City of Davis Senior Services Announces Donor Gift from the George and Lena Valente Foundation
In early October, the City of Davis Senior Center staff was presented with a $100,000 gift donation from the George & Lena Valente Foundation to assist with the delivery of programs and services to older adults in the community. The majority of the gift ($85,000) is being set aside in the new Senior Services Endowment Fund that was recently established by the Davis City Council in July 2012, and in conjunction with the Yolo Community Foundation and its affiliate the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. The remaining balance of the gift ($15,000) is being used to establish a secondary fund, the Davis Senior Services Improvement Fund, also in conjunction with both the Yolo and Sacramento Region Community Foundations. This secondary fund is designed to provide long term financial support for future capital improvements, maintenance and/or special projects at the Davis Senior Center and in support of its varied programs and services.
The George & Lena Valente Foundation gave their first donation on behalf of the Senior Center in 2000, and was very instrumental in assisting the City and the Senior Citizens of Davis, Inc. with the capital fundraising campaign for the Phase III expansion to the Senior Center in 2001. To date, the Foundation has contributed just short of $1 million in programming and capital support, and the City of Davis is truly appreciative of their continuing generosity throughout the years. It is because of this generous support, by the Valente Foundation and other individuals that the Davis Senior Center continues to touch so many lives of older adults and their family members in such a positive manner.
The City of Davis would also like to acknowledge and express its appreciation to both the Yolo and Sacramento Region Community Foundations for their interest and support to partner with the City in such a unique public/non-profit partnership that promotes and strengthens philanthropy opportunities here in Davis and throughout the region. Their ongoing support to these funds and to prospective donors is vital to the overall success of the partnership’s ability to expand and thrive.
For more information on how to contribute to the Davis Senior Services’ Funds, please contact the Davis Senior Center at (530) 757-5696 or you may also contact the Yolo Community Foundation at (530) 312-0593, www.yolocf.org
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