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$150,000 Donated to Bill Wilson Center

Summit League chose the Bill Wilson Center (BWC) as the beneficiary of their 2021 Spring Event fundraiser. Summit League’s goal was to raise funds to assist in the building of a much-needed drop-in shelter facility, but in March of 2020, the Bay Area went into an unprecedented lock down, Shelter-in-Place order. Bill Wilson Center was faced with a growing and excessive need to help those in our community who had lost their support infrastructure.  At the same time, Summit League began to understand the impact of the pandemic and decided in would need to cancel the 2021 Spring Event due to future uncertainties. In lieu of a community fundraiser, the Leagues members and sustaining members together, quietly raised and donated $150,000.00 to San Jose’s Bill Wilson Center.   

Bill Wilson Center provides services to more than 4,950 children, youth, young adults, and families in Santa Clara County through various programs. Additionally, BWC reaches more than 30,000 clients through its Street Outreach and crisis line programs. While some businesses closed their doors, Bill Wilson Center was committed to continuing to provide shelter, food, counseling, educational support, and basic needs such as clothing, hygiene supplies, health care, and personal protective equipment (PPE) to homeless youth and families.

There were many needs that arose for BWC’s young clients during the pandemic.  At the onset it was access to food, but then it became how to continue their education when school campuses were closed.  Thanks to the generosity of Summit League and other community donors, Bill Wilson Center was able to provide chromebooks, earbuds, school supplies, and internet access at our shelters and for students in our homelessness prevention programs (those who were on the brink of becoming homeless).

For homeless youth in our community, day-to-day living is tough.  It’s full of challenges that no young person should have to face.  Add to that a global pandemic, and youth may feel they have nowhere to turn.

For youth accessing their Drop-In Center (those who were still living on the street when the pandemic hit), Bill Wilson Center provided them with a place to wash and sanitize, a place to access COVID tests and later COVID vaccinations, and a place to receive masks, hand sanitizers, disinfecting wipes, and gloves.  Even today, Bill Wilson Center is still providing disposable masks and hand sanitizers to youth at the Drop-In Center!

“Thanks to the support of Summit League, Bill Wilson Center remained an essential service that continued to function, and in some cases expand, while meeting the 24/7 needs of homeless youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you, Summit League for enabling Bill Wilson Center to continue our mission of ending youth and family homelessness in Santa Clara County.”

~Chief Community Resources Officer, Pilar Furlong

$300,000 Raised for Local Alzheimer’s Organization

Summit League Presents a Check for $300,000 to Hearts and Minds Activity Center
Summit League Event Chairs present a check to Hearts and Minds Activity Center

Summit League’s spring 2019 fundraiser, A Day in the Garden with Friends, raised $300,000 for San Jose’s Hearts and Minds Activity Center (formerly Respite and Research for Alzheimer’s Disease). Held on the grounds of a beautiful Los Gatos estate, the luncheon featured speaker Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns, an award-winning advocate and activist who has worked to ignite public awareness and raise funds for research in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease. She also served on the National Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association and produced the critically acclaimed movie, Still Alice. The event marketplace featured a wide selection of jewelry, fashion, and art vendors also donated a portion of all proceeds to the cause. 

A Day in the Garden with Friends Luncheon
A Day in the Garden with Friends Luncheon

As the only dementia-specific adult daycare program in Santa Clara County, Hearts & Minds Activity Center is dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions by providing safe, nurturing intergenerational services, and a rich network of support. The donation will provide for Center renovations and the creation of a technology and library facility to benefit individuals of all stages of dementia. 

“The level of support we received from the Summit League was beyond expectation. We are so grateful for the care, love, and support of our mission as well as the very generous donation that will ensure that we have the resources to achieve so many of our goals.”

HEARTS & MINDS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MARIA NICOLACOUDIS

Established in 1957, Summit League is a non-profit organization committed to raising funds in the areas of education, health, welfare, and the arts. To date, Summit League has donated over two million dollars to enhance the lives of the Silicon Valley community.