Cash & Coat Drive

Clarke Broadcasting Presents the Santa Fly-In Cash and Coat Drive for Interfaith.

Dec 1st, Sonora, CA — Clarke Broadcasting’s 9th annual Cash Drive for Interfaith Social Services raised over $118,000 when combining the numerous community donations and a match by Chicken Ranch Rancheria.

The on-air cash drive ran from 6am until noon on Star 92.7 and 93.5 KKBN, with regular updates as well on AM 1450 and FM 102.7 KVML. All of the donations will go straight to Interfaith Social Services to help families in need in Tuolumne County receive food and basic needs.

Clarke Broadcasting General Manager Larry England adds, “Again, we experienced the tremendous generosity of our community in meeting the needs of our less fortunate friends and neighbors.”

Project Coordinator Maryann Curmi noted, “Donations came from people that could give just one dollar, to thousands of dollars. It proves that this community has the greatest heart.”

The Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians again generously matched all of the community donations, which brought the total to $118,100. Tribal Chairman Lloyd Mathiesen says, “We are absolutely ecstatic to be able to do this for the community. Interfaith does so many great things to help so many people.”

There were several other very sizable donations. Maynord’s Recovery Center donated $10,000, Adventist Health Sonora gave $5,000, Royce Construction and Design donated $2,500, Black Oak Casino Resort/Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians gave $1,000, Betsy Hurst Younger donated $1,000 and Clarke Broadcasting donated $1,000.

In addition, $24,000 was donated via the Sonora Area Foundation and its following funds: Irving J. Symons Foundation, Pat & Jim Johnson Family Fund, Dierker/Ferro Fund, Boyd Family Fund, Ron & Ann Patel Family Fund, Charles & Kate Segerstrom Family Fund, Wilson Family Fund, Calestini/Alves Family Fund, Vanier Family Fund, Caldwell Insurance Community Fund, Hope Springs Eternal Fund, Dream Big Fund donated by Shawn & Kimberly Darr, Roger & Judy Haughton Family Fund, and an anonymous fund

Asked for her reaction to the outpouring of support, Interfaith Director Cathie Peacock, stated, “I can’t believe this. It is hard for me to process and grasp at this moment. It is just wonderful.”

On Saturday despite the inclement weather causing the cancellation of Santa’s Fly-in the community turned out in the pouring rain to donate over 700 coats to help those in need.

Photo from December 1st at Striker Court

Coats arriving by the bagful

Finger puppets are always popular with the kids.

Back in 2016 the weather was a lot more co-operative.

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