2010 Town Crier Holiday Fund kicks off a new season of giving

Photo Courtesy Of Downtown College Prep-Alviso

Downtown College Prep Alviso students recently visited Hicklebee&#8217s bookstore in Willow Glen to hear author Suzanne Collins read from her Hunger Games Trilogy series. Prior to the event, each student thought of one sentence he or she wanted to say to the author. Gabe (no last name given), who appears in the the above photo (back, center), said, &#8220You are the reason I read books. Thank you.&#8221

Now in its second decade, the Town Crier Holiday Fund continues to support a host of local and regional non-profit organizations that efficiently deliver goods and services to the area’s most needy.

“We patterned the Town Crier Holiday fund on the successful concept created by Bill Johnson, publisher of the Palo Alto Weekly years before,” said Paul Nyberg, Town Crier owner/publisher. “We believe that connecting the readership of our communities with the sometimes subtle needs of families and children in surrounding areas is a major mission of our weekly.”

The campaign has raised a total of nearly $1.5 million for carefully screened recipients in the past years.

The 15 beneficiaries of the Town Crier Holiday Funds this year are: Partners for New Generations; RotaCare; Bayshore Christian Ministries; House of Grace; Career Closet; Community Health Awareness Council; Community Service Agency’s fresh food program; East Palo Alto Kids Foundation; Help One Child; Hidden Villa summer camperships; Mother Branch; Sunday Friends; Downtown College Prep Alviso; Music For Minors; and Jeremiah’s Promise.

Anchored this year by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s annual $20,000 donation, the Holiday Fund has already received $70,000 in matching grants. Matching donors include: Kipp and Tom Gutshall, Pamela and Ed Taft, Liz and Paul Nyberg, Rambus Inc. and Norma and Jack Melchor.  

Watch for detailed profiles in upcoming issues of the Town Crier on each group supported by the funds, including their current program successes and needs.

Organizations benefit from the fund in a variety of ways.  Examples include Jeremiah’s Promise, a group that provides foster care for girls over 18, which is experiencing great success with participants finishing high school and continuing in four-year colleges. Donations for a book program at Downtown College Prep Alviso played a big role in students’ significant reading improvement and enthusiasm.

Contributions to the Town Crier Holiday Fund are tax deductible.

Donations are deposited in a donor-advised fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, which provides letters acknowledging the contributions.

There are three ways to give: Mail donations payable to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (Attn. Town Crier Holiday Fund), 2440 W. El Camino Real, Suite 300, Mountain View, CA 94040, call 450-5547 to use a credit card or donate online by visiting

For more information on the Town Crier Holiday Fund, visit

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