Pleasanton Weekly distributes $80,940 to 10 Holiday Fund beneficiaries

Community praised for contributions in year that was still 'economically stressful'

The Pleasanton Weekly distributed checks totaling $80,940 Thursday to 10 nonprofits that are beneficiaries of the newspaper's 2014 Holiday Fund campaign.

Gina Channell-Allen, publisher of the Pleasanton Weekly, and Jeb Bing, its editor, were joined by Anubha Jain, manager, corporate responsibility at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, in distributing the checks at a luncheon meeting hosted by the Rotary Club of Pleasanton.

"We were especially pleased that the community contributed so generously to the Holiday Fund in a year that was still economically stressful and at a time when the needs of these organizations continued to grow," Channell-Allen said.

The organizations in the first tier of funding each received $12,141. They were Axis Community Health, whose representative was Valerie Jonas; Open Heart Kitchen, Linda McKeever; Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation, Susan Hayes; Valley Humane Society, Phil Vermont, and ValleyCare Health Charitable Foundation, Joyce and Bob Shapiro.

Five organizations in the second tier of funding each received $4,047.00. They were Agape Villages, represented by Jennifer Oxe; Hope Hospice, Victoria Emmons; Tri Valley REACH, Inc., Esther Becker; Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation, Debra Doble, and Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley, represented by Marlene Petersen.

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Posted by Carol
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 27, 2015 at 9:35 am

It was wonderful to be at the Downtown Rotary meeting yesterday, Seeing all the good the money raised will do. All very worthy non-profits!

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Posted by pleasanton was nice forty years ago
a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 27, 2015 at 9:52 am

non profits are for the most part a scam. How much do the people make who run these non profits. I would bet they are making an obscene salary. The Weekly should print the pay of anyone involved in a non profit. The people donating their time are saints the people who are making money should be ashamed. Lets see the numbers. print them pleasanton weekly. Print what the CEO of these non profits are pulling in.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Feb 27, 2015 at 10:43 am

All their pay is disclosed online if you'd care to look, but that would take effort. It is easier to fume while draped in the cloth of someone who says they are a longtime resident, although you appear to be a poor ambassador for the group of us. You'll find on average they make much less than their options in the for profit world.

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Posted by Jennifer
a resident of Canyon Meadows
on Mar 6, 2015 at 8:38 am

Yes, it's true, Bill. I work for a local non-profit and with a Master's Degree in my field make **considerably** less than for-profit employees. I also get no benefits... BUT, I LOVE what I do. It makes up for it much of the time!

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Posted by pleasanton was nice forty years ago
a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 7, 2015 at 9:29 am

@ Bill, making assumptions incorrectly i might add does not answer the question, as you put it simple to find with a little effort. I am not nor do i wish to be an ambassador to pleasanton. Point one. Your insinuation that i have not been a local resident for over 45 years is insulting. Point Two. I would argue these people could not get the private sector job and took what they could get. Alot of high school football coaches do not coach in the NFL. is it becouse they are not qualified or their are not enough openings. Or is it simply they want to help out the kids. Forget the big money i just want to help the poor. Maybe but maybe not.
It would be nice if the pw would print the pay to the nonprofits and the amount actually donated. So if its so simple dont waste your time on comments toward me and print the info here. You got the ball lets see what you do with it. Numbers or obfuscation. Jennifer who do you work for and how much do you make?

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Posted by The Unknown Pleasantonian
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 10, 2015 at 1:12 pm

I couldn't tell you if Pleasanton was nice 40 years ago but apparently at least one blowhard has stuck around that long. Hey you kids get off my lawn!!!!

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Posted by pleasanton was nice forty years ago
a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 15, 2015 at 8:41 am

@ unknown. You really should not yell at kids to get off your lawn you can ask they nicely if you are the type of person who does not like kids. Secondly you should not be so hard on your self just because your a moron does not make you a blow hard. So why did you move to pleasanton. Because old timers like us developed a nice town that everyone wants to live in. YOUR WELCOME!
Still have not seen any numbers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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