Harvest for Hope is an annual fundraiser that raises money for the impactful programs provided by the Emilio Nares Foundation, hosted by ENF themselves. Gappers are always excited to pitch in and help volunteer on this exciting day every year! The 13th annual Harvest for Hope took place on October 2nd this year at the San Diego Central Library, and gappers were only too eager to help make the event a success. Similar to years past, the event included food and wine samples and tasters from many of San Diego’s finest restaurants, accompanied with both live and silent auctions. Speeches were made by founders Richard and Diane Nares, as well as families directly impacted by the work of ENF. In addition, a live ask was led by gap’s very own CEO, Gary Peterson, who also sits as Board President of ENF. An amazing and beautiful event, this year was one for the record books. Overall, the event raised over $250,000 – well above last year’s record-breaking amount of $170,000!
Thank you to everyone who donated and supported this amazing cause!
The Emilio Nares foundation was founded in 2003 by Richard and Diane Nares after their son Emilio passed away from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. During their experience with childhood cancer, Richard and Diane recognized the impact that transportation has on families battling cancer. What started as Richard driving families to and from cancer treatments has steadily evolved into “Ride With Emilio” providing over 4,500 rides traveling over 100,00 miles every year.
ENF not only provides transportation, they lend a helping hand every step of the way. Many programs have been developed over the years including knitting classes, providing snacks and lunches for patients and families, and even assistance with bereavement.