Pledge of Champions goal is within reach

BenitoLink's Pledge of Champions drive passes the $25,000 mark with year-end deadline in sight

BenitoLink, San Benito County’s local online news source, has reached $25,050 toward its Pledge of Champions fundraising goal of $30,000. We are closing in on our target as we approach a Dec. 31 deadline! Every dollar earned will be DOUBLED, due to matching funds from a Community Foundation for San Benito County grant and a generous private donor.

BenitoLink is unique because it invites community members to register for a free account on the website and write articles or opinion pieces themselves. As reporters, we can’t live in every neighborhood or join every club or organization. Hearing from you can tell us what concerns you have, give us the imaginative solution you’ve just come up with or share a winning play on the youth sports field. 

We welcome all voices from our community, whether they be Latino, Portuguese, Japanese, veteran, young or old, liberal or conservative. We expect civil language and we review articles and commentaries before they are published to be sure they meet our Terms of Use. The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States protects everyone's right to express their differing perspectives and opinions. That’s how we learn from one another and discover new ideas. BenitoLink promotes this basic right.

As a community engagement hub, BenitoLink is a place where local conversations can happen and regional issues can be explored. Local reporting and forums help our readers get to know those in power and evaluate their performance and accountability. As a nonprofit 501(c)(3), BenitoLink is committed to providing a venue for freedom of expression and a platform for the questions that are a necessary part of open government.

Many thanks to the individuals who have already taken part in the Pledge (listed below) and BenitoLink would like to recognize all the businesses and nonprofits that took part in the Pledge this year: Heritage Bank of Commerce, Hollister Downtown Association, Morris Grassfed Beef, Safehouse Web, Teknova and Tiffany Motors. 

Thanks also go out to our new sponsors who have signed up this month, demonstrating their support for an informed community:

  • Benedict Carota, M.D.
  • Marilyn Ferreira, Intero Real Estate
  • San Benito County Farm Bureau

Because of this donor and sponsor support, our readers can depend on BenitoLink reporters to regularly attend government meetings such as the San Benito County Board of Supervisors, San Juan Bautista and Hollister City Councils and other important community meetings such as school boards. It is our intent to provide consistent, honest reporting about what occurred, so our readers are aware of critical decisions and take part in the county's future.

Join our list of Champions:

Anonymous       $125
Anonymous    $1,000
Ball, George        $250
Barr, Larry & Diane    $1,000
Bessa, John & R.          $50
Bianchi, Bob & Crystel    $1,100
Bikle, Hugh & Jackie       $100
Breen, Christine       $300
Breen, Thomas       $100
Brown, Karminder & Randy       $125
Byrne, Gary & Ria       $125
Clark, Alan       $600
Cullinan, Anita & Mike        $200
Dungy, Daniel       $200
Egland, Valerie       $125
Ellwanger, Margaret       $125
Fata, Vince & Ann         $30
Filice, Kay    $1,000
Fisher, Claudia       $125
Hertage Bank of Commerce    $1,000  
Hollister Downtown Association       $100  
Lanning, Mary Margaret         $35
Larson, Dohn        $75
Lenoir, Carol         $35
Locci, Lois    $1,200   
Meamber, Beverly       $125
Modic, Susan & Jefferey    $1,000  
Morris, Richard & Anne       $500
Morris, Joe & Julie       $250
Morris Grassfed Beef       $250
Pellan, Pamela & Ray       $125  
Rao, Devii         $50
Rose, Sandy & George       $125
Safehouse Web       $150
Schneider, Franz & Mary       $200
Schwabacher, Jackson & Leslie    $1,000
Schwabacher, Martha    $1,000
Sharma, Dr. Parveen    $2,500
Sharma, Rohit    $2,500
Shelton, Andrew       $200  
Smith, Michael         $35
Stratton, Bob    $2,500   
Sutton, Will & Lisa       $500
Teknova    $1,000  
Tiffany Motors       $250
Walerius, Tom       $125   
Wright, Daniel & Denise Cauthen         $50
Wright, Gerry & Dave    $1,000
Thank you, BenitoLink supporters! Total $25,050


Become a Champion and take part in an adventure called BenitoLink, your dependable, online community news and information source.

BenitoLink Donations can be made online or by check mailed to: BenitoLink, 829 San Benito St. Suite 200, Hollister, CA, 95023


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.