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Local Businesses Shared the Holiday Spirit

Bowles and Verna Holiday Fundraiser

We wanted to take a moment to thank businesses throughout Contra Costa and Solano for the many creative ways they raise money and awareness about the issue of hunger throughout the year.  Whether it is a portion of the proceeds for their goods or services, a grand-opening event, a special menu created just for us, having collection barrels for food donations, or sponsoring a special event, without their support it would be very difficult, if not impossible to maintain our mission and get nutritious food on the table for the many families, children and seniors that we serve.

In December there was an outpouring of giving through fundraisers and parties, for instance things were Rockin’ in San Ramon at Shboom night club!  Tan Angels of Walnut Creek and Shboom partnered to throw a party to raise money and food  for our food bank and receive toys for Toys for Tots.  The event was hosted by Wayne Coy of KKIQ, there was live music by bands Ruckatan and Caravanserai, a Santana tribute band, DJ Bene, Santa, games for kids, an auction and a grab bag of gifts and prizes.  Tan Angels and Shbooms definitely brought the ‘fun’ to their fundraiser and raised over $300.00 through donations!

Another great supporter of the Food Bank is Wood Group Field Services.  They invite friends and clients to join them on an annual Feed the Hungry Fishing Trip out of Berkeley harbor.  The hearty participants braved December’s blustery weather to take part in the festivities which included rock fishing and the opening of crab season (who doesn’t look forward to that?!).  Each fisherman could bring home up to 6 Dungeness crab and a sack full of fish!  To take part in this event Wood Group asked that everyone donate $10 in support of the Food Bank.  Now that’s dedication!

There were a wealth of holiday parties, where the spirit of giving and celebration went hand in hand.  We would like to thank Bowles and Verna  LLP for making us the beneficiary of their holiday party donations, as well as the employees and management at Brinderson professional services for energy, where managers personally matched employee  contributions. We would also like to thank Nan Brace and her Jazzercise group, Atria Living, and Western States Petroleum Association for asking everyone to bring a check to their holiday party, ready to donate!  We would also like to thank the Merry Mixers and Kathy Monthei, the CCC Bar Association Open House for their holiday donations and to Moffatt and Nichol who donated grocery store gift cards to us.

Every dollar raised provided two healthy meals for those in need during the holidays.  Thank you all for your amazing efforts to give back to your community!

Here’s the Scoop about Fentons and the Food Bank

Guest post by Ambassador Houston Robertson: I like second chances. Don’t you? I’m also fond of second scoops of ice cream. So, it’s hip hip hurrah for Fentons Creamery in Vacaville because they’ve chosen to benefit the Food Bank for a second month. In February, the Food Bank will receive 25% of the sales of Nuts About Toffee. This special sundae is listed on the menu as Myrtles Monthly Creation. If you didn’t get to Fentons in January for those generous scoops of the special Fluffernutter sundae, make sure you take advantage of this second chance to treat yourself, friends, and family and benefit the Food Bank at the same time. How about a Valentine date at Fentons? Spread the word.

 What a great community partner Fentons is! They will continue to have a Food Bank barrel for food donations in their lobby and I encourage you to come prepared to donate something. They also have a bucket for cash donations. Food Bank ambassadors will be tabling at Fentons on Saturdays from 11am – 3pm. I tabled there one Saturday in January. Fentons not only provides the table and chairs, they provide an exceptionally warm welcome to Food Bank ambassadors. Manager Keith Ortega saw us as “that special spark in getting the guests’ support”. His comprehensive view of our partnership is “a push to raise awareness and money for the Food Bank”.

Houston Robertson reporting.

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