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All is quiet at Camp Arroyo this summer

Uploaded: Aug 27, 2020
Typically, during the last week of August, the team at The Taylor Family Foundation would be scrambling to prepare for its annual huge fundraiser, Day in the Park.

This year, it’s stunningly quiet with the team working from home and the event as well as the summer camping program for children with life-threatening or chronic diseases both cancelled.
Executive Director Angie Carmignani wrote in an email, “…we are still a bit heartbroken over postponing our programs until next year. You and I both know it is the best decision for the children. We have decided to postpone are normal fundraising as well until next year.

“Our summer interns have done an amazing job at putting together program pieces for the campers and local families. I am so proud of them and their work. We will do a small ask this month in hopes to help keep all of our wellness programs afloat for the year.”

Given that their campers are, by definition, at high-risk for COVID-19 it was the only rational choice.

For other non-profits, they’ve pivoted their key fundraisers with many of them taking them online in virtual program. Shepherd’s Gate, the Livermore-based program for recovery program for women and their children, will be online on Oct. 19 instead of in-person with its Backyard Barbecue and Blue Grass. Teen Esteem, the prevention and education program for young people and their parents, pivoted its programs to online and saw its reach explode. Its event will be Sept. 26 for one hour.

Next Step, which supports and educates women with unplanned pregnancies, is taking advantage of the big screen at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton instead of its traditional banquet. The Fall Drive-in Event on Sept. 17 runs from 7-9 p.m. and is free unless participants want to order a tri-tip dinner. Cars will be parked six feet apart and masks will be required if people leave their car or the windows are rolled down.

Organizers of charity golf tournaments, like those running banquets as fundraisers, have also struggled to figure out suitable events. The team at the College Golf Fellowship cancelled their tournament and then sent out an email appeal asking participants to contribute what they’d normally pay to participate or sponsor the event. I will be checking back on all of these to see how they did.

For JDRF, a foundation dedicated to research on Type 1 Diabetes, it was able to profit from one spring event that was cancelled after its fundraising was largely done and then took its second big Bay Area event digital. It needed to figure out how to deal with its fall golf tournament at the Course at Wente Vineyards. That event is chaired by my friend and former newspaper colleague Zoe Francis. She’s been involved with the organization since her oldest daughter, Hannah, was diagnosed when she was 5. She’s now 27.

The organization has taken a huge financial hit nationally because its fundraising is event oriented. It has laid off 40% of its staff and is consolidating chapter offices from more than 60 to 29, Zoe wrote me in an email. Revenue in 2019 was $232 million across the country with much of it devoted to funding research into the cause and potential cures of the autoimmune disease.

The Summer Classic will be digital from Sept. 13-19. It will include a silent and voice auction as well as a livestream on Sept. 19. The different spin is a partnership with the online World Golf Tour that will allow a virtual golf tournament. The online app is owned by the innovative Top Golf company. Its physical locations feature target-oriented two-story driving ranges coupled with music, food and drink. Fun is the first objective.

The online game features 18 world-famous courses such as the Old Course at St. Andrews, Pinehurst No. 2, the Pebble Beach Golf Links, Edgewood Tahoe and the Olympic Club to name a few. The JDRF tournament will be held at Wolf Creek, physically located in Mesquite, NV, but available digitally on any device anywhere.

The Bay Area chapter will honor the Oakland A’s for their long-term partnership with the group.

By contrast, Heart for Africa, which cares for 273 children at Project Canaan in Eswatini, has its U.S. headquarters in the Atlanta area. It is moving ahead with its golf tournament in October with business pretty much as usual except for not pulling pins and an attendant serving food at the buffet. Different states, different approaches.

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Posted by Rich Buckley, a resident of Livermore,
on Aug 27, 2020 at 10:26 am

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A new foot trail leads over to the Taylor Foundation Camp Arroyo from Veteran's Park. The South end of Sycamore Park in Livermore is called Veterans entry. A new dirt trail was developed that hugs the creek. The trail leads south out of the Veteran's parking lot over to Camp Arroyo entry and beyond. It's a short shady walk shared with bicyclers. All the bicyclers are very respectful. My wife and I encountered a couple of dozen bicyclers along this short narrow foot trail. Every one of them pulled off the trail and asked my wife and I to pass through. When they approached from the rear they were really cautious and polite. The only thing missing when we got back to the car, The Grill at Wentes was temporarily closed. It's still reported on Google as "temporarily closed."

Posted by Janet Adams, a resident of Danville,
on Aug 29, 2020 at 2:55 am

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It's a wonderful decision to cancel the events during the intense days of the pandemic Covid 19. The nature of the virus is that if we are following all the precautionary methods instructed by the authority, we are totally safe. If we try to get out of the bubble, then we are getting exposed to the virus and to face the consequences.

So, taking any risk, especially in case of these children is not a wise decision. I'm working as a professional full time nanny (here - ) and the kids are all home now as the schools closed for an undisclosed period. They were quite sad during the early days of shutdown, but now they are getting used to the homeschooling classes.

The thing with the Coronavirus is that we have to think about being it here for a a year so, and have to adjust lifestyle to combat the unexpected situation we are in.

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