National Philanthropy Day

A Special Day

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Each year, the Community Foundation for San Benito County proudly celebrates National Philanthropy Day. Approximately 45 local community volunteers are honored at this event, complete with introductions of the honorees and Proclamations by representatives from San Benito County and the City of Hollister.

We’d like your organization to join this celebration of community spirit - a chance to step briefly into the spotlight and remind our communities, our society, and the world that the spirit of giving is alive and well.

Event Details

Save the Date!


Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 5:30 - 8:00 pm


San Juan Oaks


$50 per person (seating is limited to 8 guests per organization, including honoree)

Payments may be made by check or credit card


Nominations, reservations, and payment must be received no later than Friday, October 11, 2019, to ensure recognition in the program and to receive a printed certificate. Follow the instructions in the Guidelines to submit your nomination

Submit Nominations

Recognizing Local Heroes

Submission Deadline

Friday, October 11, 2019

All nominations should be made following the instructions in the Guidelines

Nomination Guidelines

Only one honoree per organization. This year we are focusing on youth, and we encourage you to nominate a youth who is doing good work for your organization. However, this is NOT a requirement, and you may nominate a youth or an adult. A husband and wife team is also permitted. You may also nominate a group or organization, but only 1 person may stand and be recognized during the presentation.

You will need to submit a script which will be read introducing the honoree. Due to the large number of organizations presenting awards this year, and recognizing the need for all organizations to be acknowledged during the event, there is a 100 word limit to the script.

Script Example

"We are grateful to honor John Smith for being instrumental to the success of YMCA’s Annual Campaign Drive. The YMCA has been in this community for six years, helping to build strong kids, families and communities. John’s energy and passion for children in general sets him apart as a major champion of our organization’s efforts to be financially stable to focus on our mission and purpose. We thank John for carving time in your life to give us endless hours of hard work making it possible to continue to serve the families and children of San Benito County."

The Community Foundation will create a slideshow to be shown at the event. You must send an electronic photograph of your nominee to be included. (4 MB maximum, JPG or GIF format only)

Submit Nominations

2018 Philanthropy Day Honorees

Since we began hosting a National Philanthropy Day event in 2001, we’ve honored hundreds of citizens for their leadership role within the community. Each year the list of honorees grows longer as more of our neighbors and friends step up and make change happen.

The Foundation would like to congratulate those individuals who were awarded in 2019:

Aromas Hills Artisans - Andrea McCann

Aromas-San Juan Unified School District - Shary Greene

BenitoLink - Community Foundation for SBC

CASA of San Benito County - Maureen Bloch

Chamberlain's Youth Services - Amalia Ellis

City of San Juan Bautista - Anthony Ponce

Community Action Board - Gary Cameron

Emmaus House - San Benito Birthday Cakes 4 Free

Fishes and Loaves - Lise and George Emery

Friends of the SBC Free Library - Kathy Larabell

Gavilan Chapter Kinship Center - Linda Churchill

Hazel Hawkins Hospital Foundation - Danette Perrien

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital - Vivian Romero

Hollister Airmen's Association - John and Mary Szpara

Hollister Downtown Association - Dean Machado

Hollister Exchange Club - Joshua Redmond

Pinnacle Quilters of SBC - Diane Mezerkor

Rotary Club of San Juan Bautista - Jill Ortiz

San Benito County Arts Council - Phil Leonard

San Benito County Free Library - Ed Smith

SBC Historical Society - E Clampus Vitas Viejo Chapter 1846

San Benito Relay for Life - Tony and Cathy Alameda

San Benito Agricultural Land Trust - Paul F. Hain

San Benito Stage Company - Brent Redmond Transportation

SJB Community Business Association - Max Martinez

San Juan Bautista Library Auxiliary - Ray Covert

Sun Street Centers - Stephanie Hicks

Top Hatters Motorcycle Club - Michael Springs

United Way of San Benito County - Graniterock

Women's Club of Hollister - Kimberly Kimber

YMCA of San Benito County - Christina Castaneda