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Sharks Foundation Celebrates Healthy Living Month During October

by Sharks Foundation @sharksfoundation / sharksfoundation.org

During the month of October, the Sharks Foundation partnered with local non-profits focused on supporting the mental and physical health of community members through our Healthy Living Month. 

To kick off the campaign, the Sharks partnered with Kaiser Permanente to provide Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley with a $20,000 Community Assist Grant to revitalize the home of a 75-year-old Morgan Hill resident named Marie who has occupied the dwelling for nearly 30 years. She had a childhood accident that left her arms and legs non-functional. In addition to the fact that she lives alone with no family nearby, the repairs were greatly needed to provide her with a better quality of life. To see how the makeover brightened the neighborhood and lifted Marie's spirits watch the event recap video.

The Foundation celebrated the Sharks Opening Night with the launch of an auction in which partial net proceeds benefitted Fit Kids Foundation. Fit Kids fixes the fitness opportunity gap by providing structured programs for youth, primarily in underserved communities, at no cost to the host schools and community organizations or their participating families. Fit Kids programs combine warm-ups, games, and yoga practice that make fitness fun for kids of all ages. Funds raised from the auction provided the organization with a $3,200 donation.

 

On Opening Night, Kidpower served as the beneficiary of the 50/50 Raffle presented by Cache Creek Casino Resort. The $5,880 raised will support their efforts to empower people of all ages, abilities and walks of life, especially vulnerable & at-risk youth, and families impacted by racial, economic, and gender inequities, with prevention and restorative intervention tools and skills to stay safe, act wisely, and believe in themselves. "Thanks to the contribution from the Sharks Foundation in support of Kidpower's 'From Trauma to Thriving' initiative, hundreds of people in the South Bay Area - mostly children and youth - who have been significantly impacted by the social disruption of the pandemic will be safer from harm," said Kidpower California Program Director Erika Leonard. "This gift has the power to help buffer kids from the impact of toxic stress, and to prevent or reduce the long-term impact of adverse childhood experiences."

During the Sharks Foundation's 2020-21 season, the Foundation and SAP partnered on a $500,000 multi-year commitment to non-profit CityTeam to fund and launch the Alameda County Mobile Food Pantry Expansion Project. The project is an extension of CityTeam's current distribution model, providing food bi-monthly to 31 different locations within Santa Clara County. With the grant from the Foundation and SAP, CityTeam will take this distribution model into Alameda County as part of their 5-year strategic plan to help end hunger in Silicon Valley by closing the gap in households with unmet needs. For the expansion into the East Bay, CityTeam has partnered with the Alameda County Community Food Bank and has selected 18 total sites across the county representing the greatest need to serve low-income community members with fresh and accessible groceries on a bi-monthly basis. To date, CityTeam has been able to launch ten of the pantries. Funds provided also enabled CityTeam to purchase a new refrigerated box truck capable of loading 26,000 pounds of food per trip, and cover labor expenses to make the deliveries possible.

During the 2021-22 season, funding provided to CityTeam will also aid them in launching additional projects in tandem with the food pantries such as the Pop-up Closet community clothing program happening this December. As part of the partnership, on October 23 volunteers from SAP and Team Teal distributed food to roughly 150 households at one of the new Alameda County mobile food pantry locations, Regeneration Church in Oakland. Click here to watch the event recap video.

On October 28, $3,040 was raised for Breathe California through the 50/50 Raffle presented by Cache Creek Casino Resort. As the local clean air and healthy lungs leader, the non-profit organization fights lung disease in all its forms and works with its communities to promote lung health. Its key roles have been to fight lung diseases such as tuberculosis, asthma, influenza, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and establish tobacco-free communities and achieve healthy air quality.

In total, the Sharks dedicated $171,830 and impacted 1,173 lives through October Healthy Living Month campaign efforts.

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