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Amberly’s Place kicks off Week in Paradise fundraiser.

Amberly’s Place kicked off Week in Paradise, its largest fundraiser of the year, on Thursday during the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce “Good Morning, Yuma!” event.

The family advocate center uses the funds to help abuse victims with emergency needs.

This year’s drawing for 10 “paradise” vacation packages will take place on June 1, with an early-bird drawing taking place before the big drawing. Ticket holders do not need to be present to win.


A ticket is also good for entry to Waylon’s Water Park on the day of the drawing. One ticket per person will allow entry between 9-11 a.m. Once a person has entered, they will receive a bracelet so they may enjoy the water park and features all day. Entry will be on a first-come, first-served basis with a maximum capacity of 1,000 individuals.

Tickets are available for purchase online at

The family advocacy center is a nonprofit organization that provides services to victims of abuse in Yuma County and parts of Imperial County. In 2023, the center served 3,309 primary and secondary victims of abuse.

Primary victims are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, child abuse, both physical and sexual, and human sex trafficking. Secondary victims are those who witness and/or are directly impacted by the abuse of the primary victim.

“That means well over 3,000 people got some assistance at a time of their life that was pretty dark,” noted Executive Director Tori Bourguignon at the chamber event. “It also means that there’s a lot of that going on in our community. We saw a 25% jump in the total number of cases, and that’s unprecedented for us. That was the most victims that we’ve served in the history of Amberly’s Place.”

Bourguignon also expressed appreciation for the support that the center receives. “We want you to know how much we are grateful for all the support that we get in our community. We would not have the advocacy center that we have or be able to provide the services that we provide to our community if not for the steadfast support of the people in this room today and people across our community, who day in and day out, year after year, continue to support our organization and the work that we do,” she said.

“Week in Paradise is our largest fundraiser of the year. It is successful year over year because of our communities so thank you for buying those $10 tickets,” she added.


The following vacation prize packages are being offered this year:


7-day/6-night trip to Oahu, Hawaii, for 2 with hotel and airfare included, $500 travel money sponsored by Brian Butcher of Edward Jones; hairstyles for 2 by The Sassy Seale Hair Salon.


4-day/3-night stay with hotel for 4 and 2-day “Park Hopper” tickets for 4 (Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park on the same day), $400 travel money sponsored by Yuma Insurance.


Day of deep sea fishing for 4 from San Diego (first night aboard vessel, second night in San Diego), $200 travel money sponsored by Republic Services; $185 car detail by Express Auto, $250 auto service by Accurate Automotive.


3-day/2-night stay for 4 in Buena Park with hotel, 4 season passes to Knott’s Berry Farm (2025 Calendar Year), $300 travel money sponsored by Del Outdoor Advertising.


4-day/3-night stay for a family of 4 to San Diego, with rental home accommodation near Mission Beach, $300 travel money sponsored by 1st Bank Yuma.


3-day/2-night trip to Durango, Colorado, for 2 with hotel and airfare included, whitewater rafting on the Lower Animas River, sponsored by Cathy Nuetzi of State Farm.


3-day/2-night stay for 2 on the Las Vegas Strip, tickets for 2 shows of your choice, $250 travel money, sponsored by Pilkington Construction.


3-day/2-night stay for a family of 4 with hotel accommodation at Legoland Hotel (breakfast included) plus 2-day Legoland/Sea Life/Water Park Hopper Tickets sponsored by Avenir Financial.


3-day/2-night stay for family of 4 with hotel in Williams, Arizona, admission for 4 to Bearizona Wildlife Park, $250 travel money sponsored by Foothills Bank.


2-day/1-night stay for 4 in San Diego, $500 shopping money sponsored by Deason Garner & Hansen Law Firm; $185 car detail by Express Auto; $250 auto service by Accurate Automotive.


6 Bronze 2024 Season Passes to Waylon’s Water World sponsored by Waylon’s Water World, day at Z Fun Factory for 6 with dinner, go-karts, miniature golf, arcade games sponsored by Z Fun Factory; 6 active recovery or therapeutic massages by Myolab.

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