100MARIN Awards $35K to Wednesday’s Gift; $4K to Runners-Up

March 10, 2016 6:58 AM | Shelbi Hoffman (Administrator)

Novato, CA, March 10th, 2016 – Marin’s premier giving circle, 100+ People Who Care: Marin County (100MARIN), hosted its Spring 2016 event on Thursday, March 10th, from 6-8PM, at The Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, CA.    

With close to 300 attendees and 350 total givers, 100MARIN’s top award of $35K went to Wednesday’s Gift, a program that provides emergency, one-time assistance to individuals and families in crisis.

“Wednesday’s Gift would like to thank 100+ People Who Care: Marin County for their generous gift. You have provided a boost that will allow us to increase the number of people we help throughout Marin County,” said Wednesday’s Gift’s Board Secretary, Aileen Wormwood. “With these funds, we plan to forge stronger partnerships with Marin’s social services, so that we can keep despair at bay for those who need help staying in their homes or providing food for their families. 100MARIN’s gift will help to widen our circle, foster more kindness and compassion towards those in need, and allow us to offer services to more local individuals and families. 100MARIN has helped us ‘Be the change we want to see in the world.’ Thank you for this great honor!”

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 sponsors were Pacific Union International and International ProInsurance. 

The presenting non-profits were as follow:

  • Animals/Environment: Marin County Bicycle Coalition
  • Health/Human Services: Wednesday’s Gift
  • Arts/Culture/Humanities: Novato Theater
  • Children/Education: Marin County School Volunteers
  • Public Benefit: ExtraFood.org

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

  • Hennessy Funds
  • Alta Employment Law
  • Out of the Woods Custom Cabinetry
  • Do Your Thing, bookkeeping and strategy for creative daredevils

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 Wednesday’s Gift was announced as the winner. 

David Haydon of Il Davide catered the event and Frank Family Vineyards, Starry Night Winery, VIAS IMPORTS LTD, and A.L. Romano Wine Company all poured wine.

This event comes on the heels of 100MARIN’s inaugural year, during which the circle members awarded roughly $60K to local non-profits in 2015.

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

“100MARIN just continues to grow, and with that growth comes bigger and bigger impact within Marin County.

We now have over 200 full-time members and host of additional supporters.  Together, we are all making a difference, each leveraging our $100 donations to create a truly meaningful gift for one local nonprofit.”

For more information about 100MARIN or last week’s event contact Jonathan Leidy 415.509.4668 or jonathan@porticowealth.com.

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