National Philanthropy Day

A Special Day

Thursday, November 15, 2018

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 15, 2018 from 5:30 - 8:00 pm


San Juan Oaks Golf Course


$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 12, 2018 to ensure recognition in the program and to receive a printed certificate. Submit your nomination by completing BOTH forms below.

Submit Nominations

Recognizing Local Heroes

Submission Deadline

Friday, October 12, 2018

All nominations should be made using the two Forms listed above.

Nomination Guidelines

Only one honoree per organization, though a couple is allowed. The honoree may be either an adult or a youth. You may nominate a group or organization but only oneperson (or two if the honoree is a couple) 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

2016 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 selected in 2016:

Aromas Eagles Aerie #72 - Paul Lapidus

Aromas Hills Artisans - Kay Walters

Aromas-San Juan Bautista Community Schools Foundation - Larry and Viola Willis

Aromas-San Juan Unified School District - Nancy Offermann

Baler Education Foundation - Ernie Pascaul 

BenitoLink - Susan Schwabacher Modic

CASA of San Benito County - Jean Murray

Chamberlain's Children Center - Shon Morrison

City of San Juan Bautista - Shawna Freels

Community Food Bank of SBC - Marilyn and Richard Ferreira

Community Foundation for SBC - San Benito County Nonprofits

Community Solutions - Frank Chavez

Economic Development Corporation SBC - Aaron Johnston

Emmaus House - Vania Alvarez

Fishes and Loaves  -  Lorry Whitacre

Friends of the SBC Free Library - Frank Bisceglia

Gavilan Joint Community College District - Tom Breen

Girl Scouts of CACC - Heidi Arreola

Hazel Hawkins Hospital Foundation - Ismael and Jeri Hernandez

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital & Auxiliary - Joan Moore

Hollister Airmen's Association - Members of Hollister Airmen's Association

Hollister Downtown Association - The City of Hollister

Hollister Relay for Life - Bailey and Mario Correa

Kinship Center ~ Gabilan Chapter - Sallie Calhoun and Matt Christiano

Pinnacle Quilters of SBC - Dianna Smith

Pinnacles Partnership - Richard Neidhardt

REACH San Benito Foundation - Valerie Egland

Rotary Club of Hollister - Amalia Ellis

Rotary Club of SJB - Annette Cain-Rhines

The Salvation Army, Hollister Corps - Teresa Amaya

San Benito County Arts Council - Louise Roy

San Benito County Business Council - Scott Fuller

San Benito County Chamber of Commerce - Brent Redmond Transportation

San Benito County Free Library - Nina Jorgensen

San Benito County Historical Society - Tom and Lana Maudlin

San Benito Stage Company - Postal Graphics

San Juan Bautista Library Auxiliary - Bernadine Belaski-McGee

San Juan Committee - Sandra Arretche

Sun Street Centers - Valerie Smith

The 33rd District Agricultural Association - Jaynie Little

12 Days of Giving - Bob Tiffany

United Way of San Benito County - Diane Barr

Women's Club of Hollister - Glenda Goldstone

YMCA of San Benito County - Kevin Jeffery