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  • October 08, 2016 6:28 AM | Shelbi Hoffman (Administrator)

    San Rafael, CA, September 28th, 2016 –Marin’s premier giving circle, 100+ People Who Care: Marin County (100MARIN), shut down a block of A St. in downtown San Rafael on Wednesday, September 28th, from 6-8PM for the fourth of its fundraising events.    

    With over 300 attendees and 400 total givers, 100MARIN’s top award of $40,000 went to Marin City Health & Wellness Center, a program dedicated to health equality for African American communities.

    “We need as much help as we can get to change the world,” said Zared Lloyd, Program Director of the Center’s Defenders program, a leadership development initiative for teenage boys. “Thank you to 100MARIN for doing your part and doing what you can.  It means the world to our youth.”

    The event was hosted by CORE, a local group of business professionals, the members of which have a shared passion for Marin County and its non-profit community. 

    The evening’s marquee sponsor was Michael Caldwell of the Caldwell Law Firm. 

    CORE CEO Nina Gardner had the following to say:

    “It was a fantastic evening for our nonprofit nominees and for the Marin community at large.  The turnout was terrific, the setting was magical, the food and wine were divine, and the presentations were nothing short of inspirational.”

    The presenting non-profits were as follow:

    • Animals/Environment: Marin Humane Society
    • Health/Human Services: Marin City Health & Wellness Center
    • Arts/Culture/Humanities: Enriching Lives through Music
    • Children/Education: Beyond Differences
    • Public Benefit: Ceres Community Project

    And through the generosity of the following additional sponsors, each of the 4 runners up was awarded $1,000:

    • PRANDI Property Management
    • Presidio Bank
    • Anspach Financial Group
    • Filice Insurance
    • Portico Wealth Advisors
    • Michael and Andrea Michalski

    The event’s format was as follows:  5 non-profit organizations each gave timed, 4-minute presentations during which they shared their mission, vision, need, and impact in Marin.  All attendees were then asked to vote for their favorite presentation, at which point the votes were tallied, and Marin City Health & Wellness Center was announced as the winner. 

    Since its inception in January 2015, 100MARIN has hosted four events that have collectively raised over $165,000 for 20 Marin-based nonprofits who improve our local community. The winning non-profit of the Spring 2016 event, Wednesday’s Gift, spoke prior to the presentations and shared with the audience the impact on their organization. As a result of winning 100 Marin, they utilized all $35K awarded for their programs to improve the community, and subsequently secured a matching grant for an additional $35K.

    The event was hosted al fresco, in the middle of A St., right out in front of Il Davide.  Proprietor David Haydon catered the event, along with Jim Modesitt of Big Jim’s BBQ and Ted Razatos of Green Chili Kitchen.  Wine sponsors included Duckhorn Vineyards, Rombauer Vineyards, Rodney Strong Vineyards, White Oak Winery, and Incavo Wine Lounge & Collective.

    CORE’s Vice President and principal of Portico Wealth Advisors, Jonathan Leidy, emceed the evening, and said the following: 

    “100MARIN currently have over 250 members and a host of additional local enthusiasts.  Ultimately, we’d like to grow the group to 1,000 strong, and it’s special evenings like this one that will help us do just that.”

    For more information about 100MARIN or the most recent event please contact Jonathan Leidy 415.509.4668 or jonathan@porticowealth.com.

  • October 07, 2016 8:02 AM | Shelbi Hoffman (Administrator)

    Thank you 100 Marin! Nice to be here a little more relaxed than back in March.  I was super nervous and really wanted to win. Now all I want is to express our tremendous gratitude to you all and let you all know the impact your gift has had in our/your community.

    In March 100Marin  gave us $36,000. Since that time we have gifted $35,219.51 to individuals and families in need here in Marin County.
    Essentially 100 Marin put us on the map for local Marin County non-profits.
    As a result of the gift and the notoriety that came with it we have since received a matching gift of $35,000 as well as $20,000 from another donor and $5000 from another. Our reach is growing and that couldn’t have happened without you.

    Before our association with 100Marin our annual income was about $25,000 IF the Comedy Event went well and IF the Hoedown produced income. As a result of your gift we have had to tighten our processes, become more organized and efficient. We thank you for that.  Before the gift we received about 5-6 requests per month. Since then that number grown to about 10 per week. Each request is vetted by a member of our gift committee. We hear their stories, listen to their need and grant gifts when appropriate. We take your gift very seriously and I promise you we are responsible stewards of the gift.

    So you gave us money. That is awesome. But I’ve been thinking about the real currency at play here and what I believe is,   It Is Love.

    Last week a request came in from a couple we’ll call Mary and Joe. Due to some unfortunate circumstances their son had to give up his three children. 2,4 and 8. Mary and Joe had to step in and provide. They didn’t have beds, clothes or any other supplies a 2,4 and  8 year old would need. They heard about WG and Aileen went to the mobile home they live in to assess their situation.  Within days we provided beds and gift cards to Target and Safeway. .

    Now don’t get me wrong. They were grateful for the beds and gift cards. But they were also grateful for the loving way Aileen showed up and the speed with which their needs were met. So I believe LOVE propels the giving.

     3 years ago there was no 100Marin. But a very busy couple with no time to spare found the the time to lovingly organize their friends and community with a crazy idea to give back in a meaningful way

    In the last 6 months we have helped with rent, clothes, food, bedding.
    Because of our new visiblilty in the community we have partnered with other local no-profits. MCIL, Marin Community Clinic, Center for Domestic Peace to name a few.
    PG&E had become an important partner keeping power on.

    Your generosity/love has dramatically changed our ability to make a difference in the community we all live in. So thank you!

    Lastly, good luck to this years nominees. Try to relax and enjoy the moment!


  • September 14, 2016 6:32 PM | Shelbi Hoffman (Administrator)

    Congratulations to The Ceres Community Project for being selected as a nominee for the 100MARIN Fall 2016 Event!

    The Ceres Community Project creates health for people, communities and the planet through love, healing food and empowering the next generation.
    Key facets of their approach include:

    • Supporting individuals dealing with serious illness with free, delivered and nutrient-rich prepared meals, nutrition education, and a community of caring.
    • Involving young people as volunteer gardeners and chefs, giving them direct, hands-on experience of the difference that fresh, healthy foods and community make, and of their own capacity to contribute.
    • Educating the broader community, including health professionals, about the connection between fresh, healthy food, strong social networks, healing and wellness.
    • Connecting people of all ages and from all walks of life to one another, and to their value as an integral part of the community.

    LEARN MORE HERE

  • September 06, 2016 6:28 PM | Shelbi Hoffman (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Beyond Differences for being selected as a nominee for the 100MARIN Fall 2016 Event!

    Beyond Differences empowers students to end social isolation in middle school through online and campus programs.

    Three unique things about Beyond Differences:
    • They are a student-led organization.
    • They are the only organization singularly focused on ending social isolation.
    • They grew out of the experience of a child. Lili Rachel Smith—the heart and guiding light of Beyond Differences—went through the pain of social isolation. They created Beyond Differences in Lili’s honor and memory.
    LEARN MORE HERE
  • August 23, 2016 5:47 PM | Shelbi Hoffman (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Marin City Health & Wellness Center for being selected as a nominee for the 100MARIN Fall 2016 Event!

    Marin City Health & Wellness Center provides services from San Rafael to San Francisco. Founded to provide affordable and accessible health care services to residents of public housing, they are uniquely located in the communities where their clients live.

    Services include:

    • State-of-the-art medical and dental care
    • Natural birth center
    • Behavioral and mental health programs
    • Healthy lifestyle programs for all ages
    • Youth leadership programs for teen boys (The Defenders) and teen girls (Girl Power)
    LEARN MORE...
  • August 10, 2016 5:42 PM | Shelbi Hoffman (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Enriching Lives through Music for being selected as a nominee for the 100MARIN Fall 2016 Event!

    Enriching Lives through Music sparks passion and community engagement through a deep connection to music. ELM enriches the lives of over 120 students from the largely Latino immigrant Canal neighborhood of San Rafael, California through free and intensive music programs. Their students work with top-notch teachers, mentors, and musicians to progress from a tune on the recorder to a symphony, salsa or samba on a classical instrument. They invite you to share the joy, hard work, and wonder of seeding and nurturing a lifelong love of music. LEARN MORE...

  • August 05, 2016 8:38 AM | Shelbi Hoffman (Administrator)

    Congratulations to The Marin Humane Society for being selected as a nominee for the 100MARIN Fall 2016 Event!

    The Marin Humane Society offers refuge, rehabilitation, and support services to more than 10,000 domestic animals and wildlife each year through a myriad of community services, including adoptions, foster care, behavior and training, humane education, pet assistance for people in need, lost-and-found pet services, low-cost clinics, and more. We are a local, independent organization and are not a chapter or affiliate of any national organization. Your support of The Marin Humane Society directly helps animals in your community. LEARN MORE...

  • April 29, 2016 8:44 AM | Shelbi Hoffman (Administrator)

    We at Wednesday’s Gift would like to extend our sincere gratitude for nominating, and granting us the monetary gift of $35,000!!! The community recognition that we gained as a result of being a part of your wonderful group has been a springboard for us to do more work helping more people. This giving thing is very infectious! Many of us have already signed on to join 100MARIN as we personally witnessed the power of the giving circle concept.  

    Again, a heartfelt thanks from all of us to all of you!! 

    Aileen Wormood 
    Wednesday’s Gift Secretary

  • March 29, 2016 11:39 AM | Shelbi Hoffman (Administrator)

    You would all be surprised at how often I talk about 100 People Who Care.  To the Founders, Your concern for Marin, your generosity and the warmth of your spirit is something that gives me a emotional rush every time I think about it, and it’s something I describe to anyone who will listen.  To the members, You have collectively changed the face of Jessica’s Haven and Rescue. The 27,000 you awarded to Jessica’s Haven was a “game changing” amount of money,

    You may remember from my previous talk that I related that Marin has too few places for our disabled youth and adults to learn skills and responsibility,  I spoke about how our little, budding organization was struggling to support the need that was knocking on our door and ringing our phone. Thanks to your kindness, Jessica’s Haven is springing forward in many exciting ways.

    Because of you we have enrolled 2 more agencies – Marin Ventures and OFI, to our roster that includes 7 other schools and special needs programs.  We are now serving 51 participants each week.  Thank you.

    Our community needed us open longer hours, because of you we were able to add an afternoon program, twice a month. In this extra time, we not only serve special needs individuals, we now conduct professional volunteer training, which we will leverage into even greater quality and quantity of service. Thank you.

    There’s more -  We hired, part-time, just 6 hours a month, a Creative Director with your funds. Her name is Lizzy Domash, and she is amazing. She brings musical talents, and a incredible art program – this week, with puppets in hand,  the kids were singing “I get by with a little Yelp from my friends”.  She just adds so much joy to our program, and she is teaching all of us how to connect better with our special needs folks. Thank you for her.

    And here’s how a little money – which we didn’t have before your award to us – can turn into big things. You sponsored our Bowling with Friends event where Marin high school students interact with those less fortunate than themselves. Afterwards,  30 students sign up for 50 hours of volunteering  apiece. That’s 1,500 hours.  You can’t tell me those young people weren’t touched with compassion and respect for these special people. These are the things that make our community better.

    Finally, I will leave you with the last bit of good news.  Following the 100 People Who Care award, we were written up in the Marin IJ, and Marin Magazine.  You  brought us into the public’s eye and the public has responded.  We were nominated for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership at the Heart of Marin event, and honored at a luncheon with 890 people attending.

    We also received the Distinguished Community Service Award from the Lifehouse Agency, we really know we are making a difference in our community.  Now when I meet with businesses, private donors to pitch Jessica’s Haven, one of the first things I say, after explaining who we serve, and how, is that we were chosen by you to fund our work.  Because we were, in essence, “crowd funded” by the Marin community, others are now jumping on our bandwagon.  If I had time I’d say thank you 100 times. I can’t so let this suffice. Thank you …, very…very…much.

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