2011 in Review

We started the year running and began working on our first fundraiser on January  1st.  Our first annual St. Patrick’s Fundraiser on March 19th was a huge success and tickets were sold out three weeks before the event.  We received great contributions and support for our  silent auction, as well as for the dinner dance, and were able to start helping children and young adults immediately following the event.

We then decided to have another fundraiser in July that would include all ages with a rafting trip down the Stanislaus River.  Unfortunately, due to the high volume of water, the event had to be canceled due to safety concerns.

Our final fundraiser for 2011 was on October 1st, a wine tasting and home tour event at Casa Estrella.  Greg and Karen Ellis were kind enough to offer their beautiful home to Danielle’s Gift for the fundraiser.  This was our first wine tasting event and we all learned a lot.  It was another success and a great time was had by all.

Because of the tremendous support we received at our fundraisers, online donations, donations made at Christmas time and in memory of loved ones, we were able to support the following individuals and organizations:

 

*Arjay Wiles – Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy – Therapy not covered by insurance

*Stanislaus County Foster Youth (anonymous by request) – Assistance with food, gas, and housing cost during his stem cell transplant

*Keith Howe – Special care needs – help with  extermination of bedbug infestation

*Fava Kids – organization that helps children with cancer

*Javier Guerrero – learning disability – tutoring

*Journey for Jessica – Donation towards therapy for brain injury

*Feed My Starving Children – Organization to feed hungry children all over the world

*Hilmar Clothes for Kids – To help clothe underprivileged children

*Bradley Pacheco Memorial Toy Drive – Toys to hospitalized children at Christmas time.

*Hughson Elementary School “Elf Project” – To help local children in need

 

At Danielle’s Gift, we view the coming of a new year as an opportunity to continue our mission of bringing hope to children in need.  We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to making our first year successful, and with your continued support, can make 2012 a year of hope for those children who have lost theirs.

Bradley Pacheco Memorial Toy Drive

Lori Zambruno (right) on behalf of Danielle’s Gift, giving DVD’s to Lisa Pires (left) for the Bradley Pacheco Memorial Toy Drive.  Lisa started the Bradley Pacheco Memorial Toy Drive to honor her son who died at age eight.  He spent many of his holiday’s in the hospital and Lisa understands the need to brighten the day of a sick child.  We were glad to help support her cause! 

Hughson Elf Project

On behalf of Danielle’s Gift, Bonnie Doyle (left) hands a check to Delores Arnett (right) for the Hughson Elementary School Elf Project.  The Elf Project’s mission is to bring Christmas to all children by providing both clothes and toys for underprivileged kids during the holidays.

Wine Tasting Fundraiser Photos!

Another Successful Fundraiser!

Our first Wine Tasting and Home Tour Fundraiser at Casa Estrella was a wonderful success!  Again we would like to give a big thank you to Greg and Karen Ellis for the use of their beautiful home.  We would also like to thank all of the wineries who were able to participate.  Due to the success of the event and your support, we have been able to continue supporting some of our ongoing recipients during their time of need.  Thank you all so much!

Wine Tasting Fundraiser Update

At the request of the owners of Casa Estrella, the time of the fundraiser has been changed.  The tasting will now begin at 6 p.m. and run till 9 p.m.  The address is: 16960 Schell Rd. Knights Ferry. Also, here is a preview of just a few of the wineries you can expect to see at the event!

-Wine Sisterhood
-Del Dotto Vineyards
-Deaver Vineyards
-McManis Family Vineyards
-Amuse Bouche LLC
– PharaohMoans LLC
– Au Sommet LLC.

 

2nd Annual Saint Patrick’s Dinner, Dance and Silent Auction

The time has come for our 2nd Annual Saint Patrick’s Dinner, Dance and Silent Auction!  Please see the flier below for information regarding the event.  To purchase tickets online, simply click the donate button below and enter a donation that reflects the price of the number of tickets you would like.  Also, be sure to indicate the number of tickets that you would like in the “special instructions to seller” line.  Tickets are $75 a piece and will be mailed to you upon ordering.  We are looking forward to seeing you all there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Our Board of Directors

 


From left to right: Beth Doyle (Fundraising Co-Chair), Kathy Dahlin (Secretary), Teresa Angle (Treasurer), Kimber Genzoli (President),  Lori Zambruno (Director), Bonnie Doyle (Fundraising Chair-Person), Ryan Genzoli (Vice-President).

Another Helped Thanks To You!


Recently, we were contacted by Jean Little, a Social Worker Supervisor of the Stanislaus County Community Service Agency Child and Family Services department.  Jean made a request on behalf of a young man in need of help. The individual, who asked to remain annonymous, has recently aged out of the foster care system and has been fighting cancer. Originally, it was requested that we help support him by providing funds needed for his living expenses during a bone marrow transplant at Stanford University Hospital. Unfortunately, since that time, his cancer has returned and as a result he is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment.  To help him pass the time during his ordeal, we have provided him with a new MacBook laptop along with accessories. We hope that this will raise his spirits in his time of need, and we look forward to providing him with future assistance as it is needed!

Your Donations at Work!

One of the recipients of Danielle’s Gift is Arjay Wiles.   Arjay is two and a half years old and suffers from Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy along with other health issues.  We received a request from his mother for help with therapy that is not covered by insurance.  We have been glad to help this family who is working so hard to offer the best quality of life possible for their child.  When asked where she heard about us, she said that she was recommended to our foundation by another mother, whom she had met at the Ronald McDonald House in Florida.  Word is spreading and we are on our way to helping many children.  Below is a link to a newsletter from the therapy group that will be handling Arjay’s treatment.  They have featured Danielle’s Gift in this months issue and we are grateful for their support.  If you have a moment please copy and paste the link below in your search bar and have a look!

http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs070/1102900210503/archive/1105905680694.html