Charity Fund Raiser

I attended a charity fund raiser.

This one was to honor a San Mateo County Board of Supervisors member Rose Jacobs Gibson. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit “the Centre” of Redwood City. The Centre is a facility whose purpose is to provide a continuum of care that will support people who want to change their lives. The event was held at the Centre. Participants in the Centre program prepared all the food. It was delicious which is unusual for banquet food.

Supervisor Jacobs Gibson initiated the Re-Entry subcommittee to help create a more holistic approach at addressing the needs of the formerly incarcerated such as housing, employment, and drug and alcohol treatment and mental health services.  The Centre is a place that addresses those needs.  It is no surprise that Rose Jacob Gibson would like having her event support the Centre and her friend Shirley LaMarr (Mz Shirliz) the Executive Director. For more information on “the Centre” go to

Quotes on charity:

• “A bone to the dog is not charity.  Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.”  – Jack London

•“Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.” – Francis of Assisi

•“If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.” – Bob Hope

•“The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

•“Charity is a fine thing if it’s meeting a gap where needs must be met and there are no other resources. But in the long term we need to support people into helping themselves.” – Annie Lennox


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