Watch Virtual Gala Program

About the Event

Each year, Families Forward hosts an annual fundraising gala to support our vital mission to prevent and end homelessness in Orange County. Out of abundance of caution, to protect the health and safety of our guests, volunteers and staff, Families Forward has made the difficult decision to transition our Light Up the Night Gala to fully virtual. This year’s event will include inspirational client stories, engaging entertainment and an online auction. Reserve your free virtual ticket today, gather your friends and family, and help bring the spirit of Ohana to Orange County on August 27th to help end family homelessness.

Sponsorships & Underwriting Opportunities

Sponsorships and underwriting opportunities are still available. Click here to view available opportunities on a printable form.

Online Auction

Your generous contribution of a product or service to our auction will have a direct impact on our ability to serve at risk and homeless families in our community.

Presenting Sponsor

Igniting Hope Sponsor

The Kling Family Foundation

Navigating Home Sponsors

Susan McClintic & Michael Gilbert

Teri & Alan Hoops

Amy & William Claster

Meg & Brian English

Sepideh Tabai

Driving Community Spirit Sponsors

Ernst & Young

Trish & Steven Scarborough

Nancy & Irv Chase

Beall Family Foundation

Sandy Fainbarg

Moving Forward Sponsors

Bryan & Martha Bayer

James & Nina Berman

Mark & Marcia Engstrom

Brighter Futures Sponsors

Ruby & Bob Dunek

Linda & Kevin Pitts

Debra Harkness

Mark & Laurie Henigan

Karin & Jeffry Pearson

Robert Davis & Susan Hori

Steven Fainbarg

Event Underwriters

Mark & Laurie Henigan – Entertainment Experience


Alice & Ara Apkarian – Event Website


Sepidah Tabai – Decor & Centerpieces