The nonprofit organizations comprising the annual 12 Days of Giving fund-raising collaborative gathered to celebrate at Aroma Cellars in downtown Hollister on Jan. 24. This year’s holiday season fund-raiser generated more than $150,000 in contributions.
The non-profit organizations participating in the effort — Chamberlain’s Children Center, Community FoodBank, Court Appointed Special Advocates of San Benito, Emmaus House and Sun Street Centers — worked with sponsoring organizations to provide seed funds for the effort. In less than two weeks, Community FoodBank received more than $48,000 in contributions that will help sustain operations through 2019.
This was the seventh year of the collaborative fund-raising effort, and the most successful thus far. Sponsoring businesses and organizations pool funds along with United Way of San Benito County to provide startup funds before the campaign starts.
Sponsors each contribute $2,500, and supporting businesses and organizations pool funds at varying smaller amounts. This year, support was provided by Anderson Homes, Brent Redmond Transportation, Community Foundation for SBC, Earthbound Farm, Eden Housing, Graniterock, Pierce Real Estate, Recology, Rotary Club of Hollister, Teichert, Teknova, Tiffany Ford Motor Co., True Leaf, and Women’s Club of Hollister, and supported by American Casting Company, Central Ag Supply, Corbin, Greenwood Chevrolet, Heritage Bank, Morgan Stanley, State Farm, TMD Creative, Lois & Ronnie Alvarez and Valerie Smith. In-kind media support was provided by BenitoLink and Mission Village Voice.
Community Food Bank’s mission is to provide food, nutritional education and advocacy for our neighbors in need within San Benito County.