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News - December 13, 2013

Charities thank Realtors for Holiday Fund help

Valley real estate group contributes each year to Pleasanton Weekly campaign

by Jeb Bing

Representatives of seven of the nonprofit organizations that stand to benefit from donations to the Pleasanton Weekly's 2013 Holiday Fund thanked Realtors and associates last Friday for contributing to the campaign.

Melanie Sadek, executive director of the Valley Humane Society, said that while donations primarily support animal rescue, VHS also provides assistance to people caring for their own pets, including the soothing support therapy dogs offer shut-ins.

Linda McKeever, executive director of Open Heart Kitchen, said contributions raised by the Holiday Fund will help her organization serve more than 200,000 meals in its current fiscal year. Open Heart, which serves meals in Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore, has seen a 25% increase in demand for free meals, far greater than the pace of donations directly to the organization.

Axis Community Health, which is the Tri-Valley's sole provider of medical care for the area's neediest families who do not have health insurance, will use Holiday Fund contributions to serve the needs of more than 14,000 Tri-Valley residents it expects to register this year, said Kitty Harvey of Axis.

Marlene Petersen, director of the Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley, said the independent, nonprofit agency serves seniors over 60 in the cities of Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and Sunol. Holiday Fund contributions will enable the organization to call on the 1,600 seniors in the Tri-Valley area, along with providing about 5,000 information and referral calls and visits.

Also appreciative of Holiday Fund contributions is the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation. Its director, Susan Hayes, told the real estate group that its goal is to raise funds in order to protect programs threatened by state budget cuts, relying on the generous support of the extended community, including the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund.

Another recipient of Holiday Fund contributions is the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation. Board members Donna Garrison and Kim Ott said the organization helps provide cancer patients with the benefit of complementary therapies to alleviate the side effects caused by radiation and chemotherapy. The group is supported entirely by donations, including those from the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund, they said.


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