Community - August 10, 2011

Menlo briefs: Aiming to raise $365,000 for Habitat for Humanity

by Sandy Brundage

A month-long raffle kicks off Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage's 13th annual affordable housing fundraising campaign.

All proceeds from the raffle go to Habitat for Humanity. According to a company spokesperson, last year the campaign raised $105,000, enough money to build 32 homes for low-income families.

This year, they hope to raise $365,100. The raffle runs through Aug. 31 and costs $2 per ticket, which are available at any Coldwell office. Prizes include $5,000 donated by Princeton Capital; gift certificates; and hotel stays.

Go to or call 925-275-3085 for more information.

Chamber announces August mixer

This month's Chamber of Commerce mixer comes to Menlo Park courtesy of Peninsula Volunteers. The event runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 800 Middle Ave. on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Google buys Menlo Park's The Dealmap

A Menlo Park company just joined the Google family on Aug. 2. The Dealmap, which opened in May 2010 and aggregates local discounts, sold to Google for an undisclosed amount of money months after the online search engine giant tried and failed to buy a similar business, Groupon.

"We're passionate about helping people save money while having great local experiences, and in Google we've found the perfect partner that shares this passion, as well as our vision and strategy," The Dealmap said in a statement on its website.

The company claims more than 2 million users and earned a spot in the Wall Street Journal's "Top 10 Apps of 2010."

Restaurants wanted

Dining out can help seniors dine in. Peninsula Volunteers is asking local restaurants to sign up for its second annual "Bay Area Dine Out" fundraising campaign.

Participating restaurants agree to donate a percentage of sales on Oct. 4. Proceeds go to the nonprofit's Meals on Wheels program that delivers 1,300 meals each week to the county's senior citizens and disabled adults.

So far, eight Menlo Park restaurants, including Lutticken's and Oak City Bar and Grill, are on board. To be included in the printed pamphlet advertising the campaign, restaurants must sign up by Monday, Aug. 15.

Call Meals on Wheels manager Marilyn Baker-Venturini at 326-0665, ext. 232, for more information.


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