When most think of the Bay Area we reminisce about the beautiful views of the Bay from Nob Hill, the great restaurants throughout the city, the hills of Marin Country, the ferry to Sausalito. Yet, there are many children in the East Bay Area who need assistance concerning their educational pursuits and future success.
The mission of the Summit Bank Foundation is threefold:
1. To develop and promote financial literacy learning opportunities throughout the Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
2. To support general education endeavors throughout the East Bay.
3. To recognize and encourage corporate volunteerism and support of the nonprofit community.
VacationHomesforCharity.org was proud to be associated with the annual Red and White Ball fundraiser with proceeds dedicated to the financial literacy programs and the students in the East Bay community. To date the literacy programs have reached over 700,000 students in East Bay schools. For additional information concerning The Summit Bank Foundation, the following links to an enlightening video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIPt8v6HhOk
Four (4) vacation homes were donated and auctioned off at the annual Red and White Ball Fundraiser generating “five figures” in donations. The donated vacation homes span the Western Hemisphere including;
Beachfront in Belize: One of the most beautiful vacation rentals in one of the most beautiful countries on earth.
High-life on the Las Vegas Strip: Location, Location, Location….baby!
And two ski in/out properties in Colorado:
4 Bedroom Townhome in Telluride, CO: Slopeside luxury is always desirable in Telluride.
3 Bedroom Penthouse in Steamboat Springs, CO: On the slopes with pedestrian access to Ski Time Square, perfect for the family.
“Huge!!” is the only word out of the usually verbose Michael McFadden, co-founder of VacationHomesforCharity.org (VH4C). Nancy Progar, coordinator of VH4C added in more eloquent prose “To be honest, generating $50,000 from four events over a 5-day period was beyond our forecasts. Even in this period of economic uncertainty, those willing to assist will come to the aid of those in need.”
The four events generating $50,000 include:
Thursday & Friday, June 25th & 26th: 13th Annual Stars and Stripes Fishing, Golf and Music Festival, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: “It’s about fishing, it’s about golf, it’s about music but mostly…IT’S ABOUT THE KIDS!” And this year the kids scored big. Stars and Stripes raised $1,500,000 for local southern California children’s charities. The event surpassed the million dollar mark for the third straight year and gave more than a dozen underprivileged youth an unforgettable experience! This “Feel Good” Tournament benefits multiple charities including: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, Orangewood Children’s Foundation, Freedom Writers Foundation and Boy Scouts of America/LA and Operation Homefront. Thanks to Jorge Retana and John Powers for their donation of Casa Ramon, an exclusive private villa in Costa Rica.
Thursday, June 4th (Santa Ana, CA)
Women, Water and Wells:
Dinner and Live Auction at Bowers Museum, a lovely venue in Southern California. The event will host a speaker, Gil Garcetti, a photojournalist and former L.A. District Attorney who has a passion for the plight of poor African women, particularly oppressed and unschooled, and related to water issues. Women of Vision have World Vision projects in Kenya related to both water and HIV.
Friday, June 5th (Boulder, CO)
5th Annual CRC ReWards Reception and Auction
Each year the Center for ReSource Conservation (CRC) brings Colorado’s conservation community together to celebrate our collective accomplishments. We honor local conservation pioneers for their commitment to environmental causes in our community with the CRC ReWards, outbid each other on fabulous silent auction items, eat delicious food, and listen to inspirational keynote speakers!
With the backdrop of snow-covered peaks, supporters of Attention Homes gathered at Boulder’s in-demand Restaurant 4580 for their 4th annual Spring Soirée. The event 3 nights prior in New York when attendees gathered in Suit & Tie, the Boulder based supporters attended in their Rocky Mountain casual to support the teens in need at Attention Homes. The programs, presently at capacity provide at-risk boys and girls a safe home, counseling and therapy, life skills lessons, and access to education and employment to insure a supportive transition to adulthood.
The highlight of the evening was the auctioning off of a vacation stay at the beautiful waterfront “Seaspray” home in Manasota Key, Florida. The land-locked bidders were captivated by the home’s natural beauty situated on a sand dune adjacent to the tranquil waters of the Gulf of Mexico. These mountain loving residents of Boulder, Colorado bided with spirit to escape, just for a few days to the Sunshine State. One guest noted, Colorado has 300+ days of sunshine annually, similar to Florida without the humidity, we’re just missing the ocean and gulf frontage.