San Rafael’s Wednesday’s Gift wins $35,000 at 100MARIN fundraiser

May 11, 2016 8:27 AM | Shelbi Hoffman (Administrator)

THE NORTH BAY Business Journal
May 11th, 2016

The philanthropic organization 100+ People Who Care: Marin County ( hosted its spring event on March 10 at The Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato.

Close to 300 attendees and 350 total givers participated. 100Marin’s top award of $35,000 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,” said Wednesday’s Gift’s Board Secretary, Aileen Wormwood. “You have provided a boost that will allow us to increase the number of people we help throughout Marin County. 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 nonprofits were:

  • 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:

Each of the four runners up were awarded $1,000, funded by these sponsors:

  • 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 five nonprofits each gave four-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. Wednesday’s Gift was announced as the winner.

David Haydon of Il Davide catered the event. Frank Family Vineyards, Starry Night Winery, Vias Imports Ltd, and A.L. Romano Wine Company poured wine.

This event comes on the heels of 100Marin’s inaugural year, during which the circle members awarded roughly $60,000 to local nonprofits in 2015.

“100Marin just continues to grow, and with that growth comes bigger and bigger impact within Marin County,” said Jonathan Leidy, CORE vice president and principal of Portico Wealth Advisors. He emceed the evening. “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.”

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