Christmas event raises at least $17K

From left to right: West Sacramento Foundation board members Maria Simas and Barbara Moore, George Carpenter of the Thomas P. Winn Foundation, and board members Kelly Rochester Garrett, Jennifer Engstrom. (News-Ledger photo)



By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Last year’s “Hope Stocking Event” raised about $17,000 for local causes.

“This year, we expect the total to be even higher,” reports chairperson Maria Simas, vice president of the West Sacramento Foundation.

The Foundation hosted the event, which collected donations and sponsorships, and then hosted a $30-per plate food and wine event last Thursday evening at Club Pheasant restaurant in Southport. About 90 guests attended the soiree, amid holiday decorations and apparent good cheer in the restaurant banquet room.

Contributions included a substantial donation from the Thomas P. Winn Foundation, represented by George Carpenter. He, like some other contributors, was requesting privacy about the exact amount of the contribution, said Simas.

The money raised will go into the coffers of the West Sacramento Foundation, which in term plays a role in supporting other nonprofits with programs that serve the town.

“The money goes directly into the grants program,” Simas told the News-Ledger. “We give out several dozen grants each year.”

Some of last year’s recipients of grants from the West Sacramento Foundation include local youth sports programs, Food Bank operations, the teen center, the elderly nutrition program, health service providers and more.

  How is fundraising for the Foundation doing as the city and nation climb out of a deep recession?

“I would say we are very fortunate to gather both business and personal support for our foundation, and to continue to serve the community,” said Simas. “We continue to be very appreciative of the support we receive.”

The Foundation’s other annual fundraisers include the All Charities Raffle and the 444 Golf Tournament.

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