Thanks for giving to the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund

Annual fundraising campaign nets $71,000+ in donations for 2014

Friday marked the close of the Pleasanton Weekly 2014 Holiday Fund, and it's also a time to say thank you to the 335 contributors whose donations totaled $71,410.

Your contributions will be split among 10 beneficiaries with checks to be presented on Feb. 26 at a luncheon meeting hosted by the Rotary Club of Pleasanton.

Again in this campaign, the Weekly partnered with Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF), which handled all finances related to the Holiday Fund. This allowed 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.

Also again, the Pleasanton Weekly and SVCF handled all costs of the campaign. That means that every dollar will go directly to the 10 nonprofits with no administrative expenses.

Contributions to the 2014 Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund will be distributed in two tiers, with 75% of all dollars raised going to Axis Community Health, Open Heart Kitchen, Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation, Valley Humane Society and ValleyCare Health System.

Another 25% of the contributions will go to Agape Villages Foster Family Agency, Hope Hospice, REACH, Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation and Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley.

These nonprofits need financial help. Even with a much-improved economy, they all are faced with increases in the numbers they serve.

Axis, which is the Tri-Valley's sole provider of medical and mental health services for individuals and families who have a low income or who are uninsured, will serve more than 14,000 residents this year. Its variety of services include medical care for children, adults and seniors, prenatal care and women's health services, mental health counseling, drug and alcohol recovery services, and a WIC nutrition program.

Open Heart Kitchen served nearly 300,000 meals last year with a growing need that caused the organization to increase its programs, adding longer hours and additional sites to its hot meal programs.

Donations from the Holiday Fund will help the PPIE Foundation achieve its goals in contributing to the needs of Pleasanton students and educators.

Valley Humane Society will use the financial assistance from the Holiday Fund to support its Canine Comfort therapeutic pet visitations for those in need of healing and Paws to Read sessions at local libraries that help early readers improve their skills and humane education.

Contributions from the Holiday Fund will support ValleyCare's specialized health services, including its breast cancer program.

Hope Hospice, another beneficiary, plans to use Holiday Fund contributions to support its work with families as they chart their path while dealing with a loved one's final journey. The organization serves patients and families in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore, Alamo, Blackhawk, Castro Valley, Diablo, Danville, San Ramon, Sunol and surrounding communities in the East Bay.

Also slated to receive funds from the 2014 Holiday Fund campaign is REACH, an acronym for Resources Education Activities Community and Housing for special-needs adults of the Tri-Valley. The group's goal is to provide safe, quality living environments where residents learn self efficiency and live with dignity and respect.

Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation, which provides cancer patients with the benefit of complementary therapies to help alleviate the side effects caused by radiation and chemotherapy, is supported entirely by generous donations, including those from the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund.

Also benefiting from the 2014 Fund is the Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley, an independent, nonprofit agency serving seniors over 60 in the cities of Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and Sunol. Established in 1981 to serve 35 seniors, it now provides assistance to more than 5,600 seniors in the Tri-Valley area.

Holiday Fund donations also will help Agape Villages, a foster family agency that provides safe and loving foster homes throughout the Tri-Valley for children who have been abused and neglected. Since its inception in 1958, it has provided foster care services to about 6,000 children.

Again, thanks for donating to the 2014 Holiday Fund. Through your help, these organizations will be better able to meet the needs of our community in this new year of public service

Pleasanton Weekly staff.

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