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Weekly distributes $70,000 in Holiday Fund donations

10 organizations share in 2013 campaign contributions

The Pleasanton Weekly and its partner Silicon Valley Community Foundation have distributed $70,000 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 its editor Jeb Bing joined Silicon Valley Community Foundation'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.

Added Channell-Allen: "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, Axis Community Health; Linda McKeever, Open Heart Kitchen; Susan Hayes, Pleasanton Partnerships in Education; Melanie Sadek, Valley Humane Society, and Denise Bouillerce, ValleyCare Health System.

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

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