Scores of Solano County residents turned out Sunday to help a Vallejo-based nonprofit raise nearly $2,000 to aid people in the Philippines overcome damage caused by natural disasters in December and February.
More than 100 people turned out for the brunch fundraiser, sponsored by the Filipino Community of Solano County organization.
Food and raffle prizes for Sunday’s event were donated by community members and businesses, the nonprofit’s president, Norma Placido, told the Vallejo Times-Herald newspaper.
“I appreciate very much all the help that everyone has shown,” Placido told the newspaper.
“We always try to help anyone that is in need.”
More than 50 people were killed in February’s 6.9-magnitude that struck Negros Oriental province in the Philippines’ central Visayan region, but more than 1,200 were killed by Typhoon Sendong in December.
“So many people died because they were covered in mud caused by the typhoon,” Placido said.
Funds raised at the brunch will be turned over to the Philippines consulate in San Francisco, which sent a representative to the fundraiser.
“We wanted to make sure that the money will go to the right organization,” Placido said.
Donations still are being accepted and can be sent to the Filipino Community of Solano County at 820 Sonoma Blvd. in Vallejo.
For more information or to make a pledge, call the center at (707) 631-8980.