In what has become one of the biggest fundraising days on the Central Coast, Aera Energy was front and center Wednesday for the fifth annual “Day of Hope” event to support the Mission Hope Cancer Center at the Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, and it proved to be a record day.
On Wednesday volunteers fanned out across the Santa Maria area to sell special copies of The Santa Maria Times newspaper for $1. Each purchase benefited the work at Mission Hope Cancer Center. At the end of day, more than $190,000 had been raised for the state-of-the-art center that has oncology treatment, imaging, research, education and outreach services at one location in Santa Maria.
Aera’s team was led by Sr. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Sergio De Castro with Susan Perrell, Michael Dixon, Cenk Temizel, Tak Leung, Brad Freckleton, Plamen Ganev, Megan Hillyer and Rick Rust hawked newspapers along East Betteravia Road and Miller Street. Clad in orange safety vests, with Aera’s logo, the team was sold out of 250 newspapers by 10 a.m., but they raised more than $700 in donations during their morning shift.
“It brings a tear to my face, because they know it’s going to a good cause,” Rust told television station KSBY.
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— Dave Alley (@KCOYDave) April 11, 2018
— KSBY (@KSBY) April 12, 2018
Central Coast once again steps up in a big way during the Day of Hope, generating a record-breaking amount of money raised. The big event brought in $195,000 (and still counting) in donations, smashing the old record by more than $25,000. @DignityHealthCC https://t.co/vAaaoplPtU
— Dave Alley (@KCOYDave) April 12, 2018
Solvang City Manager Brad Vidro sells Day of Hope papers to benefit Mission Hope cancer patients on Mission Drive at Alisal Road. Only $1 to help those in need. @SantaMariaTimes pic.twitter.com/XxzNhKbrwp
— Mike Hodgson (@MHodgsonSYVNews) April 11, 2018
— Len Wood (@lwood83) April 11, 2018