This June, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) partnered with the Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association (CCTLA) for its 14th year to host the CCTLA fundraiser. Over the course of several months, a dedicated committee met to discuss logistics and fundraising tactics to raise money for the 135,000 served every month through SFBFS’ 15 diverse services. CCTLA is the voice of and for Sacramento Trial Attorneys and has a vested interest in the community they work for. After months of hard work from the committee, 66 individuals agreed to sponsor $1,000 each for the fundraiser. That’s $66,000 for families in need! What an incredible gift!
The initial sponsorship opportunity was followed by a beautiful silent auction and evening at the home of Parker White and Noël Ferris. Their East Sacramento backyard garden was the perfect location to host an evening dedicated to giving back to the community. More than 100 people attended the event to enjoy wine, food and bid on several dozen auction items. While many of the attendees were aware of the beneficiary of their generous donations, the evening took an emotional turn when we heard a heartwarming speech from Gricelda Valencia. Gricelda is a former SFBFS client who struggled to give her children the life she dreamed for them after she and her husband found themselves without work. Now, Gricelda gives back to families going through similar struggles as SFBFS’ CalFresh Outreach Coordinator. Many attendees were brought to tears as Gricelda shared her story and SFBFS’ mission suddenly had a face.
I could not believe the generosity of this group. At one point, a challenge was posed to all attendees to give an additional $50 donation to SFBFS. Many individuals stepped up to the plate and donated. While the final donation count is still being tallied, I know that the money raised at this wonderful event will serve well in the 15 programs and services offered at SFBFS.
Elise Hawkins, SFBFS Communications Officer