Celebrating Season of Sharing generosity

Celebrating Season of Sharing generosity

Posted on April 15, 2014 by The Patterson Foundation

Over the years, we've heard the stories of the families on the edge of homelessness in our community. Those who were hit hard by the economic downturn. Hardworking parents who faced eviction while struggling to pay for their children's emergency medical bills. Older adults forced to make tough choices in the face of financial and personal health problems. The way our community responds year after to year to these hardships is nothing short of inspirational.

This year, for the first time, Season of Sharing raised a record $2 million. Inspired by the community's push to reach that milestone, The Patterson Foundation increased our match this year from $500,000 to $636,000. We've been proud to be partners with the campaign for five years, offering a dollar-for-dollar match for new or increased donations. In all the years prior to our partnership to inspire generosity, Season of Sharing raised a maximum of $800,000. 

The $2 million milestone puts Season of Sharing and this community on a positive path toward the campaign's 15th annual kickoff this November. Perhaps Dan Bailey of The Patterson Foundation's designation committee said it best during a recent campaign celebration event:

One can't dig very deeply in his or her yard without hitting water. Likewise, our community has a pool of generosity and philanthropy lying just beneath the surface. The Herald-Tribune Media Group -- along with its media partners -- and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, have, over the past 14 years, drilled a well that has tapped into that pool of community generosity.

The match provided by The Patterson Foundation and the Barancik family are like the fluid one pours down the well casing to prime the pump. Once primed, the well flows like a never-ending gusher.  The product that is unearthed is life-giving, cleansing, and sustaining for those in our community who so desperately need it.

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