ShelterBox USA: An Evening to Experience

By Paul Vercammen   |   September 19, 2023
Kerri Murray, President of ShelterBox USA, with Kerrilee and Martin Gore of Depeche Mode, and Kalo Gore (photo by Isaac Hernandez)

More than 200 do-gooders from all over America took part in a spectacular sunset and heartwarming stories at the ShelterBox USA Evening to Experience benefit on Thursday, September 7. Attendees at the UC investments campus, the former QAD campus, heard how ShelterBox is currently providing emergency shelter and vital humanitarian aid in some of the world’s worst disaster and conflict zones, including Ukraine, Chad, Syria, Pakistan, and more. ShelterBox currently has an assessment team deployed to Morocco to see how the relief organization can help after the devastating earthquake, which displaced tens of thousands last Friday. The host for the evening was News Director Lance Orozco from KCLU radio, NPR on the Central Coast.

Awards Recipients

Longtime volunteer and supporter Helga Morris, who was also a refugee as a child, received the 2023 humanitarian impact award from ShelterBox. The community partner award for 2023 was awarded to UC Investments.

The Evening to Experience ShelterBox raised over $250,000 for the organization’s emergency shelter projects. Notable supporters included Martin Gore, who recently returned home for a mini break from his worldwide tour with Depeche Mode, his wife, Kerrilee Gore, and son, Kalo Gore. Also attending were Marla McNally Phillips, Peter and Talia Melnick, Rand Rosenberg, and his wife, Teran Davis.  


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