BUY LOCAL GIVE LOCAL WEEK 2016 RAISES $11,543.42 PLUS 14 BOXES OF FARMERS PRODUCE + 53 CLOTHING/FOOD ITEM DONATIONS IN SUPPORT OF SANTA MONICA CHARITIES
Each year, the merchant’s associations are invited to select a Santa Monica charity/nonprofit organization that is meaningful to them. This charity is their designated beneficiary for Buy Local Give Local SM Week. Businesses in each district are invited to participate by collecting donations or raising funds for the charity. Many this year generously donated a percentage of their sales from Buy Local Give Local Week.
Buy Local, Give Local Week 2016 was held October 15th - 22nd. The 2016 partnerships: DTSM Inc + Santa Monica Family YMCA, MSBIA + Heal the Bay, MAMA + Westside Food Bank, OP Blvd + Westside Family Health Center, PIO + The CLARE Foundation, + SMFM + Step Up on Second/ Food Forward. In addition, the American Cancer Society's Discovery Shop was a participating charity partner for a citywide donation drive.
A big thank you to the following businesses and their customers, who participated this year:
American Cancer Discovery Shop SM, Artful, BANDS + BODY, Bezian Bakery, Bike Attack, Bob's Market, Botham Plumbing + Heating, Brooke Rodd, Digital Imaging Specialists, Dogeared, Gilbert's El Indio, GOODS, John Cassese The Dance Doctor, Kathmandu Boutique, Laura Korman Gallery, Love Coffee Bar, Margo's, Moondance Jewelry, Openhouse/Partners Trust, Perry's Cafe + Bike Rentals, Rumba/Kimba Hills Design, Sewing Arts Center, SM Seafood, SM Travel + Tourism, SM Yoga, Texture - A Sweater Store + More, The Hairbrains, Thyme Cafe, TREATS Frozen Yogurt + Wholefoods SM.
Also a big thank you to the Santa Monica Farmers Market Farmers who donated 14 boxes of fresh produce to Step Up on Second/Food Forward: Briar Patch, Coleman Family Farm, Garcia Organic Farm, Kenter Canyon Farm, Maggie’s Farm, McGrath Family Farm, Milliken Family Farm, Munak Farm, Peacock Farm, Polito Family Farm & See Canyon (Cirone)!
In addition, the following Santa Monica restaurants participated in the inaugural Eat2Give Event on October 15, 2016 in support of 17 additional non-profits/charities: Boba Lab, Bowlmor, Caffe Bellagio, CA Pizza Kitchen SM, HB Daisy, Ingo's Tasty Diner, Inotheke, Knuckles + Claws, Kye's, Local Kitchen + Wine Bar, Locanda del Lago, Mondo Taco, Obica, Solidarity, Tasti D-Lite + Planet Smoothie, Solidarity, The Albright, The Ambrose, The Brixton, The Hive, Upper West, + Z Garden. Combined, 54 businesses raised funding for 24 charities during the course of Eat2Give and Buy Local Give Local Week 2016!
ABOUT OUR #BUYLOCALGIVELOCAL MOVEMENT:
Buy Local Give Local Week was first launched in 2014 by the Buy Local Santa Monica Committee and our Santa Monica merchant’s associations--a week dedicated to shopping, eating and playing locally in support of our community! Buy Local Give Local Week is now an annual event and continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Last year's donations totaled $6,782 - this year we exceeded this amount by 67%!
Throughout the year, many of our Buy Local businesses, their owners + staff, actively give back to the community in support of their favorite local charities, local schools, community fundraising events, clothing + food drives, park + beach cleanups + more. Please help us thank + support these generous community partners! Starting in 2017, look out for our Buy Local Give Local SM Business Heroes spotlights showcasing the local business + our local charities who collectively do so much to support our Santa Monica community + help those most in need throughout the year. If you have a nomination or business hero story you'd like us to help share, please email: BuyLocalSM@smgov.net or post on FB/Twitter/Instagram @BuyLocalSM using the hashtag #BuyLocalGiveLocal!
In gratitude.... #BUYLOCALGIVELOCAL