At the near conclusion of a very difficult election season, our Gala event reminded everyone that real hope and change happens locally every single day.  Over 240 guests raised $130,000 to support the work of the Tim Griffith Foundation—that will bring hope to a lot of folks!

What does every Tim Griffith Foundation Gala have?  Lots of fun, friends, excitement and hope, which is what we experienced at the 12th Annual TGF Gala on November 5th.   Another year to celebrate the great work and hope your donations bring to our communities.  Our donors always enjoy the fun of the silent and live auctions and sharing a meal with friends and family.  And most of all, donors tell us how much it means to hear from the clients we serve, and the agency partners that bring life changing services to those in need.  This year we heard from a Tim’s House resident, Patrick, in recovery through the Bridges program.  Patrick had not fully told his story to anyone before, yet he felt it was important to share it with hundreds of our donors that evening.  

Our donors also heard an inspiring story of another young person overcoming what would seem insurmountable odds.  Gladys Gudino, MFTI, a counselor for the Transition Program funded by our Foundation, talked about a student in Sequoia High School in Redwood City. Due to the success rate of the Transition Program, most students graduate from high school, find employment and some, like the student of Gladys’ story, continue on to college.  The impact of this program brings hope and healing not only to the students but also to their parents, siblings and entire families.

Addressing our third area of focus, supporting those experiencing grief from the loss of a child, Stacey Redman shared that this year the Foundation expanded our Meadowlark Retreats to mothers experiencing the loss of an infant.  Through the generous sponsorship of the Scott Family Foundation, six mothers who lost an infant were able to come together for a weekend of healing and support.  

Lisa Perry our Volunteer Chair honored Eric Snyder, our Gala emcee since the very first Gala, as our 2016 Nancy Harris Volunteer of the Year Award.  We also gave a special thanks to the San Mateo County Probation Officers for their support in providing Bridges program participants as volunteers throughout the year and especially at the Gala.  

We shared our gratitude for our 2016 event sponsors who financially support the Gala:  Howell Electric, The Meadows Family in loving memory of Christopher Meadows, and the San Francisco Giants.  We also thank the army of almost 100 volunteers who show up each and every year in the days leading up to and the day of the Gala, including the young men from the San Jose University Pikes Fraternity.

Such a showing of generosity gives us encouragement to end a difficult election year on an upbeat and positive note and to look forward to the holidays and 2017.