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
Jim & Teresa Ojeda
Charles & Judy Munnerly
Martin & Dunja Zaun, SAP