Although the SAR Charitable Foundation is new, SAR has a long history of charitable involvement, both in terms of financial and volunteer support, and a proven track record. SAR volunteers carefully research the charities they support, to determine they are well-run and fit with our priorities. The Foundation’s first priority is shelter, including organizations that support homeownership, affordable housing, housing rehabilitation, and homelessness. The second priority is assistance to under-served, low-income communities and at-risk youth. This takes the form of programs supporting basic and urgent human needs, such as: food and shelter; health; family support; education as it relates to basic human needs; and opportunities for at-risk youth such as leadership building and life skills programs. Livable and sustainable communities are the third priority. Community-based programs that enhance safety, mobility, appearance and recreational opportunities may also receive Foundation support. A gala is set for June 22 to introduce the SAR Charitable Foundation to the community. The Charter Gala, “Moonlight and Melody,” will be a special evening, featuring champagne, a “wine wall” for bidding, a seated dinner and dancing to the music of the John Skinner Big Band. Tickets will be $100 per person. The range of sponsorship opportunities is $7500 for “Gold” to $1000 for the “Pearl” sponsor. A variety of benefits are offered at each level. Foundation Board members are currently contacting potential sponsors. Anyone who is interested should also contact Deborah Grinnell, SAR Director of Events and Marketing, at email@example.com, or Janelle Fallan, chief Operating Officer for the Foundation, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Support of the SAR Charitable Foundation will put sponsors in the company of those who see the benefit of channeling SAR’s strong tradition of giving through a single source. Donations to the Foundation are also tax deductible. More information about the Foundation is also available at www.sarcharitablefoundation.org.