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Tipping Point Raises $6 Million to Fight Poverty in the Bay Area

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 General News J E 4
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SAN FRANCISCO, May 10 Tipping Point Community, the Bay Area's leading poverty-fighting organization, today announced that its annual benefit held on the evening of May 6 raised $6 million, and 100 percent of the money will go to organizations that provide vital services to local individuals and families in need, as Tipping Point's board underwrites all of the event's costs.

With healthcare making headlines in 2010, Tipping Point Community's benefit focused its major fundraising of the night on bringing integrated pediatric care to the city's most vulnerable youth.

This year's "Be a Tipping Point" auction package raised $4 million from 95 donors to revolutionize urban healthcare by providing child abuse prevention, pediatric care, mental health, and educational resources all within a single building located in southeast San Francisco. With San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center at the helm, this groundbreaking resource will gather the city's best youth-serving professionals to give low-income parents everything they need to keep their children healthy and safe in one accessible location.

"Having a good doctor is essential - but in the communities we serve, it simply isn't enough. You need doctors, social workers, police, nurses, lawyers and city agencies talking to each other in one location to treat the whole child," said Tipping Point Community Founder + CEO, Daniel Lurie. "We are in a region built on innovation. We can be the first in the country to bring top quality streamlined healthcare and abuse response to low-income families."

The benefit was co-chaired by Chris and Bradley James, David Lamond and Kelsey Fithian, Bill and Leigh Matthes, and Tipping Point's newest board member, Jed York. Mr. Lurie served as host of the 4th annual event, while Tipping Point board member Ronnie Lott, Twitter and Square Co-Founder Jack Dorsey and Olympic skier Jonny Moseley also addressed the guests. John Legend entertained the nearly 1,500 guests who gathered at The Warfield for the fundraiser. DJ Ruckus spun for the well attended after party.

Of the night Mr. Lurie commented, "This evening's record-breaking results, coupled with an outstanding fundraising year led by a signature $1 million gift from The Brin Wojcicki Foundation, will enable Tipping Point Community to double its funding to the best poverty-fighting organizations in the Bay Area. We're pumped!"

Visit Tippingpoint.org to learn more about participating.

About Tipping Point Community

Tipping Point Community screens non-profits rigorously to find the most effective groups connecting Bay Area individuals and families to the services and opportunities needed to break the cycle of poverty and achieve economic self-sufficiency. Tipping Point's board underwrites all operating and fundraising expenses so that 100% of every dollar donated goes directly toward fighting poverty. More information about Tipping Point Community is available at Tippingpoint.org.

SOURCE Tipping Point Community
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