County shows support for nonprofit news

We did it! Readers donated over $40K and BenitoLink will be able to get a full match, doubling those donations to $80K for the nonprofit news organization in 2022.

The BenitoLink team recognizes and thanks our local, regional and even worldwide group of readers who continue to support BenitoLink. 

This past year, because of community donations ranging from $9 to over $20,000, reader-supported BenitoLink was able to bring in $40,000, which will be fully matched to $80K! We appreciate our matching funders Randy and Rebecca Wolf, Sallie Calhoun and Matt Christiano and BenitoLink board members.  

Sharon Maxwell
Kerry & Harry Tobias
Marvin Friedlander
Joan Domingues
Sara Steiner
Gary & Ria Byrne
Tom Breen
Vivian Foster
Christopher Fitz
Larry Slonaker
Margret Ellwanger
Gifford Swanson
Kris Waller
Carol Hawkins
Karminder & Randy Brown
Heather Callens
Nancy Oliveira
Kay Filice
Steve Perricone
Dave & Gerry Wright
Nancy Walters
Mary Margaret & Kurt Lanning
Trisha Brem
Lois & Stelvio Locci
Peter Breen
Phil Freeland
Kate Modic
Susan Dean
Rohit Sharma
Denise & Dan Cauthen-Wright
Chang So
Richard & Susan McDavid
Douglass Judd
Liz Smith
Karen Van Gerpen
Rosemary Kley
Jennifer Coile
Leslie Austin
Lila LaHood
Krista Van Laan
Karson Klauer
Jim Ostdick
Alan & Bonnie Clark
Rebecca & Kristopher Pearson
Leslie & Jackson Schwabacher
Roseanne Herzog
Michael Dobler
Susan & Robert Calleri
Tom Walerius
Michael & Ashleigh Anderson
Alacia Welch
Dr. Martin & Rhoda Bress
Lisa Lentz
Valerie Egland
William Arentzen
Charlie DVM & Lisa Tobias
Dion Warren
Dave Ruprecht 
Nancy Bareilles
Steve Kitrell
Alan & Bonnie Clark (2x)
Nick Bailey
Susan Schwabacher
Martha Schwabacher Family Trust
Kathy Rubino
Ellen Fisher
VFW Aux. No. 9242
Rosemary Kley
MaryAnne Filice
Ramona Koch
Dylan Smith
Bob & Kathy Tiffany
Daniel George
Ken & Brenda Weatherly
John Robrock
Jack Clark
Marianne Gennis
Greg Pape
Jim O’Donnell
Paul Goodman
Roger Brown
Dianne Carman
Marilyn & Richard Ferriera
Janet Watson
Tina Jollyschmidt
Kozean Wright
Kathina Szeto
Jack Murphy
Teresa Lavagnino
Gretchen Lester
Perry Rice
G. Johnson & G. Rocchi
Karen Van Gerpen
Beverly Meamber
Maureen Serafini
Cathy Sorensen 
Steve Hatcher


Beyond this, BenitoLink will be receiving $13,000 from the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN) and an additional $4,000 from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Democracy Fund for having a newsroom that accurately represents the demographics of the community it serves. Overall, BenitoLink’s fall fundraiser brought in the most ever—$97,000 which will go toward San Benito County news coverage, in-depth and investigative reporting and BenitoLink hosted events like election forums, town halls and in-person gatherings in 2022. 

We also appreciate the substantial support we get from BenitoLink sponsors: Anderson Homes, Breen Law Firm, Brigantino Irrigation, Calvista Insurance Agency, CASA San Benito, Community Foundation for San Benito County, Del Mar Caregivers, Ferreira Kunz Group, Gavilan College, Golden Memorial, Graniterock, Great Clips, Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital, Health Projects Center, Heritage Bank of Commerce, Hollister Cannabis Co., Hollister Floors and More, Hollister Super, Martha’s Kitchen, San Benito Foods, San Benito Realty, San Benito Integrated Waste Mgmt., Stonebridge Homes, Swank Farms, Taylor Farms, Teknova, Twin Oaks, United Way of San Benito County, San Benito County W.R.A.S.B.C.

BenitoLink also thanks the following foundations for their support: Community Foundation for San Benito County, Institute for Nonprofit News, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Democracy Fund, Cal Humanities, Monterey Peninsula Foundation/AT&T Golf Tournament, United Way, Emma Bowen Foundation and Silicon Valley Community Foundation. 

We want to thank our major donors who have consistently supported a free, accessible BenitoLink; Randy and Rebecca Wolf, Sallie Calhoun and Matt Christiano, Hugh and Jackie Bikle, Rohit Sharma and Dave and Gerry Wright. Together, with your continued involvement, we can build the nonpartisan and accountable public service news organization that San Benito County residents deserve.





Leslie David

Leslie David is a Bay Area independent reporter/producer and is a BenitoLink founding board member. She has produced for radio, television, newspaper and magazines in both California and Wyoming. She was with KRON-TV News in San Francisco as camera-woman, editor and field producer, where she won the Commonwealth Club's Thomas Storke Award with Linda Yee for their series on the Aids Epidemic. She started as a small market news reporter shooting her own 16mm film at KEYT-TV Santa Barbara. Leslie lives on a ranch with her family in San Benito County.