Benefiting

Thank you for an amazing celebration!

On October 18, 2014 Opportunity Fund's community gathered to celebrate 20 Years of Opportunity at our gala in Redwood City. Two hundred and fifty supporters came out for an incredible evening that included 'Opportunity Funded' businesses throughout the event: appetizers by food trucks (3-3-3, Adam's Grub Truck, and Kuki's Bowls), a gorgeous dinner by Rebecca Jean Catering and Events, flowers by Paradise Flowers, balloons by Peninsula Party Rentals, chocolates by Schurra's Chocolates, and signs by Yes V Can.
We had fun. We raised funds. And we felt incredibly inspired to help close the gap between dreams and opportunity for so many hard-working people in California. Thank you to everyone who joined us and supported us! Guests enjoyed a delicious dinner in a beautiful space, had good conversations with friends old and new, and felt renewed excitement and hope during the awards program.

It was a very special night, as Opportunity Fund celebrated two decades of hope, impact and investments that close the gap between dreams and opportunities. We were inspired by our awardees Tina Ferguson-Riffe and Miriam Torres, and honorees Mark Leslie and Susan Ford Dorsey - all four are extraordinary examples of leadership, determination and success.   20 Years of Opportunity was our most important fundraiser event
to-date, helping us support thousands of Californians with the financial services they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.

 

Together, we raised $400,000. The funds raised at the event will say "Yes" to 2,000 entrepreneurs and students this year on their path to success.   Every dollar friends invested Saturday evening produces ripple effects in the community. Because of these individuals, small business owners will now be able to hire more people, expand their businesses and contribute to our local economy, and low-income students will be able to pay for their college education and have a better chance to succeed in the future.

LEADERSHIP

20 Years of Opportunity Host Committee

Amy Gurley

Shelley Harrison, Launch Pad
Judy Heyboer, Judy Heyboer Consulting
Wendy Hocolmbe

Arthur Johnson, Andreessen Horowitz

Yun-Fang Juan, Fundastic

Sara Gaviser Leslie, In Other Words

 

Leadership Council

Greg Avis, Summit Partners

Bud Colligan, Accel Partners

Debra Engel

Mark Leslie, Leslie Ventures

Harrison Miller, Summit Partners

John A. Sobrato, Sr., The Sobrato Organization

Board of Directors

David R. Krimm, Chair

Gina Diaz, Oracle

Jeff Donnelly, Zeta Instruments

Amy Gurley

Susan Harper, Bank of America

Shelley Harrison, Launch Pad

Peter Hero, The Hero Group

Arthur Johnson, Andreessen Horowitz

Steven Kaufhold, Kaufhold Gaskin LLP

Jim Koshland, DLA Piper US LLP

Sara Gaviser Leslie, In Other Words
Ash McNeely, Sand Hill Foundation & Pacific Foundation Services

Marc Rand, Marin Community Foundation

Yolanda Ruiz, Zignal Labs

Special thanks to our Sponsors

PRESENTED BY

Bank of America | eBay | Husch Blackwell | JPMorgan Chase | Launch Pad
Beneficial State Bank | US Bank | Silicon Valley Community Foundation

A2Q2 | Boston Private Bank | EWCY Foundation | Heritage Bank of Commerce

In Other Words | Kaufhold Gaskin LLP | The Hero Group

And the Generous Support of

Ash McNeely & Elisa Odabashian

Jeff & Edita Donnelly | Amy & Bill Gurley | Jim & Cathy Koshland | Judy Heyboer

Wendy Holcombe & Carl Kawaja | Sara & Josh Leslie | Marc Rand & Scott Montgomery

Opportunity Fund is California's leading microfinance nonprofit organization. Our microfinance programs are supported by donors from the community whose contributions help to fund loans, provide savings accounts, and build stronger families and vibrant neighborhoods. Since 1994, Opportunity Fund has directed $76 million in microloans and microsavings to help over 8,000 local families.

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