Nov 22, 2017
As Sonoma County begins the process of recovering and rebuilding after the wildfires that ravaged many neighborhoods and parklands, organizations continue to do vital outreach to the community. KBBF was the sole source of continuous Spanish-language and bilingual coverage of the fires and related stories for those tumultuous first two weeks. Since the fire, the station’s building has also served as a donation point and distribution center to people in need.
Now, the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Sonoma County has stepped up to recognize KBBF and Alicia Sanchez, the president of the station’s Board of Directors, for all the hard work and on-the-ground reporting the volunteers performed. The Healthcare Foundation focuses exclusively on the northern end of the county, from northern Santa Rosa to the Mendocino border. With its emphasis on access to health and mental health services, as well as early childhood development, it does a lot to support the area’s Latino residents.
Its annual philanthropy luncheon, in December, will include awards for Sanchez as well as James Gore and KSRO’sPat Kerrigan.
Debbie Mason, the CEO of the Healthcare Foundation, credits KBBF with keeping “…our community healthy and well during the fire disasters.”
The wildfires were not completely contained when Halloween was approaching. The organizers of KBBF’s annual Trunk or Treat festivities wondered if the event should go on considering all the heartache and worry in the community. They then decided that it was exactly what families needed to boost their spirit and come together for something positive. Clearly, KBBF’s supporters and neighbors agreed. The parking lot was full of people checking out low-riders, wearing costumes, enjoying foods, listening to music, and watching performances by Windsor Bloco andAztec dancers.
KBBF also staffed a table at the yearly Science Fair hosted at the Fairgrounds. The station did live broadcasting with educators on site as well as the participants.
Fans and supporters of KBBF have three ways they can donate to the station.
1. Send a check by mail to Bilingual Broadcasting Foundation, Inc. (BBFI), P.O. Box 7189, Santa Rosa, CA 95407.
2. Bring a check by the station, located at 1700 Corby Avenue, Suite B, SR, 95407
3. Donate online, either with a one-time gift or a recurring monthly contribution. For more information, consult kbbf.org/donate/
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