By Adrian Rodriguez, Marin Independent Journal
A block off of San Rafael’s main drag will be shut down Wednesday night for a fundraising gala sponsored by 100Marin, a charity that plans to award a lucky nonprofit organization upwards of $30,000.
About 300 people are expected to attend the event from 6 to 8 p.m. in front of Il Davide Restaurante on A Street between Third and Fourth streets. Each attendee will pledge $100 that will be put in a pot and awarded to one of five nonprofits.
“There can only be one winner,” said Jonathan Leidy, a founding core member of the group — officially called 100+ People Who Care: Marin County. “But really, all the nonprofits win. It’s great exposure and the true value is the community building for the nonprofits.”
Since it was founded in 2014, 100Marin has grown to 239 members and has held fundraising events twice a year, raising a total of more than $120,000. The group operates under a “giving circle” model, in which members commit to donate money at events where pre-selected nonprofits give a brief pitch about their organizations.
Members, who are allowed to nominate one nonprofit each year, also invite others to pledge. The donors at the event then collectively select a single winner. 100Marin uses five pre-selected nonprofits and allows them a four-minute pitch.
Leidy noted that the consolation prizes will include monetary gifts of between about $1,000 and $3,000.
Sandra Beaton joined 100Marin after being impressed with one of its parties.
“I firmly believe in my heart that this is a unique and inspirational type of event,” she said. “When you watch the connections that take place; when you watch some of the new ideas and friendships that come out of it; everyone is so inspired.”
The following nonprofits will pitch their programs:
- Animals/environment: The Marin Humane Society.
- Arts/culture/humanity: Enriching Lives Through Music
- Health/human services: Marin City Health & Wellness Center.
- Children/education: Beyond Differences.
- Public benefit: The Ceres Community Project.
The deadline to RSVP online is noon Tuesday. Go to 100marin.org/event-2200901. Pledges are also accepted the day of the event for $120.
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