Franklin Loan Center’s Patrick Zellar
Franklin Loan Center's own Patrick Zellar helped out with raising over $70,000 to be donated to seven different charities in Southern California, one of which was the CSP Youth Shelter in Laguna Beach who received over $15,000. A Taste for Charity was started 20 years ago and have 13+ local restaurants serving tastings of food, coffees and drinks along with local artists who donate art. Local hotels and shops participate by donating stays and items for auction, and companies like Franklin sponsor advertise to give support. Money was also raised by attendees, art sales, and donations/sponsorships. The main organization is the Laguna Board of Realtors/Charitable Assistance fund, LBOR/CAF which is a 501C (3) non profit. This being the 20th year, they went all out and raised over $100,000 and after expenses gave the seven local charities over $70,000, most of which were local Laguna Beach charities. CSP youth Shelter, Laguna Food Pantry, Boys & Girls club in Laguna Beach, 1st Thursday Art walk, Laguna Concert Band, No Square Theater, Laguna Plein Air Artist association, and others. They do a second fund raiser in late September called the Pet Parade, an event where people bring in any animal and have a parade. People bring all variety of animals, pigs, cows, horses, cats, mostly dogs. There is a Chili cook off and vendors all proceeds go towards the animal shelters. Check them out on their website at http://www.lbr-caf.info/
Patrick can be seen here handing out the checks to the different charities.