Gabilan Chapter Celebrates 64 Years of Service
Gabilan Chapter Kinship Center believes that "every child deserves a forever family" and is dedicated to finding permanent homes for abused, neglected or abandoned children. This cannot be done without the help of a caring community.
Kinship Center’s Gabilan Chapter is a volunteer auxiliary group based in San Benito County. Each year, funds raised by the Gabilan Chapter support vital services in San Benito County for children in transition and new families struggling to meet the needs of children in their care. Some Gabilan members have dedicated their time since the chapter’s beginnings in 1956.
Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Gabilan Chapter, Kinship Center was able to open an office in downtown Hollister for families to get the training and support to become a foster or adoptive family. Formerly, San Benito County families had to go out of town for these services, making recruitment in this county difficult for Kinship Center. Through their recruitment efforts, the number of Kinship foster families in San Benito County has grown, which helps significantly to keep our foster children in San Benito County where they keep their school ties and friends.
Through the years, the chapter has raised significant amounts of funding by hosting luncheons, fashion shows and house tours; its signature fundraiser is the annual Wine and Food Tasting held each September at the historic Paicines Ranch in Tres Pinos. It's the oldest running wine event of its kind in California with over 25 different wineries and 25 different local restaurants participating
This year's 64th annual event is Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 4pm to 7pm. Tickets will go on sale in July.
The Gabilan Chapter has a long and distinguished history of service to adoption and child welfare. From 1956 to 1989, the chapter (then known as El Torillo Chapter) provided services and support to Children’s Home Society. Since 1989, Gabilan members have supported Kinship Center’s Adoption and Foster care programs in San Benito County. Kinship Center uses every dollar donated to make a lifelong difference in a child’s life.