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2021 Magical Memories Gala

Las Posas Country Club • Camarillo, CA
October 16, 2021 • 5:00pm

The 19th Annual Fundraiser Supporting the Programs of the Brain Injury Center of Ventura County.

Details About the Event

2020 and 2021 have changed our lives in so many ways. Many of the Brain Injury Center's programs had to be reworked or postponed, but we have been working hard to stay connected to people impacted by brain injury in Ventura County. Our support groups switched to a virtual format with weekly meetings for brain injury survivors and twice a month meetings for family members/caregivers. Our care transitions, mental health, and individual support services switched to virtual/telephone based. We held several online workshops on topics related to brain injury and recently added monthly socialization opportunities.

We are thrilled to announce that our annual fundraiser gala, An Evening of Magical Memories, will be held in-person this year at Las Posas Country Club in Camarillo, on the evening of Saturday, October 16th, 2021. We hope you and your loved ones can join us for a memorable evening filled with priceless auction items, gourmet dinner, inspirational music, and lots of joy and laughter. This annual fundraiser is vital to maintaining our services at the Brain Injury Center.

Photo of Dotti Oliver and her husband having wine together.

This year, we are proud to honor Dotti Oliver as our Community Member of the Year and Yvonne M. Serros as our Survivor of the Year. Please join us in celebrating these two incredible women.

A life-long resident of Ventura County, Dotti was born and raised in the City of Ventura and attended Ventura public schools. She was a member of the first class to attend Buena High School and continues to be active with her classmates.

Dotti has been a professional Travel Consultant since 1990, specializing in international, group and corporate travel. She previously served as Claims Manager for Allstate Insurance Company for the Ventura-Santa Barbara-San Luis Obispo Tri-Counties region; operated a medical billing service; and owned and operated Kidstown, a Santa Barbara amusement center for children and their parents.

Dotti and her late husband Tim, a community college administrator, have been homeowners in Camarillo since 2000. Their love of travel and each other filled their lives with happiness and adventure. Dotti loves spending time with her friends, four adult children and seven grandchildren. She looks forward to the day she can travel again safely, spending time in some of her favorite places around the world.

Dotti has served on the boards, committees and in leadership positions for several Ventura County non-profit and higher education organizations including the Ventura County chapters of the American Heart Association (President); Boys and Girls Club; Girl Scouts; the Brain Injury Center; California State University, Channel Islands and The Local Love Project.

Dotti takes great pleasure in helping these organizations organize their annual fund raisers and special events including their gala's, silent and live auctions, and programs to honor leaders in our Ventura County community. As a result, her efforts - along with the hard work of dozens of fellow volunteers – have resulted in raising more than $2,000,000 for these most worthy causes.

Dotti's biggest passion is her family and giving back to the community.

Photo of Dotti Oliver and her husband having wine together.

Yvonne was born in Oxnard at Saint John's Hospital in 1960. She grew up in La Colonia and Rio Mesa with her sister Michele, her mother Beatrice and father George.

In 1978 Yvonne graduated from Rio Mesa High School and then attended Ventura City College. Yvonne has worked for the County of Ventura Sheriff's Department and as a local sales representative for Ithaca Industries, at textile manufacturer, located in North Carolina.

On January 1, 2010 Yvonne suffered a brain bleed while at home and was rushed to St John's Hospital for surgery. Her Traumatic Brain Injury required five months of rehabilitation at Saint John's and Casa Colina in Pomona CA.

Since her rehabilitation, Yvonne has made great strides in her personnel life which include being an eleven-year active member in the Camarillo Brain Injury Support Group, has relearned to drive and attends many Yoga, Zuma and Silver Sneaker classes at the YMCA. Yvonne resides in Somis CA with her husband Tim and a new Black Labrador puppy named Charlie.

You can help keep our services to brain injury survivors and their family members/caregivers flourishing by:

  • BECOMING A SPONSOR: Receive tickets to the event, advertisement in the event program, event signage, and recognition and appreciation
  • ATTENDING THE EVENT: Purchase tickets for you and your friends and family for an unforgettable evening
  • DONATING: Even if you can't attend the event, please consider making a monetary contribution; there is also the option to sponsor a ticket for a brain injury survivor or family member to be able to attend the event

Your Health & Safety Are Our Priority

By entering this event, you voluntarily assume the risk that you may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19. It is the sole responsibility of the event patrons, parent/guardian of minors, vendors, performers, volunteers, sponsors, and all people entering the venue to understand the potential risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 at the event.

To help mitigate the possible spread of COVID-19, guests are asked to wear masks indoors when not actively eating or drinking and practice social distancing whenever possible, regardless of vaccination status. The Brain Injury Center is following all current Ventura County Public Health Guidelines. The Brain Injury Center reserves the right to change/update the event requirements, up until the day of the event, for the safety of the guests.

We ask guests to not attend if any of the following is true for you or anyone in your party:

  • Within 14 days before attending the event you tested positive, or have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19
  • Within 48 hours prior to attending the event, you have experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
  • Within 14 days prior to attending the event, you have traveled to any international territory identified by federal or applicable state or local governments as being subject to travel or quarantine advisories due to COVID-19.

Thank you for your commitment to supporting brain injury survivors and their family/caregivers in our community!