Cheers to Charity provides funding to Tehachapi based
Cheers to Charity benefits different Tehachapi charities each year. It is our goal to provide a fun, community event all while giving the entire proceeds of the event to small, local non profits.
CHEERS TO CHARITY 2016 Local Non-profit Organizations
COMMUNITY CLEAN SWEEP (CCS) is the event’s organizing nonprofit agency. CCS is dedicated to cleaner, healthier communities. Since 1989, CCS has given thousands of hours and thousands of dollars to communities from Lost Hills to Boron – in an effort to beautify, strengthen and support better places to live and work. Community Clean Sweep will not receive proceeds from the evening’s event.
GATEWAY CONNECTIONS provides children and adults, with special needs, a “gateway to learning and social development” by means of educational programs, recreational opportunities, social activities and performing arts participation. Gateway provides scholarships for speech and equine therapy and currently host a social club (dinner and square dance) for adults with special needs – enabling for a safe, positive social experience. Gateway Connections is dedicated to the empowerment of community members with special needs.
VETERAN COLLABORATIVE SERVICES provides for Veterans Rights Awareness; temporary financial assistance for Veterans and their dependents; Veteran employment training and job search; support for earned Veteran medical, educational and financial benefits; and mentoring services. Their goal is to support local Veterans as they integrate back into civilian life by providing the necessary support to lead successful lives back home.
TEHACHAPI MOUNTAIN SEARCH AND RESCUE assists the Kern County Sheriff and Kern County Fire in search efforts to locate lost, injured or missing individuals within the greater Tehachapi community. These dedicated men and women live up to their motto: “We Search so Others May Live”. In October 2015, these team of well-trained professionals worked over 36 hours straight to help rescue approximately 300 people from stranded and buried vehicles during cataclysmic mudslides.
The following organizations are event partners – helping ensure the success of the evening. These Tehachapi organizations will also benefit financially from Cheers to Charity.
TEHACHAPI ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL strives to preserve Tehachapi’s high quality of life and continuing economic growth. The mission is accomplished in these three ways: business attraction, business retention and business support through public-private partnerships and collaboration.
TEHACHAPI ROTARY CLUB is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the Rotary motto of “SERVICE ABOVE SELF”. Tehachapi’s club was founded in 1987 and has an active group of civic-minded members. Some of their ongoing projects include: an Annual Holiday Lunch for Seniors, a Smoke Detector Project, Literacy efforts and much more. The volunteer organization also actively engages in international programs – benefitting thousands around the world!
TEHACHAPI VALLEY WRESTLING CLUB is a youth wrestling program. Established in 2007, TVWC provides training to enhance wrestling technique and strategy for the betterment of the individual, the community and all higher level wrestling programs.
STALLION SPRINGS CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is a non-profit organization offering emergency training and deployment, to effectively provide emergency response during periods of neighborhood disaster. They work hand-in-hand with public safety agencies including the Stallion Springs Police Department, Kern County Fire Department and Cal Fire.
Funding will be made available to additional nonprofit organizations following the event in the form of mini-grants. Watch for details!
SEPTEMBER 2015: Cheers to Charity distributes $26,500 to local nonprofit organizations
The second year of Tehachapi’s unique, multi-organizational fund-raising event, Cheers to Charity, was a wonderful success. Delicious food, fine wine, scrumptious craft beer and home brews were enjoyed by 500 friends and neighbors. The evening stars, engaging music, friendly conversation and splendid camaraderie made for a truly wonderful night in Tehachapi!
The Cheers to Charity committee made up of Tehachapi residents Yolanda Acevedo, Becca Dillenbeck, Mary Beth Garrison, Samara Hart and Marcia Thompson, met at the Tehachapi Train Depot, on Thursday, September 24th, to thank sponsors, volunteers, restaurants, wineries, breweries, home brewers and attendees.
“We are grateful to everyone who helped make Cheers to Charity an amazing evening of generosity. In truth, the participants were the real stars of the evening! Your support is enabling the Cheers to Charity committee to write checks to 17 nonprofit organizations in the amount of $26,500 – a 75% increase over last year’s giving,” said committee member Mary Beth Garrison.
Feedback from sponsors, attendees, volunteers and participants has been positive. Funds were distributed to the following nonprofit organizations: The Salvation Army of Tehachapi Youth Center $10,000; Stallion Springs Community Emergency Response Team $ 6,000; The Tehachapi Economic Development Council $ 2,500; The Tehachapi Wrestling Club $ 2,500; The Tehachapi Kiwanis Club $ 1,500; and 12 mini-grants totaling $4000.
The 2015 Cheers to Charity mini-grants were given to the Arts, Science and Technology Education Corporation of Tehachapi, Good Shepard Lutheran Preschool & Child Care Center, Houchin Community Blood Bank, Kelly’s Therapeutic Riders, Koinonia Family Services, Sand Canyon Volunteer Council, Tehachapi Community Theatre Association, Tehachapi Community Orchestra Foundation, Tehachapi Humane Society, Tehachapi Lions Club, Tehachapi Society of Pilots, and the Tehachapi Veteran’s Collaborative Services in amounts ranging from $275 – $500 each.
The committee has already begun to plan for the 2016 event. They announced that there will be some exciting surprises next year. “The intention is not to make it bigger, just better,” Garrison continued, with a smile.