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Eleven Years of Helping Families in Need through the Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot 2015”

SAN JOSE, Calif. – November 17, 2015 – The Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation is celebrating 11 years of helping local families in need through the Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot.”

The Silicon Valley Turkey Trot needs community support on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 26, to raise $1 million for the five beneficiaries: Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara, San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties, Housing Trust Silicon Valley, Healthier Kids Foundation and the Health Trust.

The Turkey Trot has become a must-attend annual tradition for Silicon Valley where families and friends come together on Thanksgiving morning for a 5K or 10K run/walk in downtown San José (there’s a Kid’s Fun Run, too) while sporting a cool Turkey Trot, long-sleeved race shirt.

Community and business participation in the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot over the past 10 years has raised $5 million for local charities that help provide essential services for local families in need.

These beneficiaries include:
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties: Donated more than $1.6 million over the past 10 years to enable the Food Bank to source millions of pounds of fresh produce – a genuine gift for the kids, families and seniors being fed each month.
Housing Trust Silicon Valley: More than $1.6 million donated over the past 10 years help make Silicon Valley a more affordable place by supporting multifamily lending, homebuyer assistance programs, homeless prevention and neighborhood stabilization.
Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County: The $1.4 million donation over the past 10 years supports the VisionFirst program to provide vision screenings and access to corrective services.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County: Raised $125,000 in two years to support the Food Bank with food distribution for working poor families, children and seniors in Santa Cruz County.
The Health Trust: Donated more than $260,000 in one year to support the advancement of wellness through health educational programs to teach people to prevent and manage diabetic conditions.

Date/time: Nov. 26, Thanksgiving morning (specific race times)
Location: Santa Clara and Market Street in Downtown San José, CA
More info: svturkeytrot.com

Race Day Schedule:
7:30 am: Elite Women’s 5K sponsored by Silicon Valley Bank Financial & PA/USATF Women sponsored by El Camino Hospital
7:45 am: Costume Contest sponsored by Virgin America & Mercury News
8:00 am: Elite Men’s 5K sponsored by Amgen & PA/USATF Men sponsored by PG&E
8:25 am: 10K Wheelchair sponsored by Kaiser Permanente
8:30 am: 10K Run sponsored by San Jose Sharks
8:30 am: Kids activities begin in Kids Fun Zone sponsored by Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
9:10 am: 5K Run/Walk sponsored by KLA Tencor
10:00 am: Elite Awards Ceremony
10:30 am: Kid’s Fun Run sponsored by First 5 Santa Clara County (open to ages 2-7)
12:00 pm: Event Conclusion

About the Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot”
The Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot” celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2014 with more than 26,000 participants in the 5K or 10K walk/run through downtown San Jose. Community participation and sponsors raised $936,000 for the Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County, Housing Trust Silicon Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County and The Health Trust. Founded by Silicon Valley Leadership Group President and CEO Carl Guardino in 2005, the Turkey Trot has raised $5 million over the past 10 years for families in need.

About the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation
The purpose of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation is to improve the quality of life in the Silicon Valley region through the provision of funding for food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education and other basic necessities of life.

The Foundation supports activities that drive a sense of community engagement and serves as a forum for non-partisan research and analysis of public policy issues affecting the Silicon Valley region. It focuses on providing financial and promotional assistance to charities, business and community leaders, scholars and other groups that support its mission.

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