Lisel Ferguson, left, Michelle Schwartz, Lisa Wright, Maria Ridge and Jodi Valdivieso at Home Start’s 47th annual Blue Ribbon Gala. Photo courtesy of Home Start Inc.

Lisel Ferguson, left, Michelle Schwartz, Lisa Wright, Maria Ridge and Jodi Valdivieso at Home Start’s 47th annual Blue Ribbon Gala. Photo courtesy of Home Start Inc.

Home Start Inc., a nonprofit child abuse prevention and treatment agency, netted more than $120,000 at its 47th Annual Blue Ribbon Gala recently at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa.

Nearly 300 prominent members of the San Diego community attended the gala, which is held each April in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The gala raised funds for the organization’s programs that provide critical assistance to children and families throughout San Diego County.

The gala’s outer space theme, “Mission Blue: The Great Beyond,” featured live entertainment by the Full Strength Funk band. Guild Mortgage and Guild Giving Foundation were honored as Home Start’s 2019 Outstanding Community Partner with an award presented to Terry Schmidt, Guild Mortgage’s CFO/Partner. Home Start also recognized 22-year board member, Paul Davis, as its 2019 Outstanding Community Partner Individual.