December 1, 2013
Being a part of the Chamber of Commerce here in Vista is a very rewarding experience for me. The Chamber is in the middle of so many great events and activities that we are always facilitating or directly raising money for great local organizations. And with this being the time of year that we all reflect on the things for which we are thankful, I thought it would be appropriate to share with you some of the great organizations we have been privileged to partner with over the last couple of years.
Heroes of Vista
The Vista Education Foundation (VEF) serves as an alternative funding source for Vista Unified Schools. Two years ago we created Heroes of Vista as joint event with VEF to serve as a gala fund raiser for them. Over the first two years of the Heroes of Vista we have helped them raise approximately $80,000 for their programs and grants. While state budgets continue to create challenges for our schools, it is great to partner with an organization that is working on solutions for our future generation. To learn more about their efforts to help students and schools succeed, visit them at VistaEducationFouncation.org
The Boys and Girls Club of Vista is celebrating its 50th year of serving the youth of our community. The Chamber was honored to partner with the Boys and Girls Club (BGCVista.org) for our annual Golf Tournament in July, which resulted in a $3,500 donation from the Chamber to the club. In past years, the Chamber Golf Tournament has resulted in similar donations to North County Solutions for Change, Athletes for Education, Veteran’s Association of North County, and the Longhorn Foundation. Remember, a bad day golfing is better than a good day in the office!
Business has been Brewing at the Business Expo the past few years, and we are grateful that the business does brew here. In 2013 we were able to donate nearly $600 to Wounded Warrior Homes in Vista due to revenue raised by beer tastes at this event. Wounded Warrior Homes (WoundedWarriorHomes.org) provides affordable transitional housing to transition veterans from active-duty military service to independent living. They serve medically discharged single men and women of our armed forces who have suffered Traumatic Brain Injury. In the two previous years, we raised over $1,500 for Angel’s Depot.
The Strawberry Festival continues to grow its impact in our great city. With attendance having eclipsed 75,000 in 2013, over $11,000 was raised or received by local non-profits, service clubs and schools. Since the Strawberry Festival was created 4 years ago, nearly $45,000 has been raised and/or received by these well-deserving organizations.
Each year we pick a charity to focus on during our Holiday after-hours business mixer. In 2012 our charity was Operation Hope in Vista. Operation Hope (OperationHopeShelter.org) operates a cold-weather homeless shelter for women and families here in Vista. We were pleased to raise $800 for Operation Hope through this business mixer last year. Other Holiday Sundowner partners in the past include San Pasqual Academy in Valley Center and Angel’s Depot in Vista.
As we all know, it takes a Village to function as a Village. Thanks to all the great organizations in our community that work so hard to make a difference. We at the Chamber are grateful for your work and your efforts and we are pleased to partner with so many of you.
Vista Chamber of Commerce