator, distribute Breastfeeding Resource Guides across the county in English and Spanish, continue providing education courses for health care professionals, and develop resources to connect breastfeeding mothers to the support they need.
This evening was also a time to honor award winner of the Breastfeeding Champion of the Year, Jenny Ferrero, an individual who has advocated for lactation accommodations in community colleges throughout California. Awards for Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace, Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care, and the IBCLC Lactation Consultant of the Year were also recognized.
The Coalition depends entirely on memberships and donations to fund our important educational activities. We can continue to build on our efforts, with the support of donors, and expand our impact in our San Diego Community. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done to transform San Diego County into the breastfeeding-friendly community that champions breastfeeding and provides the necessary support to mothers and families. To learn more about SDCBC and get involved, please visit https://www.breastfeeding.org/ and call 1-800-371-MILK for lactation questions and guidance.