The Community Brunch fundraiser Sunday will raise well over $250,000 for local charities, promised Modesto entrepreneur and philanthropist Dan Costa.
“That’s going to be enough to move the needle for some of these charities,” said Costa, a self-made multimillionaire whose Costa Family Foundation is organizing the event at Modesto Centre Plaza. “It’s a big undertaking, but it’s a big return, too.”
The brunch expects to serve 3,000 upscale meals between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to benefit five local charities.
“We always try to do a big project for the community every two years,” Costa explained. “We take on these large projects to bring a large number of people together. This allows everybody to get involved at varying levels.”
Brunch tickets cost $50 for adults and $25 for kids age 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door, 1000 L St, Modesto, or online at www.TheCommunityBrunch.com.
Virtually all the food for the event was donated by local producers and vendors, and Costa’s family is covering the other expenses.
Costa assured that “100 percent of your ticket money is going to the charity.” Various donated goods and services also will be auctioned off during the brunch, and the charities will get all of that cash, too.
Proceeds will benefit the Society for Disabilities, Modesto’s Salvation Army and Red Shield, the Stanislaus County Police Activities League, the Education Foundation of Stanislaus County and local Boy Scout troops.
“We always try to include charities involved with helping underprivileged youth,” Costa said. “If we can help our youth, it will strengthen their hopes for a brighter future, and that will benefit our whole community.”
Besides what’s collected from ticket sales and auctions, Costa raised more than $110,000 to distribute to those charities. He set up the brunch as kind of a fundraising competition among the nonprofits, so those that raise the most money on their own will get the larger shares of what his family raised for them.
“Charities need to run their fundraising events like a business and learn to watch costs,” Costa advised. “This competition will help them hone their skills and do better at fundraising in the future.”