National Philanthropy Day

A Special Day of Community Spirit

Last event date: 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

No current plans to hold the event at this time.







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Recognizing Local Heroes

Submission Deadline

No submission for 2021 at this moment

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)

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2019 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 Eagles Aerie 72 - Wayne Norton

Aromas Hills Artisans - Laurie Tholen

Aromas-San Juan C. Schools Foundation - Aidan Castaneda

Aromas-San Juan Unified School District - Graniterock

Baler Education Foundation - Ella Pascua

BenitoLink - Blaire Justyne Strohn

CASA of San Benito County - Sue Mota Redmond

Chamberlain's Youth Services - Interact Club

City of San Juan Bautista - Xavier Guaracha

Community Action Board - Tonia Sunseri

Community Foundation of SBC - Kathy Flores

Community Solutions - Hollister Innovators

Fishes and Loaves - Nick Di Julio

Friends of the SBC Free Library - Rachelle Escamilla

Gavilan Chapter Kinship Center - Jeanette Campbell

Girl Scouts of CA Central Coast - Shelby O'Neil

Hazel Hawkins Hospital Foundation - Dr. M. Aslam Barra

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital - Lois Itow

Hollister Airmen's Association - Ruth Erickson

Hollister Downtown Association - Marissa Escamilla

Hollister Exchange Club - Elena & Mike Baldwin

Hollister Pregnancy Center - McKenzie Downs

Live Like Geno Foundation - Tina Garza

LULAC - Riana Gutierrez

Pinnacle Quilters of SBC - Peyton Ferrero

St. Francis Retreat - Rosa Apodaca

San Benito Agricultural Land Trust - Emily Renzel

SBC Arts Council - Stephanie Skow

SBC Business Council - Jim Gillio

SBC Free Library - Bill Tiffany

SBC Historical Society - Katie Silva

San Benito Stage Co. - Abby Chase & Emily Firstbrook

SJB Community Business Association - Heidi Balz

SJB Library Auxiliary - David Avila

Sun Street Centers - Emily Cezar

United Way of SBC - Sylvia Jaime

Women's Club of Hollister - Anne Brooks

YMCA of San Benito County - Helen Swanson

Youth Alliance - Maria Cid