advertisement

Grass Valley, Calif. (Dec. 30, 2019) – The 14th annual Night of Giving took place on Dec. 21 at Miners Foundry in Nevada City to raise awareness and support for the community’s only year-round emergency homeless provider, Hospitality House.

Over 500 people attended Night of Giving, more than 100 people volunteered their time, over 40 local businesses supported the event in some capacity, over 30 bands hit the stage to perform, and anonymous angel donors came together to make a triple donation match for the evening possible.

All in all, with the community’s help, over $77,000 was raised to aid the shelter’s operations, which will give 1,550 people each a night of emergency shelter, including meals, showers, clothing, laundry, job training, transportation to appointments, and most of all, customized case management to help individuals transition from homelessness to housing.

2019 Night of Giving. Photo by John Taber

“Hundreds of people are experiencing homelessness in Nevada County right this moment—hundreds,” said Nancy Baglietto, Executive Director at Hospitality House. “Because of our caring community, people in crisis will be given the help they urgently need to return to stability. Lives will change for the better.”

In addition to raising much needed support for the shelter, Night of Giving is also an opportunity for the community to directly hear from individuals struggling with the homelessness and for Hospitality House to honor one of their most cherished volunteers.

This year, the 2019 Utah Phillips’ Love-in-Action award went to volunteer extraordinaire, William Wallace. Wallace’s involvement with the shelter began when he was homeless in 2013 and became one of the first individuals to receive shelter at Utah’s Place.

Janella Kirkman (L) and Leah Farkas (M) present William Wallace (R) the Utah Phillips Love-in-Action Award at Night of Giving. Photo by John Taber

“For me to support and care and give to Hospitality House, an organization that was there when I had a need and didn’t know I needed it, that was six years ago almost to the day … and they were there,” shared Wallace on stage at Night of Giving. “They supported me, they encouraged me, they loved me, they helped me grow … I think it’s so vital to remember where you came from and the people who supported you and to give back…”

Wallace continues to give, volunteering at every opportunity to support the efforts of Hospitality House. At Night of Giving alone, he gave countless hours leading up to the event and was one of the first ones there to set up and one of the last ones to leave. 

Night of Giving began 14 years ago when a local man, Mikail Graham, saw a need and wanted to respond … and since that first year, the community has responded together.