Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Open your wallets: it's charity fund raising season
If it's March in Bakersfield it means it's time for a charity fund raiser virtually every weekend and many weekdays. Pretty soon the golf courses will be in full swing for the non profits: Link to Life, Monsignor Leddy, the Plank Foundation tournaments just to name a few. It will be interesting to see how this sour economy affects the non profits; there's already ample evidence that they are suffering and local giving is way down. Just a few of the events coming up:
* The "Architects of Hope" dinner benefiting the St. Jude Dream Home giveaway is this Wednesday (March 4) t the Petroleum Club.
* CASA kicked off his annual round of parties and events this past weekend with the Hayden family's "Field of Dreams." Next up: Don Martin hosts "An Evening at the Historic Brownstone" on Saturday, March 21.
* Kern County Women in Art will hold a "celebration and auction" at the Icehouse Framing & Gallery on Thursday, March 19. The Women and Girls' Fund, part of the Kern Community Foundation, is the beneficary.
* And finally there's always the annual Cioppino feed hosted by Bakersfield West Rotary over at Monsignor Leddy Hall at Garces High School on March 28. This is one of my favorite fund raisers of the year and the cioppino is outstanding. This year it benefits the Bakersfield Memorial Hospital Foundation for the pediatric care unit, the local Ronald McDonald house and the Boys and Girls Club.
Stay tuned. These are just a few of what will be a tsunami of fund raisers this year.