GROVER BEACH, CA — Fin's Seafood Restaurant in Grover Beach raised more that $19k for children, youth and families who are either homeless or those with critical needs.
100% of the proceeds from the annual "Dinner for a Cause" held on a rainy December 3 which was "Giving Tuesday" which is always the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.
Several donations were acknowledged during the evening. The first was a $5,000 cash donation from a woman who received help from the 5cities Homeless Coalition who had been living in a shed without plumbing. The second donation of $1,800 was from a band called Sound Investment who have donated their time and provided entertainment for the event. Another donation came from New York Mets All Star and Nipomo native Jeff McNeil. He donated a one-hour guided baseball practice and lunch at Fin's to the highest bidder.
“We are grateful to Bruce Van Vort and the outstanding crew at Fin’s, Jeff McNeil, Sound Investment, our volunteers, our donors and our sponsors, as well as community members who turned out in spite of the weather,” Nichols said. “The funds contributed on Giving Tuesday couldn’t come at a better time.”
Money raised will help meet the increasing calls for Coalition services. “We respond to more than 3,000 calls every year to help families with housing assistance, eviction prevention services and basic needs,” Nichols said. Donations help fund case management, programs and operating costs as well as direct financial assistance for families – particularly children and youth – facing homelessness.
Pacific Premier Bank and 23 other local businesses and individuals partnered with Fin’s this year to host the event.
5Cities Homeless Coalition is recognized as a leading advocate for the homeless in South County. The Coalition strengthens the community by mobilizing resources, fostering hope, and advocating for those who are homeless and facing homelessness.