100MARIN Awards $40K to Marin City Health & Wellness Center; $165K Since Inception

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.

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