The largest fundraiser for the Taylor Family Foundation, Day in the Park, which was scheduled for August, has been postponed.
In past years, several restaurants would offer free food and auction packages to support the organization that serves Northern California children with life-threatening and chronic diseases, developmental disabilities and at-risk youth. Other past supporters include local and regional wineries and chefs. TTFF president Elaine Taylor said 14 participating restaurants have gone out of business since the last Day in the Park.
"We trying to be respectful and considerate as well as grateful," Taylor said. "We had a good year last year. We will stretch those dollars and be really careful."
They realize the next 15 to 20 months, at least, will be challenging for them as well. Taylor also reports that they have had to reduce staff in order to not reduce any of the program offerings. Buying two years worth of T-shirts last year has saved her for this year, as well as searching for more affordable prices for camp staples like ice cream.
Since it was founded in 1990, the Taylor Family Foundation continues to see a strong demand for its offerings. Camp Arroyo started in 2000, in partnership with the East Bay Regional Park District, which takes place over the summer and is co-operated by the YMCA of the East Bay. The demand has even led them to start a new camp this year.
"Our camp calendar is booked through 2011," Taylor said. "We will make it possible for the nearly 3,000 campers who will attend camp this year to experience the magic that camp has to offer."
The next Day in the Park will be scheduled for Aug. 30, 2010, which marks the double anniversary of TTFF and its Camp Arroyo.
Anyone wishing to donate to the organization or to sponsor a camper can visit www.ttff.org or call the offices at 575-1640.
"Anyone is welcome to call and chat with us to hear what we're doing and why," Taylor added. "We have a lot of ideas of thinking outside the box to raise money."
TTFF names new executive director
Angie Carmignani was recently named the executive director of The Taylor Family Foundation. In this new role, she will lead and support the foundation in all organizational management, community awareness, camp program development and continuation of successful fundraising.
Elaine Taylor said Carmignani has been a "vital part" of the foundation's success for over seven years and has good standing with the community.
"Her dedication to the children comes above all and has proven her ability to accomplish projects and goals that will benefit our mission," Taylor said.
Carmignani is a Bay Area native who started her management experience in her 10 years at A.G. Ferarri Foods. She has also helped in the development and management of TTFF's Camp Arroyo construction, maintenance, financials, legal documentation, office management, event coordination, and community and vendor relations.