Founder, Jeanne Pritzker speaks about why she thinks foster care counts for everyone
In May 2008, with her eldest child’s bar mitzvah a week away, Jeanne Pritzker and her friend Debra Katler-Kupetz came up with a way to get extra value from all that would be set up at her home for her family’s Saturday night celebration. The next day was Mother’s Day – why not invite a group of deserving mothers – foster mothers — and throw a party in their honor? What started as a small celebration with a few dozen foster families has grown into a major annual event serving hundreds of families and supported by hundreds of volunteers. Haircuts in the driveway, light refreshments, and music evolved into professional hairstylists from Paul Mitchell and food for everyone from Wolfgang Puck Catering and Nestle.
As the community of dedicated volunteers and corporate partners grew each year, so did their awareness of the needs of foster youth and their collective desire to do more to help throughout the year. However, how to help and what to do seemed unclear, complicated and typically deterred people from getting involved.
In 2012, Jeanne and Tony Pritzker, along with a group of friends, founded Foster Care Counts, with the goal of helping match those volunteers looking to help foster families with those who needed their support – and to raise funds to support the many non-profit organizations in Los Angeles doing important work in support of foster youth and families.