Sponsorship Opportunities with Whistlestop
The following list details events, programs and services, and tangible items that are in need of sponsorship at Whistlestop. For each opportunity, we are happy to discuss public recognition options that may be of interest to match your charitable corporate goals.
February – Marin Valentine’s Ball
This black tie gala was originally organized by the late Marin County Supervisor, Hal Brown. The event, held at the Marin Civic Center, benefits Whistlestop and North Bay Children’s Center, Sunny Hills Services, and the Godmothers of Timothy Murphy School for Boys. This is the largest fundraising event in Marin with 500 guests in attendance. The event features a silent auction, live auction, and “Fund-a-Need” segment.
Sponsors are given public recognition in event invitations, event program, and event promotions. Sponsorships range from $2,500 for Friend Sponsor to $15,000 for a Presenting Sponsor. The event annually generates about $50,000 to support Whistlestop and the same for each of the other three charities.
May – Whistlestop Golf Tournament
This tournament is a fundraiser for all of Whistlestop’s programs and services. This is the one of largest tournaments in Marin with over 100 golfers at StoneTree Golf Club in Novato. The event features contests, a silent auction and a raffle. Sponsors are given public recognition in event invitations, event program, and event promotions. Sponsorships range from $250 for a Tee Sponsor to $10,000 for a Presenting Sponsor. The event annually generates about $45,000 to support Whistlestop.
September – Tiburon Home and Yacht Tour
This tour and reception are organized by the ladies of the Marin Foundation Driftwood Unit. The event benefits Whistlestop’s programs and services. We expect 100 guests to tour the homes and enjoy the reception at the Tiburon Yacht Club. The event features a raffle, a silent auction, and a live auction. Sponsors are given public recognition in event invitations and promotions. Sponsorships range from $500 for Friend Sponsor to $7,500 for a Presenting Sponsor. The event annually generates about $20,000 to support Whistlestop.
Multicultural Intergenerational Exchange
This unique program gives native Spanish-speaking older adults the opportunity to share their culture and language with local high school English-speaking students who are learning Spanish. Here are a few quotes from the students:
“Thank you so much for helping us practice our colloquial Spanish! It has helped a lot. I appreciate how patient and easy-going you have been. I realize it can be hard to listen to teenagers who are butchering your native language. Your visits have shown me that what we are learning in class has a real world application: conversing with people! Thank you again.” – Sam B., a Junior
“It was a pleasure to talk to you all when you came to Drake High School. I was fascinated by all of your lives and the interesting experiences you’ve had. I feel as though I learned beyond Spanish and learned the rich history with which each one of you holds. It was a great learning experience.” Jamison B. Sophomore
A sponsorship of this program could help us grow the frequency of visits and variety of schools we could visit. A sponsorship of $5,000 would help to cover transportation, staff, lunch for the older adults and supply costs.
Meals on Wheels Home Delivery Service
The Meals on Wheels (MOW) service provides weekly home delivered meals from a friendly face to over 250 homebound older adults around Marin County. The Hand in Hand Leadership Giving Circle has sponsorships ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 to help to offset the direct costs of the program, including meals, staff and volunteer coordination, fuel, vehicles, and collateral materials. We are happy to discuss public recognition options for this sponsorship.
Jackson Café Food
The Jackson Café offers a friendly atmosphere where everyone is welcome to dine, but those 60 or better get a full lunchtime meal for only $4.50. The meals are deliciously prepared by the student graduates from the New Beginnings Culinary Academy. Our corporate giving program sponsors the food costs in the café for a period of three months for $5,000. For the duration of the sponsorship, we provide large appreciation, recognition signs (2’ x 3’) on the backs of two of our para-transit buses, signs on every table in the café and a ¼ page acknowledgement in our monthly Whistlestop Express newsletter with a distribution of 25,000 throughout Marin.
In addition to the sponsorship of events or programs and services, we have a number of tangible items that we need to continue our operations.
We currently use 150 chairs in the Jackson Café and program areas and 20 meeting room chairs all in need of replacement. A sponsorship of $17,000 would cover this need. We are happy to discuss public recognition options for this sponsorship.
We currently own two Toyota Prius Hybrids for our Meals on Wheels home delivery service. We would like one additional Prius for staff and volunteers to use for deliveries. A sponsorship of $25,000 would assist us in purchasing a new model. We are happy to discuss public recognition options for this sponsorship.