When he walked into the hotel ballroom, no one could see the scars.
It was the summer of 2011, and Alex Jaso was working as a volunteer at the fundraiser dinner for the Eli Home For Abused and Neglected Children. At 23, he was the picture of young success; he had just graduated from Cal State Fullerton with degrees in both finance and accounting.
He hadn’t announced himself, or told anyone else, why it was so important for him to volunteer for the Eli Home that night.
Jaso worked the front desk. He checked in guests, and showed potential donors to their tables. The Eli Home’s Caribbean-themed dinner raised more than $200,000 that night, and Jaso was happy to hear it.
As the evening wound down, Jaso was introduced to Eli Home’s executive director Lorri Galloway and assistant executive director Kim Tulleners.
At first, they didn’t recognize him.
But Jaso had…