In From the Cold

HomeFirst launched the 2016-2017 In From the Cold Campaign in November with our sixth annual fundraising dinner event. This year, 200 generous guests celebrated at The GlassHouse in downtown San Jose and raised more than the $201,00 goal. The ‘secret sauce’ was the return of Event Co-chairs John A. Sobrato and County Assessor Larry Stone who reached out to so many of our community’s philanthropists and leaders.

In honor of Mayor Sam Liccardo’s and Supervisor Dave Cortese’s All the Way Home Campaign, the evening centered on the extensive work we do throughout the year for veterans. Both Sam and Dave spoke on their passion to end veteran homelessness in Santa Clara County by Veterans Day 2018. We are well on our way to achieving that goal.

Our keynote speaker, Ed Howard, is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. While Ed’s story revealed a difficult period of homelessness, it culminated in his successful stay at the BRC where he currently manages the New Start Program at the shelter. See a video about Ed here. 

While the entire team worked diligently to realize this success, the key to hosting an elegant, meaningful event, it was our volunteer event planner, Rita Janda, who put all the pieces together beautifully. Click here to see our In From the Cold gallery photos.



Thanks to the generous In From the Cold event and campaign sponsors, 100% of contributions went to support vital program and services for homeless people in Santa Clara County.

Janice Berthold, Heffernan Insurance

Heinz and Theresia Binder

Nick & Candy Carter

Linda Chin & John Parissenti

Leslie Daniel. Esq. & Michael Logue

Mark & Mari Donnelly

Claudia Folzman & Dave Edgar

Philip L. Gregory

Dean & Lori Johnson

Scott Lefaver & Lizabeth Yee Lefaver

Victor LoBue

Jim & Teresa Ojeda

Prajesh Parekh

Mike Pope

Charles & Judy Munnerly

Martin & Dunja Zaun, SAP