Last week, 10 local nonprofit organizations that serve the residents in the Tri-Valley received checks from the annual Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund, which this year raised a total of $72,156.
Oftentimes the people who work behind the scenes at these nonprofits do so without fanfare.
So it is with the man who has worked behind the scenes of the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund for 16 campaigns -- until last week, when he was finally and formally thanked for being the driving force behind the Fund and behind the Pleasanton Weekly.
Jeb Bing is well known in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley because of his work at the Pleasanton Weekly. Recently retired from his post as editor of the Weekly, Jeb now serves in the capacity of editor emeritus.
If it weren't for Jeb, the Holiday Fund would not be the robust campaign people look forward to every year. If it weren't for Jeb, the Pleasanton Weekly would definitely not be what it is today. As the founding editor for the Weekly, Jeb set the tone for what the paper is today -- a community newspaper with a mission of providing high-quality journalism and lively community interaction.
As a surprise at the end of the Holiday Fund check presentation at the Rotary Club of Pleasanton's meeting Feb. 23, Jeb was presented with commendations for his years of work and accomplishments on behalf of State Senator Steve Glazer, Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley and the city of Pleasanton.
Jeb is the quintessential, old-school newsman and we -- the Pleasanton Weekly staff, readers of the Pleasanton Weekly and PleasantonWeekly.com, and residents of the Tri-Valley -- are fortunate for everything he has created and nurtured.
After a few words from Jeb and a round of applause, the Rotarians and their guests sang "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow." Fitting song, and we agree.