North County’s Community Resource Center (CRC) celebrated its 40th anniversary with a disco-themed Birthday Bash at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in October, drawing 200 attendees and raising $200,000 in vital funding to provide food, shelter, and safety for San Diego’s most vulnerable children and families.

In celebration of CRC’s founding in 1979, guests wore groovy disco attire and enjoyed music by DJ Loczi. The program, supported by emcee and auctioneer Darren Diess, honored three Champions of the Cause who have made an impact on CRC’s efforts over the past 40 years: Evelyn Weidner, former board member and a decades-long CRC supporter; Laurin Pause, former executive director; and Shea Homes, the builder of Carol’s House, CRC’s domestic violence emergency shelter. Guests also heard Miss West Coast United States Joanna Trailov share her story as a survivor of domestic violence.

CRC provides a full spectrum of programs for those experiencing domestic violence, hunger, and homelessness. Learn more at