Kathy’s Legacy Foundation invites you to get inspired! This year’s gala highlights a dynamic speaker who has overcome unthinkable adversity and has turned her pain into helping others.
You can dance the night away to the sound of the Fabulous Ultratones, vie for a vacation getaway, and participate in the live and silent auctions. The funds raised from the gala will have a positive impact on victims of domestic violence and their families.
Kathy’s Legacy Foundation provides opportunities for normalcy for children to experience the lost joys of childhood having experienced the trauma of domestic violence. The foundation subsidizes specialized advocates to accompany the children to court and to access resources such as therapy and dental care.
Through the foundation’s partnerships, Kathy’s Legacy Foundation is able to provide free dental care, therapy, and legal assistance. The foundation’s long-term goal is to build Kathy’s Village and Kennel, a safe-haven for victims of domestic violence, their children and their pets.
We cannot do our work without you!
Please join us for a night of memorable moments with our special speakers and guests.
Our keynote speaker, Jessica Yaffa, shares her chilling account of surviving extreme domestic violence by the hands of her ex-husband and her journey to helping other survivors. Jessica’s ex-husband was sentenced to 29 years behind bars for his abuse. She has transformed a set of extremely traumatic circumstances into a triumphant story. As an author and sought after speaker Jessica helps raise awareness and bring an end to the cycle of violence. She is president of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council and co-founder and president of NoSilenceNoViolence.
Emmy Award Winning journalist and anchor, Phil Blauer, will guide you through the evening of inspiring speakers and entertainment. The Fox 5 anchor knows firsthand the profound loss of Kathy Scharbarth to a premature death at the hands of her estranged boyfriend. He covered her tragic murder and has maintained a commitment to ending the cycle of violence.
Tracy Prior is a native San Diegan and attended Bonita Vista High School in Chula Vista. She majored in Communication Studies at UCLA and received her law degree from the University of San Francisco. Tracy volunteered in a restraining order clinic in high school where she developed a passion for working in the area of Domestic Violence. She started her legal career as a Deputy City Attorney prosecuting Domestic Violence and Child Abuse cases, and then joined the District Attorney’s office, and has been a prosecutor for 20 years. Tracy is currently the Chief of the Family Protection Division where she leads/mentors a division of over 100 professionals who are dedicated to the protection of Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, and Elder Abuse victims. Tracy has tried several murder cases to verdict including a capital case involving the Death Penalty. Tracy has taught at the state and national levels and has presented to international audiences. She has been an adjunct professor at Palomar and Miramar Junior Colleges, and has guest lectured at California State San Marcos, and San Diego State University. Tracy currently is working at the National level with the National District Attorney’s Association developing partnerships with the National Football League and Major League Baseball for information sharing and awareness on Domestic Violence issues. Tracy’s biggest accomplishments are her two young boys, ages 9 and 7.