Pleasanton Weekly

News - February 28, 2014

Weekly distributes 2013 Holiday Fund contributions

10 local organizations share in $75,000 in donations

The Pleasanton Weekly and its partner, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, have distributed $75,000 to 10 Tri-Valley nonprofits, which were recipients of the Weekly's 2013 Holiday Fund.

The checks were given to representatives of the 10 organizations at a luncheon event hosted by the Rotary Club of Pleasanton.

Gina Channell-Allen, president and publisher of the Pleasanton Weekly, and Editor Jeb Bing joined SVCF's Milton Speid in distributing the checks.

As before, the Pleasanton Weekly and SVCF handled all costs of the campaign so that every dollar contributed went directly to this year's beneficiaries.

A total of 75% of all dollars raised was given in equal amounts to organizations in the first tier of the fund's grant, totaling $11,250 each to Axis Community Health, Open Heart Kitchen, Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation, Valley Humane Society and the ValleyCare Health System Foundation.

Another 25%, totaling $3,750 each, was given to organizations in the second tier. These were Hope Hospice, Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council, REACH, Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation and Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley.

"It was a robust campaign as we carried our message about the Holiday Fund to the Pleasanton City Council, service clubs, real estate organizations, business groups and in interviews and public service announcements on Tri-Valley Television, our community public broadcast system," Bing said.

Channell-Allen added, "Despite a modest economic recovery in the Tri-Valley, the agencies we targeted for assistance found that they had fewer dollars coming in from their regular donors in 2013 because of ongoing financial, employment and health care challenges and uncertainties, yet were faced with more to serve, numbers that are already rising in 2014."

Those receiving Pleasanton Weekly 2013 Holiday Fund checks at the Rotary Club event and the organizations they represented were Kitty Harvey of Axis Community Health, Linda McKeever of Open Heart Kitchen, Susan Hayes of Pleasanton Partnerships in Education, Melanie Sadek of Valley Humane Society, and Denise Bouillerce of ValleyCare Health System.

Also receiving Pleasanton Weekly 2013 Holiday Fund checks and their organizations were Victoria Emmons of Hope Hospice, Rebecca Bruner of Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council, Brian Gentry of REACH, Sandra J. Wing of Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation, and Marlene Petersen of Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley.

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