Service in Action – FUNdraiser for Venezuela [with Photos]

By Gaby Grigorescu
Photos by Doren Sorell


I am very happy to share with you about a beautiful activity that took place on Sunday, October 28 at 2:30 p.m., and that arose from an idea that Skyler Patton had through the Heartfelt Foundation to raise funds for Venezuela. So it was that Vanessa Zoghbi and I joined together with Skyler to make this event since we are both Venezuelan. The idea was to collect funds for Hogar Bambi, SenosAyuda, San Francisco de Asís Animal Shelter and San Juan de Dios Hospital, all Venezuelan non-profit organizations that suffer the consequences of a financial crisis where there is a shortage of food, medicines, personal hygiene products, among others.

The idea was to have a Venezuelan afternoon at the Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens along with the support and presence of Ros Cachitos, Mathy’s Shop, Helping Children in Venezuela, De Provincia, DJ Victor X, 3 For Rent, David Whitaker’s Pottery, Splash the Ink, Moccian, and Golden Studio. All are Venezuelan talents who wanted to join this beautiful cause.

We started the activity with a meditation in the labyrinth where we asked for peace for Venezuela, then our guests enjoyed live music by Venezuelan musicians, food, and desserts from my country, and we finished the event with the raffle of incredible prizes. The energy that was present was a mix of joy, solidarity, spontaneity, brotherhood, service, love, and peace. In particular, it was incredible to be able to see a group of people united by the same cause and know that we are all one.

I also want to thank the volunteers who supported us that afternoon with our activity. Without you, it would not have been possible to hold the event. Infinite thanks to Elizabeth Baralt, Galia Corie, Alexander Gonzalez, Omar Gutiérrez, Héctor Ojeda, Nélida Chávez, Lizet González, Ned O’Neill, David Jaramillo, Angela Parkes, Vanessa Zoghbi and Skyler Patton, you were our little angels that afternoon. I also want to thank Susan Valaskovic, Paul Kaye, Mark Lurie, Vincent Dupont, for the support they gave us to fundraise for Venezuela.

We set the goal of raising $2,500, but thanks to the generosity and kindness of the Venezuelan and MSIA community we managed to reach $7,721! Thanks to this, the organizations will receive more resources. Thank you again! I feel happy and blessed to have exceeded the goal thanks to the generosity of so many people.

Hopefully, we can organize more events like this where we can support those who are in need. It is nice to be able to serve and support other communities. Thanks to our beloved John Morton for his unconditional Love, and Light.

God bless us all and fill us with blessings!

Photos by Doren Sorell

Gaby Grigorescu
Photos by Doren Sorell

Service in Action Fundraiser

Fundraiser organizers: Vanessa Zoghbi, Skyler Patton, Gaby Grigorescu

Fundraiser organizers: Vanessa Zoghbi, Skyler Patton, Gaby Grigorescu

Peace Awareness Labyrinth & Gardens is partnering with the Heartfelt Foundation to aid causes in Venezuela that serve those desperately in need.

Why Venezuela?

If you've been following the news, you'll have heard of the hardships befallen Venezuelans. Food is scarce. Families wait hours in line or pick at rotten meat in order to eat. Hospitals and orphanages do not have medicines or basic supplies. Family pets are being abandoned because their owners cannot care for them and are starving in the streets.

Can we help and make an impact? Yes, we can!

Ways to Support: 

♥ Donate "In Kind Goods" & drop off at Peace Awareness Labyrinth & Gardens (PAL&G) by October 30th. (See a list of goods below.)

♥ Monetary donations can be made here (select HeartFelt Foundation).

In-Kind Donations We're Collecting:

(Drop off by October 30th at:
PAL&G, 3500 West Adams Bl., Los Angeles, CA 90018)

-Baby formula
-White crew socks (kids)
-Underwear for boys and girls (ages 4-12)
-Dog and cat food
-Dewormers for animals
-Non-perishable food items
-Vitamins (multivitamin, B complex and iron)
-Baby bottles

Who Are We Serving?

Proceeds from this event will go to: 

Bambi House
Provides holistic and nurturing care to more than 125 children and youth between 0 and 18 years of age who are not able to live with their families, separated from their family environment due to abuse, mistreatment or economic hardship.

 San Juan De Dios Hospital
Offers medical attention in integral health, especially to children of lower economic resources, manifesting the charisma of mercy and hospitality.

Senos Ayuda
Fights against breast cancer through activities of information and early detection; networking with groups dedicated to the same cause, as well as guidance and emotional support to patients and family members.

San Francisco De Asis Animal Shelter
A foundation that has been helping and protecting over 100 animals at risk for 30 years in Coro State Venezuela.


You can contact Skyler Patton for questions: 323-328-1925 |