So near yet so far

This successful fall fundraiser is very close to its "reach" goal of $55K.

BenitoLink is getting closer to our year-end goal of $55,000 in individual donations but the final days can be so excruciating! We know that each dollar donated will be doubled thanks to our major donors Sallie Calhoun and Matt Christiano, Randy and Rebecca Wolf, and the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN). San Benito County is so fortunate to have these individuals take a stand for free community news. We hate to see this generous funding opportunity go unused.

Many of our readers, contributors and BenitoLink site users let us know with emails and notes that they see the importance of a local news source and appreciate what we do. But it is so easy to plan or intend to donate but just not get around to actually doing it. Whether you write opinion articles, use our event calendar or simply check in on the site to keep up with current issues, you are a BenitoLink user and your donations, no matter their size, make a difference. Please consider supporting BenitoLink and take an active role in keeping your local news strong and vibrant.

Thank you to those of you who have made a personal commitment and donated already this fall. The match offer ends at midnight Dec. 31:

Alacia Welch Kathy Kessler & David Kessler
Alan Heminger Kay Filice
Amelia Ryan Kerry Lorincz Tobias
Ana Maria De Alba Kimberly Randle
Anita Louise Kane & Michael Roy Kane Kozean Wright & Patrick Wright
Anna Smith Krista Van Laan
Annamaria Baez Kristine Waller
Anne Hall Larry Anderson & Georgeann Anderson
Barbara Rubio Larry Slonaker
Beverley Meamber Laura Romero
Bob Reid Leila Sadeghian
Brenda Weatherly & Ken Weatherly Leslie Austin
Cara Vonk Leslie Schwabacher
Carol Hawkins Liz Smith
Carol Lenoir Lynn Overtree
Chang So Margret Ellwanger & Russell Ellwanger
Charles Tobias, DVM & Dr. Mark Dean Eason & Dawn Eason
Charles W Sorbet Jr Mark Levine
Chi-Cha Russo Mary Kathryn Rubino
Christina Andrade Mary Margaret Lanning
Christine Breen Maryann Armijo
Clark Family Fund McCullogh Family Fund
Daniel Dungy & Nancy MacLean Mel Angel
Dave Ruprecht Michelle Noble McCain
Dave Wright Mitch Hammond
Dawn Soza Monica Vargas
Debbie Pollack Cochran Nancy Oliveira
Denise Cauthen-Wright Nick Bailey
Dennis Finnigan Patrice Kuerschner & Doug Kuerschner
Diane Ortiz Patrick McKenzie
Dianne Carman Paul Scherer
Donna Swanson & Gary Swanson Phillip Esparza
Dr. Lois M. Locci & Dr. Stelvio Locci Rachel Ponce
Dr. Martin Bress & Rhoda Bress Rebecca Salinas
Dr. Parveen Sharma Regina Datta
Dr. Ruby Dholakia & Nikhilesh Dholakia Rhonda Perrotti
Dylan Smith Richard McDavid & Susan Echaore-McDavid
Esther Curtis & Robert Curtis Robert Connolly
Eugene Zanger Robert Bernosky & Jenny Bernosky
Gary & Ria Byrne Robert Marden
Gene Kogle & Kathy Kogle Robin Pollard
George Lewis Roger Brown
Gerri Johnson & Gary Rocchi Rohit Sharma
Gerry Wright Sandy Cabral
Gifford Swanson Sara A Steiner
Gregory Swett Shari Stevenson
Harriet Brin Sharlene Van Rooy
Heather Callens Sophie Schwabacher
Hugh P Bikle & Jacqueline Bikle Stacie A McGrady
Jane Dabo Cruz Steven Perricone
Janet Grist Stirling Burnet
Janet Watson Stirling Burnet
Jean Lierly Stuart Blakewood
Jerry Magorian Susan Dean & Franklin Dean
Joan Domingues Susan Schwabacher
Joan Randolph Tami Aviles
John David Thomas Breen
John Reed Thomas Davis
Judi Johnson Tina Baine
Judy Gansen Tina Jollyschmidt
Karen Van Gerpen Trisha Brem
Karminder Brown & Randy Brown Valerie Egland
Kate Modic William Baker
Kathi Stirling-Morris William Powers
Kathleen Davis Willis Pack
Women’s Club of Hollister Women’s Club of Hollister


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.