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Hanna Boys Center fundraiser set for Nov. 9

For youth that have suffered significant childhood trauma - including trauma resulting from wildfires that swept through Northern California recently - athletics can be a way to gain the skills and self-esteem necessary to build relationships, become self-confident and learn leadership skills. With that in mind, Hanna Boys Center, a residential treatment center for at-risk youth, today announced “A Giant Day for Hanna” – a fundraising event dedicated to supporting and advancing athletic programs at Hanna. The event will take place Thursday, Nov. 9 at 5 p.m. at MoMo’s Restaurant, located directly across the street from AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, in San Francisco.

The San Francisco Giants-themed reception will feature a hosted bar and hors d’oeuvres and will culminate with an opportunity to support Hanna’s athletic programs. Hanna will raffle Giants memorabilia and guests can meet and take photos with Giants mascot, Lou Seal. Guests are also encouraged to wear Giants or Hanna Hawks apparel to the event.

“While the Hanna campus is safe, Sonoma Valley has suffered tremendously from the wildfires, and athletic programs have been and will continue to be impacted,” said Brian Farragher, director of Hanna Boys Center. “Our student athletes prosper from these programs which help them heal and find focus and discipline.”

Farragher says the event will include a “recap of recent milestones and (an opportunity to) hear from current students and alumni.” “Support for Hanna’s athletics is critical for the overall success of our program,” Farragher said.

Hanna offers the boys opportunities to participate in a variety of athletic programs, including soccer, basketball, wrestling, volleyball and baseball. According to Hanna officials, the programs are supported by donations, and help provide Hanna’s youth “a more traditional high school experience where they can thrive athletically, as well as academically.”

“Our athletic programs provide our boys great opportunities to learn the value of teamwork and leadership and build confidence through individual and team achievement,” added Farragher.

Hanna Boys Center has long ties to the San Francisco Giants. In 1958, the Giants’ inaugural year in San Francisco at Seals Stadium, Willie Mays took photos and met with the Hanna boys at the stadium, helping inspire them to play baseball and stay motivated in their studies.

Additional information for “A Giant Day for Hanna” is available at hannacenter.org/giantday. Single guest tickets are available for $100 with discounts for purchasing multiple tickets. For more information about the fundraising event, contact Leslie Petersen at lpetersen@hannacenter.org or 707.933.2555.

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