FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 11, 2013 –
The Yolo Community Foundation has named the West Sacramento Foundation as its “Philanthropist of the Year: in the county.
According to Meg Stallard, president of the board of Yolo Community Foundation:
“The West Sacramento Foundation, an all-volunteer organization, for the past 25 years has help enhance the quality of lives of children, teens, adults and senior citizens of West Sacramento. Since 1988 the Foundation has supported residents’ activities in the areas of health, sports, arts education and community organization. It really shows how effective giving can be when it is local and you are aware of the needs and programs of the local community.”
The Foundation raises money from a golf tournament and the “All Charities Raffle” to help other West Sacramento nonprofit groups.
The recognition event was held November 14 at the Erwin Meier Administration building in Woodland. All county nonprofits were invited to nominate people to be honored. Along with the West Sacramento Foundation, eleven Yolo County nonprofits recognized donors and volunteers.
The Mexican American Concilio of Yolo County recognized Dick Luna of deLuna’s Jewelers of Davis, who has donated the raffle’s grand prize for the past 13 years at the Annual Concilio Scholarship Fundraiser.
Yolo Food Bank honored Misbah Husain with a special award to recognize his extraordinary commitment to hunger relief in Yolo County.
The Sheriff’s Team of Active Retired Seniors (STARS), a nonprofit for volunteers ages 50 and above providing services that otherwise would not be available to Yolo County residents, honored Volunteer Commander Jim Haney. Haney has successfully reestablished and expanded the STARS program.
Yolo Reads, a program with Yolo County Library, recognized Darlene Coppersmith, who has volunteered for over two years and helped her client pass the citizenship test.
CommuniCare Health Center honored the contributions of the Hansen family in honor of their parents, Dr. Bob Hansen and Suzanne Hansen, who worked to promote a healthy community for all in Yolo County through their volunteerism, advocacy and philanthropy. Their children have continued their parent’s legacy.
Soroptimist International of Woodland (SIW) thanked Tom Vinci, owner and drummer of “Superlicious,” the areas Ultimate 80’s band, for helping the club raise $20,000 over the past few years for Soroptimist sponsored programs.
The Woodland Schools Foundation honored Christy Hayes, owner of Kitchen428 and Mojo’s Lounge, for supporting local nonprofits fundraising efforts.
Woodland Gymnastics honored Mr. LaQuard, who founded the program in 1972, with the mission of providing quality gymnastic training and activities for all youth in Yolo County and surrounding areas.
Ark Preschool recognized the substantial financial contribution by Yocha Dehe Community Fund over the past several years. Their contribution this year has provided books for the children and helped support the staff.
The Davis Art Center (DAC) honored Madeline Brattesani, who as a board member, treasurer and now as chair of the Finance Committee has worked on DAC’s major fundraiser, the annual Holiday Sale.
Capay Valley Vision recognized Sue Heitman, a founding member of CVV.
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