Crittenton’s Mystery Night 2016 Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Celebration

Crittenton’s Mystery Night 2016 Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Celebration

It was the most attended Mystery Night event in Crittenton Services for Children and Families (CSCF) history! Nearly 200 guests attended this year’s Mystery Night an event that is one of Crittenton’s most engaging fundraisers.

Even the Crittenton staff managing the Mystery Night set-up was pleasantly surprised of our final attendance rate and the interest we got in attending the fundraiser from the local community.

“Despite the great turn-out and the unbelievable community support we were witness to on Sunday night we, however, must admit it’s a little bitter sweet,” said Martha Jasso, Crittenton’s Communications Director, “This will be the last time we will be hosting Mystery Night after a nearly 20-year run, but we will continue to develop new community engagement events to continue to build a rapport with our local community. And most importantly we plan to continue to engage community members in order to bring continued awareness of volunteer, donor and advocacy needs when one’s mission is to serve and protect the most vulnerable system-involved youth and families.”

Both the event ticket sales and silent auction proceeds will tremendously benefit the well-being of the youth in our care. All funding that was successfully raised at Mystery Night will go towards helping the teen girls placed in Crittenton’s InSight Program. This short-term residential treatment program, which is highly regarded throughout the state of California, has helped young victims of commercial sexual exploitation or human trafficking cope with the aftermath of such horrific violence.

The highlights of this cause driven event included the collective cheer at the end of Mystery Night when the community helped honor those that made this event possible. Among the many that have kept their word as a Crittenton supporter is local business owner and restaurateur, Cynthia Peck, who graciously allows Crittenton to host our fundraisers at local Fullerton, Calif. hotspot Angelo’s & Vinci’s Ristorante.

A special tribute was also given to the entire acting troupe and theater director who year after year volunteered their writing and acting talents towards raising funds for Crittenton’s mental health treatment programming.

However, the most emotional part of the night was when Crittenton’s CEO, Joyce Capelle, expressed a deep sense of gratitude towards Lynda Scarlino, the actor, playing the lead detective at Mystery Night as well as Marilyn Salzman, Crittenton’s Development Director.

Both Lynda and Marilyn have dedicated 30-plus years of service respectively in helping to move Crittenton’s mission forward. Their legacy and the positive impact they’ve had on the lives of our youth and families can’t be replaced. They are both set to retire in June of 2016.

For those that were not able to attend Crittenton’s Mystery Night 2016 did you know that you can still help us in so many ways?

Crittenton’s 50th Anniversary celebration is this year and did you know that you can make a difference in the lives of children that have experienced complex emotional trauma; or help young people aging out of the foster care system beat the odds of future system-involvement; or even help families who struggle with assisting family members cope with mental health issues.

You might be asking how exactly can I do this? Connect with us and find out!

Whether you want to start a volunteer auxiliary, or encourage your company to donate for a good cause, or simply using your social media to advocate or spread the word about Crittenton’s mission these are just some of the suggestions of how you can start to build a relationship with our organization.

We would love for you to join us in celebrating our 50th Anniversary, and all you need to do to start celebrating is by connecting with us today!

Mystery Night 2016


Crittenton Services for Children and Families of Southern California (CSCF) is a non-profit social services agency whose mission is to heal the wounds of abuse and neglect; strengthen families; and help troubled adolescents reach their full potential. Established and incorporated in 1966 Crittenton has a highly trained workforce operating 24 hours a day / 7 days a week providing comprehensive counseling, behavioral health services, and other support services to the clients in our care. We provide a full array of residential, in-home, community based, wraparound family services, mental health services, foster care, and transitional age youth services with a service planning area throughout Southern California that covers Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego Counties.

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