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Good news on the Weekly's Holiday Fund

Uploaded: Dec 30, 2017
The good news is that as of Friday, we have passed the $55,000 mark in contributions to the Pleasanton Weekly's 2017 Holiday Fund.

That's a welcome achievement at a time when public contributions to charities and nonprofits are being stretched to the limit across the country, a concern stemming from the many added fundraisers this year for hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico and fire relief for those whose homes have been destroyed by fires in Northern and Southern California.

We appreciate the several hundred Holiday Fund donors who have given $25, $100, $500, $1,500, and more, including one donation of $5,000 and another of $10,000 from an individual who prefers to remain anonymous.

And there's more good news. It's not too late to donate to the Holiday Fund during this season of giving and in time to help the 12 nonprofits during the coming year that the 2017 campaign is supporting.

Again this year, the Weekly is partnering with Silicon Valley Community Foundation, which is handling all finances related to the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund. This allows donors to take advantage of a tax deduction for the dollars they contribute through the foundation's 501(c)(3) status to the fullest extent of the law, but your contributions must be made by this Sunday in order to qualify as 2017 charitable donations.

Contributions made by Jan. 12 -- when the current campaign ends -- will qualify for whatever the new 2018 tax laws allow.

Donations will be split between two tiers among our 12 recipients.
In Tier 1, recipients will share equally in 50% of total 2017 Holiday Fund receipts. They are:

* Axis Community Health
* Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation
* Valley Humane Society
* ValleyCare Charitable Foundation

Tier 2 recipients will share equally in 50% of total 2017 Holiday Fund receipts. They are:

* Agape Villages Foster Family Agency
* Hope Hospice
* Open Heart Kitchen
* REACH for Special Adults of the Tri-Valley
* Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation
* Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley
* Sunflower Hill
* Tri-Valley YMCA

These organizations will need increased financial support in 2018 to meet a growing number of those in need.

Take Axis Community Health, for one. This Pleasanton-based community health center serves more than 14,000 Tri-Valley residents with primary medical care for all ages, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and a supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children (WIC). More than 20% of Axis patients are now children under the age of 18.

"Holiday Fund support is a vital part of Axis' budget," said Sue Compton, Axis CEO.

Another beneficiary -- the Tri-Valley YMCA, also based in Pleasanton -- offers programs that include before- and after-school childcare, preschool, summer day camp, a statewide Youth & Government Program with more than 3,000 high school delegates, Adventure Guides for fathers and their children, service learning projects and a variety of mental and behavioral health care services.

"The funds from the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund will be used to expand the mental health and case management services that are run out of our Family Wellness Center at the Y's Pleasanton facility," said Kenny Altenburg, branch operations director.

For more information on the 2017 Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund, including how to contribute, check out our Holiday Fund donation listing at www.pleasantonweekly.com/

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