Saturday, May 13th, Over 750 People Gathered in Downtown Santa Rosa to Race and Raise Funds for Sonoma County Nonprofits. Fundraising Continues Through May 26th with A Goal of Raising an Additional $25,000.
Sonoma County, CA, May 16, 2023 —The Sonoma County Human Race returned to Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa, Saturday, May 13th, on a brilliantly sunny and warm Mother’s Day weekend. An established icon in Sonoma County, The Human Race has raised over $25 million for nearly 7,700 local nonprofits over the past 38 years.
This year’s Human Race drew a crowd of approximately 700-800 community members on Saturday, and has brought in a total of over $111,000, to date, for our community. The fundraiser aims to raise and additional $25,000 in donations for local nonprofits by May 26th, 2023. Donations can be made online at www.humanracenow.org.
“Sonoma County Human Race honors the important work being done by local organizations to better our communities,” said Linda Jacobs, CEO of CVNL. “The Human Race brings together people of all ages, sizes, ethnicity and abilities – One Human Race to support our community. Saturday’s race was full of great energy, big smiles, and fun costumes! We so appreciate everyone coming out to support our local nonprofit community,” says Jacobs. “Now our focus is on meeting the fundraising needs for our participating nonprofits. Anyone can donate online and all donation amounts help directly support the critical services of our local organizations provide to our communities. Please, go online now to donate at humanracenow.org.”
502 individuals of all ages participated in the race. Race results and top finishers are available online. Walkers, rollers, strollers and costumes of all nature – from bananas, to tutus, to pineapples all made for a spirited and fun gathering. Presenting Sponsor Redwood Credit Union’s mascot, ‘Reddy’ the Redwood, danced and cheered racers and participants across the finish line.
“Redwood Credit Union has proudly supported the Human Race for more than two decades and we were thrilled to be back this year,” said Matt Martin, Redwood Credit Union’s Senior Vice President of Community and Government Relations. “Supporting CVNL’s outstanding community work throughout the year is something we’re passionate about. Our team members and their friends and families had an amazing time participating.”
The Sonoma County Human Race is organized by Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) with the generous support of Presenting Sponsor Redwood Credit Union, Champion Sponsor Keysight Technologies and Sutter Health, Marathon Sponsor Hansel Auto Group, Pacesetter Sponsor Luther Burbank Savings, Sprinter Sponsor Bernstein Orthodontics, Kaiser Permanente, Friedman’s Home Improvement, Partnership Resources Group, Syar Foundation and TLCD Architecture and Media Sponsor KZST and In-Kind Sponsors Heart & Sole and Recology Sonoma Marin.
2023 Sonoma County Human Race participating beneficiary organizations include:
American Diabetes Association
American End of Endo Project
Anova Center for Education
Assistance League of Sonoma County
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Santa Rosa
CASA of Sonoma County – Court Appointed Special Advocates
Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership
Center for Well-Being
Ceres Community Project
Children’s Museum of Sonoma County
Chop’s Teen Club
Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County (CAP)
Conservation Corps North Bay
di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art
Disability Services & Legal Center (DSLC)
Disabled Veterans of Sonoma County Chapter 48
Ella Bisbee Fund @ Community Foundation Sonoma County
Farm to Pantry
Free to Be
Friends of Sonoma County Animal Shelter
Heartfelt Help Foundation
Junior League of Napa Sonoma
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)
Lomi School Foundation
Museum of Sonoma County
Nuestra Comunidad (NC)
Our Village Closet
Providence Hospice Sonoma County
Raphael House of San Francisco
Reach for Home
Redwood Empire Chapter Sons of the American Revolution
Redwood Empire Food Bank
Redwood Empire Foster Parent Association
Rincon Valley Education Foundation
Robert Ferguson Observatory
Santa Rosa French American Charter School Parent Association Foundation
Santa Rosa Youth Soccer League – Santa Rosa South Youth Soccer
The Hero Foundation
The Living Room
Windsor Educational Foundation
Wisdom International – Help2Others
Race times, award recipients, and more may be found online: humanracenow.org.
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About the Sonoma County Human Race: For nearly four decades the Sonoma County Human Race has been a critical fundraiser, advocacy tool, and much anticipated community-building event. Collectively raising over $26 million dollars for 7,700 nonprofits, schools, and community groups across the Bay Area. Visit HumanRaceNow.org.
About CVNL: For over 60 years, CVNL has advanced nonprofits and volunteerism by strengthening leadership, encouraging innovation, and empowering individuals in their communities. Passion alone isn’t enough when it comes to creating strong nonprofits. That’s why we work with aspiring and established leaders every day to help them build the skills and connections that can take their impact to the next level. Together we offer comprehensive programs that support nonprofits and volunteers including Learning & Leadership programs and trainings, executive search, customized consulting solutions, volunteer matching, and corporate engagement. Heart of Marin™, Heart of Napa™ and Heart of Sonoma County events support nonprofits of every size and mission through recognition and cash awards. Other programs and services include the Sonoma County Human Race, Secret Santa, Court Referral Program, and Volunteer Wheels. We provide disaster preparedness training and serve as an Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC), overseeing spontaneous volunteers and donations for Napa, Marin, Sonoma and Solano Counties in the aftermath of a disaster. We believe that with confident and prepared leaders, our nonprofits will be better equipped to create healthy, happy and more equitable communities. Visit www.cvnl.org to discover more