Event at Fin’s raises $18,000 for the homeless
May 7, 2016
More than $18,000 was raised in one evening for South County residents facing homelessness during a festive “Dinner for a Cause” at Fin’s seafood restaurant in Grover Beach on May 5.
Every penny spent by patrons during “Fiesta at Fin’s” was donated to 5 Cities Homeless Coalition by Fin’s owner, Bruce Van Vort, and his employees, who generously donated their tips as well. California State Parks, the 5 Cities Homeless Coalition volunteers and a number of local businesses and individuals provided support for the event, including donated raffle prizes, live entertainment and special desserts.
Funds raised will help provide housing and meet immediate financial needs of families who are homeless or facing eviction in South County. A portion of the proceeds also will help Lucia Mar’s Families in Transition program supporting homeless youth.
“Requests for help in the Five Cities area are up three-fold over last year at this time,” said 5 Cities Homeless Coalition Executive Director Janna Nichols. One of the most pressing needs is assistance for families who are trying to stay in their homes despite the loss of a job, rent increases or family breakups.
The $18,400 raised from the event is a record for a Fin’s event supporting the 5 Cities Homeless Coalition, Nichols said. Since 2014, Fin’s has hosted several events in support of the organization’s programs and services. The next event is scheduled on Giving Tuesday, December 6.
“Many thanks to Fin’s Chef Carlos, his fantastic kitchen crew, all the Fin’s staff who donated their time and tips – including two who delayed their vacation departures to participate, California State Parks, our business partners and the members of the community who answered the call to support their neighbors in need,” said 5 Cities Homeless Coalition Board President Mike Byrd. “We couldn’t do what we do for the community without such generous support.”
Volunteer servers, hosts and wait staff included Brent Marshall, Dianne Thompson, Steve Lieberman, Jake Miller, Lynn Compton, Mike Byrd, Rick Gulino, Laurie Morgan, Dena Bellman, Eugenia Gamble, Shelly Higginbotham, Jeff Lee, Richard Van Houten, Barbara Harmon and Larry Vernon.
California Fresh Market, KK’s Bunt Cakes, Eclairs and other friends provided special desserts for the event. El Tapatio and Sound Investment provided entertainment.
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