LifeMoves benefit in Los Altos Hills draws nearly 100 people

A benefit to support homeless veterans in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties raised thousands of dollars last month in Los Altos Hills, according to organizers.

The July 18 event, a benefit for the nonprofit LifeMoves, drew approximately 90 people, CEO Bruce Ives said. It was held at the home of LifeMoves members Diane and Stephen Ciesinski.

LifeMoves is “committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness for families and individuals,” Ives said. He added that the money raised would go to support homeless military veterans in the Bay Area.

Ives joined former U.S. Navy Adm. Gary Roughead and army veteran Oatzinu She’e’la’ke’e’ as speakers at the fundraiser. Roughead served as chief of naval operations in the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, and She’e’la’ke’e’ is a veteran and Native American who transitioned from homelessness into stable housing with assistance from LifeMoves.

“They spoke about the critical need to assist military veterans who are homeless, many of whom are living with a variety of physical and psychological challenges,” Ives said. “Our veterans have given so much to all of us, and we are morally obligated to help them when they are in need.”

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