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Four charities raised $358,000 at last month’s Community Brunch

Salvation Army volunteers Seidi Rodrigues, 7, and Janessa Romero, 10, chat with Brenda Schmidt of Turlock during the Community Brunch at Modesto Centre Plaza on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014.
Salvation Army volunteers Seidi Rodrigues, 7, and Janessa Romero, 10, chat with Brenda Schmidt of Turlock during the Community Brunch at Modesto Centre Plaza on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. bahbeck@modbee.com

Four Stanislaus County charities raked in nearly $358,000 in proceeds from last month’s Community Brunch.

The festive four-hour fundraiser was designed as a competition, and the Society for Disabilities came out on top.

“We netted $115,892 in cash. Plus we got a Case Scout golf cart donated to us – valued at $12,000 – for our Camping Unlimited program,” said Marci Boucher, Society for Disabilities’ executive director.

That charity has been serving Stanislaus’ disabled children and adults for more than 65 years, though it has changed its name several times over the decades.

The Education Foundation of Stanislaus County collected $88,470 in profits, Modesto’s Salvation Army and Red Shield received $87,480, and the Stanislaus County Police Activities League got $65,800.

More than 2,000 people dined at the brunch in downtown Modesto, with adult tickets selling for $50 each. The charities also raised money during the event by auctioning off donated items and holding raffles.

All the food and labor needed for the brunch was donated by local businesses and community members.

Modesto entrepreneur Dan Costa and his Costa Family Foundation also raised $110,000 for the charities, in addition to paying to rent Modesto Centre Plaza and to cover the event’s other overhead expenses.

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