Submitted by Autumn Kersey
100+ People Who Care Ada County, a charitable giving organization, awarded $11,100 to Meridian-based Treasure Valley Youth Theater at an inaugural event Sept. 22.
100+ Ada County founder Lynn Bradescu mirrored the program from a successful Marin County pooled-giving program in California.
Treasure Valley Youth Theater was among five nominated nonprofits considered for the funding, and after a vote of the event attendees, the theater company won the grant. Plans for the funding include securing a future home for the theater company.
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Sep 22, 2016
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100+ People Who Care Ada County is the first charity event of its kind here in the Treasure Valley, and the premise behind it is very simple. At least 100 people with $100 a piece gather for a dinner. The dinner is provided free of charge by outside sponsors. There they hear short presentations from five different non-profits and then the same 100 people get to vote on the non-profit they would like to see be given a total of $10,000.
"At the end of the evening we will award the money to the winner," said Ceo of 100+ People Who Care Ada County Lynn Bradescu.
At this charity event the focus is placed heavily on small local non-profits, and there is a reason for that.
"I've been to lots and lots of big galas where you pay $250 and you raffle off a lot of things and paddles go up and a lot of money is raised, but these small local non-profits don't have the money, the wherewithal, or the funds to put on an event like this," explained Bradescu.
For the very first event, the five small local non-profits that were chosen are 208 Cares, Surel's Place, Animals in Distress Association, Treasure Valley Youth Theater, and The Good Samaritan Home.
"Most of our members have never even heard of these non-profits but they are willing to give. I mean we spend $100 just going out to dinner so $100 twice a year is really an easily obtainable goal," said Bradescu.
While only 1 local nonprofit walks away with the cash, that doesn't mean the others go home without gaining anything.
"Sometimes the members step up and give money to the other local nominees but we do feel that because they are not well known they are getting to present themselves in front of over 100 people and they will get their message and their word out there," said Bradescu.
The big winner who walked away with $10,000 is the Treasure Valley Youth Theater.
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