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Julie Gill Shuffield talks to a family picking up a meal during Casa de Esperanza’s annual Mother’s Day Brunch on Saturday at The Refuge in Yuba City. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s fundraiser was organized as a drive-through event.

Casa de Esperanza’s annual Mother’s Day Brunch raised a total of approximately $5,860 during a drive-through pickup on Saturday at The Refuge in Yuba City.

Julie Gill Shuffield, president of the Casa de Esperanza Board of Directors, said 136 adult meals were successfully picked up during the four-hour window. There were also 19 kids’ meals and eight mimosa kits ordered and picked up by the community during the fundraiser.

All of the proceeds from the event will go toward helping keep the doors open at Casa de Esperanza, which helps aid victims of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and trafficking throughout the area.

“We are so grateful for our community,” Gill Shuffield said.

Gill Shuffield said she truly believes in the power of community-wide collaboration, owing a debt of gratitude to many organizations and nonprofits for their efforts to make the Yuba-Sutter area a safe place to live.

Gill Shuffield said Back the Bridge, one of Casa de Esperanza’s partners, purchased 15 meals during the fundraiser that were delivered to Sutter County Sheriff’s Office personnel who worked the fatal shooting that occurred in Yuba City last week.

Gill Shuffield said the meals were designed for everyone who worked on Thursday’s shift.

“We want to let them know that the community has their back,” Gill Shuffield said. “(It’s) a way to say thank you.”

Casa de Esperanza organizers are hopeful that next year’s fundraiser can return to a normal dine-in event.

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